PETER Joemel Advincula, the man who claimed to be the ‘Bikoy’ in the series of anti-Duterte videos shown prior to the May 13 national and local elections, can be given police protection if he applies for it and is able to prove his life is really in danger, Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said yesterday.
“Mr. Advincula posted bail over the weekend upon return of the warrant for his arrest and is in effect, temporarily, now a freeman. Advincula has been released from PNP custody Saturday afternoon and was accompanied by his brother. He left without a formal request for security,” the top cop told a news briefing at Camp Crame.
However, he said that they believe that Advincula is already security-conscious and knows he has to be aware of his surroundings. In the event the whistleblower applies for security protection from the Police Security and Protection Group, he will have to pass through the normal process just like everybody else, the PNP chief said.
It means that Advincula will have to get a Threat Assessment from the PNP Regional Office which has supervision over the place where he is staying, the assessment to be validated by the PNP Directorate for Intelligence and later approved by the PNP chief.
Journal Group sources said that the whistleblower is currently staying with some relatives, at least two of them policemen, for his own protection.
Gen. Albayalde expressed belief that Advincula will still return to file an exta-judicial confession. However, he said that Advincula needed to substantiate his charges with evidence.
Probe IBP execs — lawyer
Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio yesterday asked Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin to investigate officers of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines for allowing Peter Joemel Advincula alias ‘Bikoy’ to hold a press conference at the IBP headquarters in Pasig City last May 6.
In a letter to Bersamin, Topacio said Advincula’s press conference in IBP headquarters created an impression that the entire group was supporting his disclosures linking President Duterte and his family to the illegal drugs trade.
“Much damage has been done to the IBP, as well as to the legal profession in general hence, the officers responsible for this reprehensible event should be investigated and held accountable,” Topacio said.
Trillanes on ‘Bikoy’
Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV admitted having met Peter Joemel Advincula, who claims to be “Bikoy,” but even before the posting on social media of the “Totoong Narcolist” videos.
In his privilege speech, Trillanes said that some priest from the Catholic church introduced to him Advincula some time in April while they wre searching for Bikoy’s sanctuary due to threats to his life supposedly by members of the drug syndicates.
But instead of grabbing the opportunity, Trillanes said that he ordered a vetting of the documents provided by Advincula but have yet to verify their legitimacy.
As for the allegations that he is the one behind Advincula’s confession, Trillanes vehemently denied it including the ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte.