Pulong dares senator to prove what’s on the video

Paolo Duterte: Video exposé ‘stamped with indelible Trillanes signature’

Pulong tags Trillanes as behind video exposé linking him to drugs

MANILA, Philippines—Presidential son Paolo “Pulong” Duterte on Thursday tagged opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as the one behind the video circulating online detailing his alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.


In a Facebook post, Duterte also threatened to file another string of cases against Trillanes for his “continued attempts to destroy my reputation.”


If there’s anything admirable about Mr. Antonio Trillanes, it is his relentlessness and talent to turn the absurd into…

Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte – Official 发布于 2019年4月3日周三

Duterte, who is running unopposed as Davao first district representative, and his brother-in-law Mans Carpio had filed libel cases against Trillanes.

READ: Paolo Duterte denies getting kickbacks from drug syndicates / Paolo Duterte files another libel suit vs Trillanes for drug smuggling tag

“He may deny it, but the video supposedly showing my involvement in the illegal drug trade in the country has been clearly stamped with the indelible Trillanes signature of being a desperate mercenary, one who has done nothing good but attack the government,” Duterte said.

“I have filed cases against Mr. Trillanes for ruining my name. I will file another string of cases for his continued attempts to destroy my reputation,” he added.

A video circulating the social media has named Duterte as among the “principals” of a drug syndicate who allegedly received millions of kickbacks from the group.


A hooded man alias “Bikoy,” who claimed to be a member of the syndicate, also appeared in the video and said that Duterte had his alleged code name in the group tattooed on his back.

However, Duterte said he will not show the tattoo on his back and instead dared Trillanes and “everyone behind the stupid and empty video exposé to back their claims against me.”

Malacañang has already dismissed the video exposé as a mere “black propaganda.”

READ: Palace on video linking Paolo Duterte to drug trade: Black propaganda

Trillanes, one of the Duterte administration’s fiercest critics, previously accused the Presidential son of involvement in the large-scale illegal drug trade.

Trillanes was the one who first broached Duterte’s alleged dragon-like tattoo on his back which he said is a proof of his ties with the drug trafficking triad.

Paolo had rejected Trillanes’ dare for him to show his back to disprove the allegations during a Senate hearing, invoking his right to privacy. /jpv

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Bikoy, Drug Trade, Illegal drugs, Local news, Paolo Duterte, Philippine news update, Trillanes
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.