MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is set to summon a man claiming to be ‘Bikoy’ in the video series entitled “Ang Totoong Narcolist” which linked some members and other personalities close to the Duterte family to the narcotics trade.
NBI cybercrime division chief Vic Lorenzo said on Tuesday they are planning to send a subpoena to the man, who identified himself as Peter Joemel Advincula, after he surfaced on Monday at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).
“Kung malinaw na kung nasaan siya ngayon para maisyuhan namin siya ng subpoena. Padalhan namin siya ng subpoena para malaman natin ‘yung side niya,” Lorenzo said.
Advincula said at the IBP press conference Monday that he went out of hiding to ask legal aid 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.
He also said that he wanted to seek assistance following threats against his life.
In a video series uploaded online, Bikoy, the hooded figure in the clips, 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’ claimed in the video that both Duterte and Go have tattoos on their backs of 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 have back tattoos, having scanned them personally.
Both Duterte and Go have repeatedly denied the allegations.
Lorenzo said they will 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.
“Ang intensyon namin is of course, makausap siya. ‘Yun muna ang dapat naming gawin. Tingnan natin kung ano mga revelations niya. Madami din kaming tanong sa kanya,” he said.
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.
He, however, refused to divulge the identities of these persons as investigation and evidence gathering are ongoing.
The 27-year-old Jayme previously said he is prepared to help the government in apprehending the individual who asked him to make the website as well as the personalities behind the video.
But the NBI earlier said that although it is possible, there is no assurance if Jayme is qualified to become a state witness.
According to Republic Act 6981 or the Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act, the qualifications to become a state witness are:
(a) the offense in which his testimony will be used is a grave felony as defined under the Revised Penal Code or its equivalent under special laws;(b) there is an absolute necessity for his testimony; (c) there is no other direct evidence available for the proper prosecution of the offense committed: (d) his testimony can be substantially corroborated on its material points; (e) he does not appear to be most guilty; and (f) he has not at any time been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude.
MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to require foreign vessels to first secure a clearance from the government before entering the Philippine waters.
“That is a very good development. At least now we have some authority to enforce our laws within our territorial waters,” Lorenzana said Tuesday.
Earlier, Duterte, through spokesman Salvador Panelo, issued a directive for all foreign vessels to provide notification and get clearance from proper government authority in advance of the actual passage. He also warned foreign vessels that Manila will either get compliance in a friendly manner or enforce it in an unfriendly manner.
When asked to elaborate, Panelo explained that by saying ‘unfriendly,’ it means blocking entry to any foreign vessels intruding in the Philippine territory.
He, however, clarified that the President’s order didn’t mean an automatic use of force against intruders.
“By that it means that we will ask them to move out of the place, that’s unfriendly, because before we never said anything, we just allow them, we just make protest, but this time, we will tell them, please get out of our territorial waters,” Panelo said.
Lorenzana, for his part, could not say yet the “unfriendly option” the Philippine Military could use to ward of intruders into the country’s waters. The Defense chief said he will defer the matter to the Philippine Navy. (RRD with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday hailed the sacrifice and the important role that the late former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. played in restoring the country’s democracy as the nation marks his 36th death anniversary.
In his message, Duterte said Aquino’s sacrifice altered the course of the nation’s history and still continues to ignite the spirt of heroism among Filipinos.
“Today, we remember Benigno S. Aquino Jr. and his important role in restoring our democratic institutions more than three decades ago. His sacrifice altered the course of our nation’s history and still continues to ignite the spirit of heroism among our people,” he said.
Aquino was a well-known opposition figure and a staunch critic of the then-President Ferdinand Marcos.
He was imprisoned for his beliefs during the Martial Law before he and his family moved to the United States in 1980 to seek medical treatment which eventually led to his self-imposed exile for three years.
Upon returning to the Philippines on August 21, 1983, he was shot and killed at the then Manila International Airport (now named after him) as he was escorted off the airplane.
Ninoy’s death led to protests that sparked snap presidential elections in 1986, which led to the 1986 EDSA Revolution that catapulted his wife, Cory Aquino to presidency.
Duterte also expressed hope that this “auspicious occasion” may remind us of what we had lost “so that we may remain committed to our solemn duty to safeguard the freedoms that we now enjoy.”
“I also hope that Ninoy’s remarkable life as a public servant will move my fellow government workers to serve with honor, integrity and purpose as well as inspire our youth to be of service to their country and fellowmen,” he added.
Duterte also acknowledged that even halfway into his six-year term, there is still much that has to be done to eradicate the problems that plagued the country even during Ninoy’s time.
“Despite our gains in these past three years, there is still a lot that needs to be done if we are to completely eradicate the poverty, corruption and injustice that had plagued our nation even during Ninoy’s time,” he said.
“Let his example guide us as we strive to uplift and protect the most vulnerable in our society and ensure that all Filipinos will enjoy the blessings of freedom, democracy and the rule of law,” he added.
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