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Alejano, Macalintal deny Otso Diretso bets met with Advincula

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 5/23/2019 Kaufman, Karl
Lorenzo Tañada III, T. M. Soundararajan posing for the camera: Four Otso Diretso senatorial candidates — (l to r) Erin Tañada, Romulo Macalintal, Samira Gutoc and Gary Alejano — woo Caviteños during a campaign sortie in Kawit, Cavite, on Monday evening, May 6, 2019. Danny Pata Four Otso Diretso senatorial candidates — (l to r) Erin Tañada, Romulo Macalintal, Samira Gutoc and Gary Alejano — woo Caviteños during a campaign sortie in Kawit, Cavite, on Monday evening, May 6, 2019. Danny Pata

Defeated opposition senatorial candidates Gary Alejano and Romulo Macalintal on Thursday denied involvement in the alleged plot to discredit the Duterte administration through a series of videos.

"Maliwanag na kasinungalingan 'yan," Alejano said in an interview on Dobol B sa News TV, referring to Peter Joemel Advincula's claim that Otso Diretso bets were part of the plot and that he had met with them all except Manuel "Mar" Roxas.

"Hindi ko nakaharap 'yan. I never met him. Sa Otso Diretso, hindi kami gagawa ng kalokohan para kami makapwesto," Alejano added.

Advincula claimed to be the hooded man named Bikoy in the videos, which accused members of the First Family and incoming senator Bong Go of receiving drug money.

At a press conference on Thursday, Advincula said the videos were all lies and part of a plot to bring down the Duterte administration and install Vice President Leni Robredo as President.

"Ang galing niya gumawa gawa ng kwento. Ang galing niya mangdamay. Kung naniniwala silang totoo yan, mag-file sila ng kaso sa korte. Hindi 'yung gumagawa gawa sila ng kwento sa press con,” Alejano said of Advincula.

Macalintal found Advincula's claim as ridiculous and false.

"Hindi ko nakakausap 'yan. Saka nakausap raw niya ang Otso Diretso? Hindi nga kami nakukumpleto eh," he said in a separate interview.

"Sinasabi niyang wala si Mar Roxas kasi hindi naman talaga namin nakakasama si Mar Roxas, bihira lang. Kasi pag kasama namin siya, siya na lang ang napapansin dahil siya ang kilala ng tao. Kaya ang ginawa namin, hiwa-hiwalay kami," Macalintal said. —KBK, GMA News

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