MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday said it is now taking measures to validate the identity of Peter Joemel Advincula, the man who claims to be ‘Bikoy’ in the video series entitled “Ang Totoong Narco List” uploaded online.
NBI cybercrime division chief Vic Lorenzo said they have started investigating Advincula’s records to ascertain his identity based on evidence.
Lorenzo said their initial investigation have shown that Advincula has been involved in several criminal cases but there was no record linking him to illegal drugs.
“Vineverify na namin ‘yung nagpakilalang Bikoy. Peter Advincula nga. May mga nakikita kaming records sa kanya, criminal records sa kanya. Walang drugs kaming nakita doon sa records niya,” Lorenzo said.
Advincula surfaced at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Monday to seek legal assistance to sue presidential son Paolo Duterte, former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, and lawyer Manases Carpio, the husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
He said the death threats he was receiving pushed him to go public.
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In a statement he read before the press on Monday, he admitted to being jailed in 2012 for six years for estafa after VitaPlus, the company he formerly worked for as marketing executive, allegedly made him sign some documents. He was released in 2016 for “good behavior.”
Lorenzo said that aside from estafa, Advincula was also charged for swindling and large-scale recruitment, which makes his drug claims against the Duterte family and their allies highly doubtful.
“Highly questionable ‘yung integrity niya kasi when you are lying all your life and scamming all your life, walang credibility on your allegations e,” Lorenzo said.
The NBI official also expressed skepticism on Advincula’s claim that he used to personally scan Go and Duterte’s alleged back tattoos of a dragon-like figure and alphanumeric codes of their supposed bank accounts for their drug dealings.
“May mga sinasabi siya ‘yung mga bar codes ng tattoo na supposedly sa mga personalities, inii-scan nila ‘yun. Ang question is can you really imprint a bar code or QR code to someone’s skin? Napakahirap yata nun,” Lorenzo said.
Go and Duterte had repeatedly refuted the allegations. Go even bared his back for the second time on Monday to deny the claims.
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The NBI earlier said it is planning to summon Advincula for questioning and to shed light on some issues, particularly on his identity and the drug claims he made against the Duterte family members.
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Lorenzo also said that they are now investigating several persons of interest in the ‘Bikoy’ narco videos based on the forensic examination they conducted on the electronic gadgets obtained from Rodel Jayme. (with details from April Cenedoza)