MANILA, Philippines – A man claiming to be ‘Bikoy’ in the video series entitled “Ang Totoong Narcolist” surfaced on Monday (May 6) to seek legal aid from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.
At a press briefing, he identified himself as Peter Joemel Advincula, a former marketing executive of a Bicol-based company he said is called VitaPlus.
Advincula said he surfaced to ask legal assistance from the IBP to file charges against presidential son Paolo Duterte, former Special Assistant to the President and Senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and Lawyer Manases Carpio, the husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
“Ako po si Peter Joemel Advincula, mas kilala ninyo sa pangalang BIKOY. Ako po ay tunay na tao, at hindi kathang isip lang tulad ng sinasabi ng ibang tao,” he said as he read his statement before the media at the IBP headquarters in Ortigas.
“Nandito ako ngayon sa tanggapan ng IBP upang humingi ng legal assistance. Kailangan ko ng abogado para i-submit ang aking sinumpaang salaysay at tulungan akong magsampa ng kaso laban sa mga miyembro ng sindikato na pinangalanan ko sa video seryeng “ANG TOTOONG NARCOLIST,” he added.
In a video series uploaded online, Bikoy claimed that he was a former member of a drug syndicate operating in Luzon. He also accused Paolo Duterte of funneling drug money in bank accounts supposedly owned by Carpio’s brother, Agriculture Assistant Secretary Waldo Carpio.
‘Bikoy’, the hooded figure in the clips, also claimed in the video that both Duterte and Go had tattoos on their backs of a dragon-like figures and alphanumeric codes of their supposed bank accounts for their dealings with drug syndicates.
On Monday, Advincula also claimed that Go and Duterte had back tattoos, having scanned them personally.
“Bahagi po ng gawain ng aming team ay ang pag-scan ng mga codes na nakaukit sa tattoo ng mga senior members ng sindikato tulad nina Paolo Duterte at Bong Go. Pinapadala ito sa financial controller ng sindikato nan aka-base sa Hong Kong upang ma-validate ang mga transaksyon,” he added.
“Ilang beses din na ako mismo ang nag-iiscan ng code sa tattoo ni Bong Go, kaya tinitiyak ko po sa inyo na may dragon tattoo siya pati na rin si Paolo Duterte,” he stated.
Go recently bared his back to refute the allegation while the younger Duterte refused to take off his shirt to show he has no tattoo. Duterte also denied receiving kickbacks from drug syndicates.
Advincula also stressed in his statement that he is not linked to any political party or media institutions accused of planning to destabilize the government. He also denied any connection with Rodel Jayme, who was recently arrested for allegedly uploading the videos.
Jayme admitted to creating the website that hosted the Bikoy videos but denied uploading the clips. Jayme also said that some supporters of the opposition Liberal Party tapped him to make the website, which the latter denied.
“Wala akong kaugnayan sa kahit kaninong kandidato, lalo na sa mga kandidato ng Otso Deretso, o political party. Wala din akong kaugnayan sa mga media personalities at institusyon na pinangalanan ni Pangulong Duterte sa kanyang matrix. At hindi ko din po kilala si Rodel Jayme na sinasabing nag upload ng mga video, at lahat ng mga taong pinangalalan niya,” Advincula said.
“Nag-desisyon akong lumabas dahil una – meron banta sa aking buhay. Ikalawa – dahil sa tawag ng konsyensya,” he added.
He also named in his statement a certain Tess Rañola as his former boss who got him into a drug network in 2010 where he allegedly became privy to alleged drug dealings of Go and Duterte.
“Nuong Pebrero ng 2010, inilipat ako ng boss ko na si Tess Rañola, sa Operations Center ng sindikato bilang control man ng radio base at CCTV operations ng Underground Facilities sa Misibis Bay. Kinalaunan, nalipat ako sa Transmitting and Facilitating Team. Kami ang naghahanda ng monthly Tara – isang internal document ng sindikato. Ito po yung dokumentong ipinakita ko sa video serye,” he said.
Rañola, who was also named in Bikoy’s narco videos, had filed a complaint in the National Bureau of Investigation that was followed by the arrest of Jayme.
According to Advincula, he was jailed in 2012 for six years for estafa after VitaPlus allegedly made him sign some documents. He was released in 2016 for “good behavior.”
In August 2018, he said he went into hiding after Bong Go allegedly recognized him at a company event that the latter was invited to attend. It was also then that he decided to divulge all information he knows about the syndicate.
Advincula ended his statement with an appeal to pray for his safety.
“Handa po akong humarap sa ano mang imbestigasyon ng Senado upang patotohanan ang lahat ng inilabas ko sa video serye. Hiling ko lang sa bawat mamayang Pilipino ang inyong panalangin para sa aking kaligtasan at sa kinabukasan ng ating bayan,” he said.
Advincula then left the press briefing after reading his statement.
Meanwhile, IBP national president Abdiel Fajardo said they did not organize the press conference. He also stressed that Advincula appeared at their office seeking for legal assistance.
Fajardo further said that they have yet to accept Advincula as a client and that his application would still have to be validated by IBP’s National Center for Legal Aid.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure seeking to institutionalize the establishment of Malasakit centers in all hospitals run by the Department of Health (DOH) across the country.
Duterte signed the Republic Act 11463 in a ceremony held in Malacañang Tuesday night, but a copy of the law is yet to be released.
Under the law, Malasakit Centers will serve as one-stop shop for medical and financial assistance provided by the DOH, Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office in more than 70 DOH-run hospitals nationwide.
Its functions also include providing indigent patients with referral to the health care provider networks as well as information on membership, coverage and benefit packages in the National Health Insurance Program.
However, these centers are not meant to provide additional funds for assistance since government agencies run their own medical and financial assistance programs.
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go expressed gratitude and hailed the enactment of the law he authored and sponsored.
The law was a pet project of Go, former top aide of Duterte.
The DOH, for its part, welcomed the signing of the measure which is seen to ease the process of granting financial medical assistance to impoverished patients.
“The long lines and tedious processes for availment of financial medical assistance will be things of the past,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a statement.
He also said that the establishment of Malasakit centers complements the implementation of the country’s Universal Health Care Program. The DOH said that there are now a total of 74 Malasakit Centers established nationwide with 45 centers in DOH hospitals, 28 in LGU-operated hospitals, and one in the Philippine General Hospital. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t want to heed his doctor’s advice to take a rest, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said Wednesday.
Go, a former top aide of Duterte, said the president prefers to continue working and performing his official duties while he is staying in his hometown in Davao City.
“Sa totoo lang, ayaw magpahinga ng Pangulo, kahit sabihin mong he was advised by the doctor to rest,” he told reporters in Malacañang.
“Hindi po siya makatagal sa bahay at talagang gusto niyang magtrabaho at gumala,” he added.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday said the chief executive would go on a three-day break but later said he would just work from home in Davao City.
The Palace previously said the president’s doctor had advised him to limit his physical activity after he complained of “unbearable” pain in his spine following a minor motorcycle accident within the Malacañang complex on Oct. 16.
Duterte was in Japan to attend Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony when he complained of spinal ache and had to cut his trip short. After consultation with his doctor, Panelo said the president experienced a muscle spasm.
Go assured that Duterte is in good shape, adding that the chief executive is set to visit North Cotabato on Friday. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has welcomed the appointment of Diosdado Peralta as the country’s new Chief Justice, saying this honors the tradition of seniority in the Supreme Court.
In a statement, IBP national president Domingo Cayosa said Peralta served the longest as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court among the three aspirants shortlisted by the Judicial and Bar Council.
Cayosa expressed hope that the judiciary will resolve cases “much faster” under the leadership of newly-installed top magistrate.
“We are hopeful that under his leadership the judiciary will resolve cases much faster inasmuch as his 25 years as magistrate are notable for speedy disposition of cases and innovations to expedite court processes,” he said.
He also vowed that the IBP will work and cooperate with Peralta to achieve “Justice Bilis.”
Born in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Peralta started his career in government service when he was appointed Third Assistant City Fiscal in 1987 then went on to become a trial court judge and later a Sandiganbayan Justice before he was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2009.
Prior to his SC appointment, he was a professor, lecturer, resource person, and Bar reviewer in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Remedial Law, and Trial Techniques in various universities.
He is an alumnus of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law.
Peralta will be sitting as the chief magistrate until he retires at the age of 70 on March 27, 2022.
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