Department of Justice to wrap up ‘Bikoy’ estafa case

June 04, 2019

THE Department of Justice yesterday declared as submitted for resslution the estafa case filed against Peter Joemel Advincula alias “Bikoy,” who implicated President Duterte and his family in the illegal drugs trade through YouTube videos.

This was after Advincula snubbed anew the DoJ’S preliminary investigation into the estafa case filed against him over a botched beauty pageant in Albay.

Only complainant Arven Valmores, president & CEO of Ardeur World Marketing (center), appeared during the hearing. He was represented by former Bureau of Corrections head Benjamin delos Santos and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Deputy Director General Ruel Lasala.

In his complaint filed last May 10, Valmores said that Advincula did not attend the pageant held on Aug. 11, 2018 after using the corporate name and logo of Valmores’ business -- without his consent -- for promotion.

He said the respondent “became unreachable thereby leaving all the members of the production staff unpaid.”

The complainant said he had to shell out P304,422 to cover the expenses of the pageant as the production staff and pageant winners sought redress.

Advincula surfaced last May 6 to claim that he was the “Bikoy” in the videos that accused several members of the presidential family of links to illegal drug trade in the country.

But Advincula turned himself over to the Philippine National Police and recanted his statements against the Duterte family.