A MAN claiming to be the real “Bikoy” who exposed the alleged complicity of President Duterte and his family in the illegal drugs trade through a series of Youtube videos yesterday surfaced at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) headquarters in Pasig City.
In a hastily-called press briefing, the man identified himself as Peter Joemel Advincula, a former marketing executive of firm VitaPlus based in Bicol region.
Advincula claimed that he sought legal assistance from the IBP in suing members of the drug syndicates, and to deny his supposed ties with the opposition Liberal Party.
“Nandito po ako ngayon sa tanggapan ng IBP upang humingi ng legal assistance,” Bikoy said.
For his part, IBP president Abdiel Fajardo said that they would still evaluate Advincula’s statements before deciding whether to accept him as client or not.
In the controversial videos titled “Ang Totoong Narco-list,” ‘Bikoy’ bared the alleged involvement of members of the First Family and his ex-top assistant in illegal drugs including the alleged laundering of drugs money. He identified them as former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, his son-in-law Atty. Manases Carpio, and former aide Christopher Go.
“Ako si Bikoy. Ako po ay tunay na tao at hindi kathang isip lang tulad ng sinasabi ng ibang tao. Andito ako ngayon sa tanggapan ng Integrated Bar of the Philippines upang humingi ng legal assistance. Kailangan ko ng abogado para isubmit ang aking sinumpaang salaysay at tulungan ako magsampa ng kaso laban sa mga miyembro ng sindikato,” Advincula said.
“Handa po ako humarap sa ano mang imbestigasyon ng Senado upang patotohanan ang lahat ng inilabas ko sa video serye,” he said.
PNP on alleged Bikoy
“If at all the person who surfaced today is the authentic ‘Bikoy’ who is the subject of an ongoing investigation, good for him because he just spared himself the trouble of having to hide behind the cloak of anonymity any further and allowed the opportunity (to) substantiate his serious accusations and convince the Filipino people that he is worth listening to, otherwise, he is just wasting our time with his fantastic tale. At any rate, he still has a lot of explaining to do for his actions and the real motive behind it,” said Philippine National Police spokesman Colonel Bernard M. Banac.
“Likewise, the PNP will continue its investigation and validate his identity as we do not take his claim at surface level. We will ascertain his identity based on evidence, and if he is willing, he may come over either to the NBI or the PNP,” Banac added.
Gov’t to sue
The government would prosecute persons behind the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos if they violated laws, Malacañang has warned.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the statement after “Bikoy,” the hooded narrator in the videos surfaced Monday at the Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) in Pasig City and identified himself as Peter Joemel Advincula.
“Let’s hear him out, what he’s going to say. Like what we’ve always been saying, the video is a black propaganda against the government,” Panelo said.
Panelo, who is also President Rodrigo Duterte’s chief legal counsel, said he expects concerned government agencies to file charges against the persons behind the videos if proven to have violated the laws.
“We will let the investigators do their job and if they may find any evidence, whoever they arrested has violated [the] law, then they have to prosecute the person,” he said.
The Department of Justice yesterday recommended the indictment of Rodel Jayme, the administrator of website Metrobalita believed to have spread the Youtube series “Ang Totoong Narco-list.”
Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Anna Devanadera said an information for inciting sedition will be filed today before the Parañaque City regional trial court.
This was after a probable cause was established against Jayme after inquest proceeding.
Also in the resolution, the National Bureau of Investigation was directed to investigate other personalities who posted the videos which linked the First Family to illegal drugs activities.
Just recently, NBI agents arrested Jayme on the strength of a search warrant issued by Makati regional trial court Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said forensic examination on the seized equipment showed that Jayme was indeed the registrant and administrator of the website.
With Alfred Dalizon, EMontano