‘Real Bikoy’ resurfaces

Peter Joemel 'Bikoy' Advincula

PETER Joemel Advincula, the confessed real ‘Bikoy’ who appeared in a series of anti-Duterte videos prior to the May 13 national and local elections surrendered to the Philippine National Police on Wednesday and yesterday tagged opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and the Liberal Party as the ones behind the ‘Ang Totoong Narcolist’ videos.

Flanked by top PNP officials led by PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, Advincula claimed that the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos were all “big lies” designed by Trillanes with the help of the Liberal Party to discredit former Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ T. Go in his senatorial bid and attract votes for the LP ‘Otso Diretso’ senatorial candidates who were decimated by President Duterte’s bets.

Apart from Trillanes, he identified two members of the LP, Sen. Risa Hontiveros and detained Sen. Leila de Lima as among those who directed his actions. Advincula was presented to the media by Gen. Albayalde, PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group director Major General Amador V. Corpus and National Capital Region Police Office director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar.

“Actually after this press conference, kung maniniwala pa ang tao sa akin... ang lahat ng nangyari sa Totoong Narcolist, video episode one to video episode five, ‘yung na-record ko, lahat ‘yun pawang scripted, pawang kasinungalingan,” he said a day after Go and former PNP chief retired Gen. Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa were proclaimed among the Top 5 winners in the May 13 senatorial race.

“Itong paputok ng kay Bikoy [ay] para ma-discredit si Senator-elect Bong Go, ‘yung iba pang mga sangkot na pulitiko... ‘Yun ay pawang orchestrated lamang ng Liberal Party under the handle of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV,” Advincula said.

Advincula claimed that the personalities behind the series of anti-Duterte videos promised him P500,000 in exchange for acting as the narrator of the ‘Ang Totoong Narcolist’ videos. He said that a priest whom he did not identify introduced him to Sen. Trillanes but after agreeing to the deal, he claimed that the money promised him was not given at all.

Bothered by his conscience, he said he was forced to surrender. “Ito na yung totoong tawag ng konsensya na napakahirap mabuhay na merong director, may nagsusulat ng gawain mo,” he said.

The whistleblower alleged that it took nine months to create the series of videos which were all aimed at putting the Duterte administration in a bad light.

Prior to his surrender to the Northern Police District last Wednesday, Advincula surfaced at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines’ office where he claimed that he is’Bikoy,’ the hooded narrator of the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos which linked the First Family and Go to the illegal drug trade. After giving a statement to the media, he hastily left the IBP office and was not seen since then until last Wednesday.

The ‘Bikoy’ in the “Totoong Narco-list” videos claimed drug money was funneled into the bank accounts of Duterte’s son former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, his son-in-law Atty. Manases Carpio and Bong Go, accusations which were all vehemently denied by the accused and the Palace which branded them as lies concocted by the opposition.

In a previous statement, Sen. Trillanes congratulated the people behind the videos that allegedly linked the Duterte family to illegal drugs. “Having said that, I really wish I was part of the making of the videos so I could relish these moments but sadly I am not. Anu’t ano pa man, hindi talaga natutulog ang Diyos,” said the former Navy officer who will be leaving the Senate on June 30.

Advincula told a Camp Crame press conference that he yielded for fear of his life knowing that the opposition has no more use for him as the whole ‘Otso Diretso’ senatorial slate was demolished by the popular Duterte senatorial bets in the May 13 polls.

Advincula is now under police protection.