He must personally present a sworn statement, along with his evidence.
If the man claiming to be “Bikoy” can meet these conditions, the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs will hold a hearing on his claims within this week.
“Like it or not, Bikoy has become a political, if not an election issue. The Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs can schedule a hearing this week on one condition: Bikoy must personally present a sworn statement and his evidence to support his accusations,” Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chairman of the Senate panel, said in a tweet.
On Monday, Peter Joemel Advincula – a man claiming to be Bikoy, the hooded man in videos linking the First Family to the drug trade – surfaced and read a statement before media.
Advincula read his statement at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, but did not immediately take questions from media.
Lacson said he hopes the IBP will give the same amount of assistance to anybody seeking legal assistance, lest it be perceived as engaging in political partisanship.
He also said the IBP has not yet evaluated Bikoy’s accusations, “yet they provided him their facility and a forum to air his accusations.”