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Rodel Jayme denies knowledge of uploaded ‘Bikoy’ videos

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Rodel Jayme, the alleged uploader of the controversial “Bikoy” videos

Rodel Jayme, the web developer who was tagged as the hooded man in the Bikoy videos, has vehemently denied any knowledge of the “real narcolist” videos that have gone viral on social media.

Jayme reiterated that his conscience is clear and that he never had any participation in the uploading and subsequent sharing of the “Bikoy” videos that implicated the family of President Rodrigo Duterte, former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, and other personalities in the illegal drugs trade.

He added that, “Hindi rin ako si Bikoy na kagaya kinakalat ng ng iba na ako daw yung nagsasalita sa video totally. Wala po akong alam [I’m also not Bikoy, as what others had been spreading as the one in the video. I don’t know anything [about it]).”

Jayme, however, admitted that he was the one who developed the website of Metro Balita.net, but he had never used it to upload or share the Bikoy videos.

The first series of the videos was uploaded on April 2, 2019 in the Facebook page of Metro Balita which was also created by Jayme.

Nevertheless, Jayme said somebody else controls the account.

“Actually, hindi ako ang nag-post, bale yung nagpagawa ang nagpopost noon. Kaya hindi ko alam kung may kasama siya or kung ano ang plano nila basta ang akin lang ako ang naging web master ng website. After noon binigay ko na access sa kanya. Wala na akong kinalaman doon (I wasn’t the one who posted [the videos]. They were posted by the one who asked me to create (the account]. So I don’t know if that person is working with anyone or what their plans are. I was just the webmaster of the website. After I turned over the access to them, I had nothing to do with it anymore),” he added.

Jayme further said that a certain “Maru Nguyen” and “Maru Xie” were the ones who contracted with him for the web accounts.

Meanwhile, an inciting to sedition complaint has been filed against Jayme before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said that based on Jayme’s email and Facebook conversations, the attacks against the government were well-planned and were backed by several personalities.

The complaint has been submitted for resolution at the DOJ. –(with details from April Cenedoza), mbmf

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President Duterte also has a right to privacy—DOJ

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets members of Japan’s House of Councillors during their courtesy call together with Japan House of Councillors President Chuichi Date, at the Malacañan Palace on January 8, 2019. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte also enjoys the right to privacy under the Constitution, according to Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

In a text message, the Justice Secretary said the president will only be obligated to disclose his health to the public if he is suffering a serious illness.

“The Constitution requires the President to divulge any serious illness on his part. But if the illness is not serious enough to affect the discharge of his official functions, the President has no duty to inform anyone,” he said.

Guevarra added that if Duterte’s illness will not disrupt his duty as president, the he is not obligated to inform the public.

During the weekend, there were rumors circulating that President Duterte was confined in Cardinal Santos Medical Center. However, on Sunday (May 19), former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go posted photos of him and President Duterte enjoying breakfast.

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Jayme pleads ‘not guilty’ to sedition charges

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Rodel Jayme, the webmaster of the website which first shared the “Bikoy” videos

MANILA, Philippines – Website Administrator Rodel Jayme, who was accused of sharing internet videos linking the Duterte family to narcotics trade, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of inciting to sedition.

Jayme on Tuesday, entered the plea when he was arraigned before the Parañaque Regional Trial Court Branch 258.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed the inciting to sedition rap in relation to the anti-cybercrime law, an offense punishable by a prison term of six to 12 years.

The DOJ said Jayme’s posting of videos is not an exercise of his freedom of speech and expression but a “clear act to arouse among its viewers a sense of dissatisfaction against the duly constituted authorities.”

READ: Prosecutors find probable cause to indict Jayme for violation of Art. 142 of RPC

The 27-year old webmaster admitted to developing the website which was later used to host the series of online videos entitled, “Ang Totoong Narco List,” where a certain ‘Bikoy’ implicated some members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s family and close associates to the illegal drug trade.

However, he denied involvement in the uploading and subsequent sharing of videos that have gone viral on social media.

READ: Rodel Jayme denies knowledge of uploaded Bikoy videos

READ: Jayme possible as state witness but no assurance yet – NBI

Jayme earlier expressed willingness to turn state witness to help apprehend the individual who spread the videos. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said it will evaluate if Jayme is qualified to become state witness.

Meanwhile, the court also ordered Jayme’s transfer to the Parañaque City Jail from the NBI.

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Malacañang calls on DOJ to probe ex-NYC Chairman Cardema

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Ronald Cardema

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to probe former National Youth Commission (NYC) chair, Ronald Cardema over possible violations.

“We refer the case of Cardema to the DOJ because we have received reports, that despite his filing of a certificate of substitution, he presided over a meeting subsequent to that certification. So, we are referring the matter to the DOJ,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Panelo said Cardema did not inform the President of his decision and so the Palace directed the DOJ to look into Cardema’s violation of the law or any regulation pertaining to his functions as a public official.

The Palace earlier announced that Cardema was deemed resigned the moment he submitted the petition for substitution to the poll body.

Cardema was a known Duterte ally.

“No allies, no friends, no supporters. If they have committed any wrong, will not be tolerated by this government,” Panelo said.

Cardema, meanwhile, has yet to respond on the issue. – (with reports from Rosalie Coz) Marje Pelayo

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