MANILA — The man earlier tagged as the sharer of videos linking the Duterte family in the narcotics trade on Friday claimed two supporters of the opposition Liberal Party approached him to create a website later used to host the controversial clips.
Rodel Jayme revealed this as he faced the media a day after his arrest over charges of inciting to sedition in relation to the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
"Nilaglag ako… Kasi kung tutuusin po magkaibigan kami. Bilang kaibigan ginawa ko 'yun," he said of the supposed LP supporters the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) identified as "Maru Nguyen" and "Maru Xie."
(They let me take the fall. We were friends and I did that as a friend.)
He clarified that he only created the website and was never responsible for its content. He said he agreed after being told it would only be used to share articles highlighting the achievements of the previous administration.
"Kapwa po sila supporter noon… ng Liberal Party… Ang website po ay pinagawa lang po sa akin. Hindi po ako si Bikoy. Wala po akong in-upload," Jayme insisted.
(They were both supporters of the Liberal Party… They asked me to create the website. I am not Bikoy. I did not upload anything.)
Youtube clips titled "Ang Totoong Narco-list" featured hooded figure Bikoy who claimed that drug money was funneled into the bank accounts of President Rodrigo Duterte's son former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, his son-in-law Manases Carpio and former aide Christopher "Bong" Go, a senatorial candidate.
"Website lang po ginawa ko bilang web master… Wala po akong ginawang pag-uupload ng mga video… Naghahanapbuhay lang po ako," Jayme added.
(I just created a website as a web master. I did not upload the videos. I was just making a living.)
In the same press conference, NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said Jayme may be considered as a state witness "if he continues to cooperate."
"That's very possible… if he continues to cooperate and spill the beans on the others, depende sa kanilang (depending on their) varying degrees of participation… Kapag napatunayan namin na hanggang doon lang siya sa paggawa ng (Once we prove that his participation is only up to the creation of the) website then upon due application with [the] Department of Justice, he can qualify [to be a state witness]," Lavin said.