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Man claiming to be Bikoy asks help from IBP

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, May 6th, 2019

Peter Joemel Advincula (right) at a press briefing claiming to be the hooded “Bikoy” (left) in the viral videos.

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.

READ: Bong Go bares his back to deny alleged link to drug syndicate

READ: Paolo Duterte denies 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.

READ: Rodel Jayme denies knowledge of uploaded ‘Bikoy’ videos

“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.

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Five winners of Senate race file SOCE at Comelec

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – At least five of the 12 winners in the 2019 Senatorial race have filed their Statement of Campaign Expenditures (SOCE) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday, June 13.

Senators Cynthia Villar and Nancy Binay led the filing of the SOCE based on Comelec records.

Villar, who clinched the number one spot with more than 25 million votes, filed her campaign expense report on June 11 or two days before the deadline set by Comelec.

Binay, who finished 12th in the race also filed her SOCE last June 11.

Poe, who nestled at the second spot, submitted her report in the afternoon of June 13, as well as Senators-elect Bong Go and Pia Cayetano, who finished third and fourth in the Senate race, respectively.

Comelec said that most of the winning and losing candidates in the May midterm polls were able to beat the SOCE filing deadline.

Section 14 of Republic Act 1766 requires every candidate and political party to file with the Commission the full, true and itemized Soce within 30 days after the election day.

Also required to file such document are those whose campaigns were self-funded, those who did not incur any expenditure, and those who did not pursue their campaign activities even after filing their candidacies or those who withdrew their candidacies.

The poll body said that based on Comelec resolution 10505, the office of an elected candidate who failed to submit the required documents shall be considered vacant pursuant to Section 11 of the Omnibus Election Code until he/she has complied within six months from the proclamation.

“They cannot assume office until they submitted their Statement of Contribution and Expenditures,” said Atty. Efraim Bag-id, acting director of Comelec campaign finance office.

The poll body emphasized the importance of the filing of SOCE as this will help them determine whether candidates and political parties followed the set campaign spending limits.

The Comelec resolution also states that winning candidates and party-lists with late SOCE filing but still within the period of six months shall be charged with lower administrative fines, depending on the position sought by the candidate.

Losing candidates, meanwhile, who failed to submit their SOCE will be meted out an administrative fine of P10,000.

“Iyong mga kandidato na natalo at hindi nakapagsumite ng kanilang Soce, depende po ito kung first timer po sila o second timer. Kapag first timer, administrative po iyan. Kapag 2 or more na beses na hindi sila nakapag- file ng kanilang SOCE e maliban sa administrative fine, they are perpetually disqualified to hold public office whether elective or appointed position,” Bag-id said.

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, 20 candidates for the Senate., 50 party-list groups and three political parties have already filed their Soce.

Comelec said other candidates and political parties may submit their Soce before the campaign finance office until 8 p.m. of June 13. (with details from Aiko Miguel)

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Senate President Sotto still enjoys support of colleagues in 18th Congress

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2019

Senate President Vicente Sotto III

With the opening of Congress on July 22, new faces in the Senate and the House of Representatives will have their mettle tested in the world of politics.

Neophyte senators Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Christopher “Bong” Go, Imee Marcos and Francis Tolentino, who form part of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago-PDP bloc, are ready to set foot in the Senate.

Amid rumors of division in the Senate on committee chairmanship, Senator Cynthia Villar’s name has been floating to be the bloc’s bet for Senate Presidency.

Majority of the incumbent senators, however, have signified their support to the current leadership of Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

 “I think Sen. Sotto will keep the Senate presidency,” said Senator Richard Gordon.

In a text message, Senator-elect Bong Go, stressed that he doesn’t know of any move that is pushing anyone in the Senate leadership, particularly that of Senator Villar.

Even Senator Villar, herself, said that she is not interested to become the Senate president.

Senate President Sotto, on the other hand, stated that even the mentioned incoming senators have also expressed their support to him.

He admitted that the support of his colleagues in the Senate is very crucial in his leadership.

“The Senate presidency is always at the pleasure of the members of the majority,” he added.

Other names floating to possibly replace Senator Sotto in the Senate leadership are that of Senators Panfilo Lacson and Franklin Drilon. (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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‘Bikoy’ walks free after posting bail

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Saturday, May 25th, 2019

Peter Joemel Advincula, claims to be ‘Bikoy’ in the “Ang Totoong Narco List” video series that linked President Rodrigo Duterte’s family to illegal drug trade.

Peter Joemel Advincula, alias ‘Bikoy’, walks free after posting bail for his estafa cases in Baguio City on Friday.

Advincula was discharged at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital on Saturday morning (May 24). This was after experiencing headaches and rising blood pressure on Friday (May 23).

READ: Alias Bikoy rushed to hospital due to rising blood pressure

He finished his documentation with the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and left Camp Crame Saturday afternoon. He was accompanied by his brother.

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