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Bzzzzz: 'Bikoy' doesn't tell who conceived, funded the narco videos... Issue involving Cebu City police turns double-pronged: meddling in elections and Garma factor.

CEBU. Cebu City Police Office Chief Royina Garma (right) and "Bikoy," the hooded figure in a viral video who tagged Paolo Duterte and Christopher "Bong" Go as involved in illegal drug trade. (SunStar File)

A MAN, identifying himself as Peter Joemel Advincula, surfaced Monday (May 6) saying he was the hooded figure who appeared in the "Totoong Narco-list" videos that claimed drug money was funneled into bank accounts of President Rodrigo Duterte family members, son Paolo and son-in-law Manases Carpio, and former aide Bong Go. He said he will submit a statement and file cases against members of the "syndicate." He said he has no links to any political party or the LP-supported Otso Diretso senatorial candidates. He also denied knowing Rodel Jayme who created the website that hosted the narco-list videos. Jayme had alleged that the LP tapped him to create the website; not true, the LP said.

What "Bikoy," who said he is a former marketing executive of First Quadrant, didn't tell is who conceived, funded and produced the well-produced videos. And he didn't explain further the story on the alleged tattoos of Paolo and Bong Go.

He said he is "ready to face any Senate investigation."

He has sought the help of the IBP, the lawyers group in Manila, but it wasn't known who'd provide him security.

Last-minute exposes, gimmicks

Topping eleventh-hour surprises from political camps against their rivals are these:

* Photo of Mayor Tomas Osmeña, allegedly playing poker in a wine shop. One Conrado Romano of Barangay Sambag Uno filed last May 2 a complaint against Tomas for "grave misconduct, conduct unbecoming of public official and neglect of duty." He said he saw Tomas play poker on three occasions and took photos of the mayor with other gamblers. The mayor reportedly shrugged off the charges, saying he is used to them already. Thinking that city police Royina Garma was among those behind the charges, Tomas revived the issue of bribery against the former CIDG chief during the Saturday BOPK rally.

* The alleged pay-offs made by gambling lords to then CIDG chief Garma were P1 million a week, Mayor Osmeña told rally participants at the Cebu City Sports Center. Although the city police chief is not a candidate, the issue must have been intended to hurt Partido Barug that the police, through Garma, allegedly is supporting in the elections.

The attack on the police chief must have bothered President Duterte enough to summon her to a face-to-face meeting. What gives on the Garma issue, which has now become multi-pronged?

There may be one or two more surprises, with four campaign days to go. But what could still affect the results in so short a time? Nothing less than an "Oh my God" expose.

Scare tactic or for real?

A plan unwrapped by a radio propagandist said the first wife of a congressman would go the rounds in the towns and city comprising her ex-husband's district to complain about the infidelity that broke up their marriage.

Highly implausible as no woman would wish to trumpet her loss in the field of love even if it had shattered her marriage and caused a lot of pain. And what would she talk about: why neither the husband nor the second wife would make a good legislator?

Still, it's the kind of propaganda that perks up public interest though it could turn out to be bogus.

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