NBI to validate identity of man claiming to be ‘Bikoy’

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2019   •   673

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.

READ: Man claiming to be ‘Bikoy’ asks help from IBP

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.

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

READ: Paolo Duterte denies receiving kickbacks from drug syndicates

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.

READ: NBI to summon man claiming to be ‘Bikoy’

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)

New PRO-7 chief wants thorough investigation of Cebu mall robbery

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2019

PBGen. Val De Leon

The new Provincial Regional Office 7 chief PBGen. Val De Leon wants a thorough investigation on the recent robbery at a mall in Cebu on Saturday (October 19).

De Leon said they want to determine how the robbers were able to get inside a jewelry shop and take around P100 million worth of jewelries. He also wants to determine who should be accountable for the lack of security.

He said there should be a police inside the mall vicinity to immediately respond to the incident.

“Gusto kong paigtingin ang dragnet operation, (I want to heighten the dragnet operation)” he said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reminds mall owners to tighten the security in their establishment especially during holiday season.

“Lalo pang pina-igting na security screening sa mga entrances, ang kinakailangan talaga ay masusing inspection ang mga dala-dalahan, (Tighten the security screening in entrances. What is needed is a thorough inspection of belongings)” he said.

Banac also reminds the public to cooperate during security checks to ensure the safety of everyone.

The PNP will install Police Assistance Desk in malls to assist in the security.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

NAPOLCOM favors third party investigation on 2013 ‘Agaw-Bato’ incident

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 10, 2019

FILE PHOTO: An operative from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) puts back methamphetamine inside a plastic bag during a presentation of seized drugs at the NBI headquarters in Manila, Philippines. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) is in favor of having third party investigation on the 2013 ‘Agaw Bato’ incident in Pampanga.

Mas maganda kung may third party investigating para mawalan ng suspetsa na nagpapabaya o may nagtatakipan (It is better to have a third party investigating [the case] to remove suspicion of neglect or bias),” according to NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman Atty. Rogelio Casurao.

However, Casurao said they will wait for the results of the Senate hearing on the illegal drug recycling issue before releasing their recommendation.

“The timeline is for us to put the investigation in place immediately so that by the time, the matter of investigation of the Senate done, mayroon na rin siguro kaming [resulta] (we would also have our results),” he said.

NAPOLCOM also said they are prepared to accept new administrative cases against 13 alleged ‘ninja cops’ for recycling confiscated illegal drugs in 2013.

President Rodrigo Duterte previously ordered NAPOLCOM Chairman, and incumbent Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año to investigate the ‘Agaw Bato’ incident.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

Robredo counters inciting to sedition complaint, denies meeting with ‘Bikoy’

Robie de Guzman   •   August 29, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo filed her counter-affidavit for the sedition case filed against her on Thursday, August 29, 2019, at the Department of Justice in Manila. VP Leni signed her counter-affidavit and swore under oath before DOJ Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Olivia Torrevillas. (Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP)

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday (August 28) denied allegations she met Peter Joemel Advincula, who accused the former of being behind the online videos linking the Duterte family to narcotics trade.

In her counter-affidavit in relation to inciting to sedition complaint filed against her by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), Robredo maintained she did not take part in an alleged destabilization plot against the Duterte administration, through a meeting supposedly held at the Ateneo de Manila University on March 4, 2019.

Robredo filed her counter-affidavit at the Department of Justice, personally appearing to sign it under oath before Justice Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Olivia Torrevillas. She was accompanied by her lawyer, Marlon Manuel.  

Along with her counter-affidavit, Robredo also provided photos, news reports and other documentation to prove that she was in Bulacan on March 4 for official engagements.

Advincula, who claimed to be the hooded figure ‘Bikoy’ in the online “Ang Totoong Narco List” video series, earlier said the videos were orchestrated by the opposition Liberal Party under the guidance of Senator Antonio Trillanes III.

He said he met with Robredo and other opposition members in March to discuss “Project Sodoma” – an alleged plot to oust Duterte.

He also accused Robredo and other opposition members of forcing him to speak lies about the Duterte family’s supposed links to the narcotics trade.

Robredo and other opposition figures have earlier denied Advincula’s claims.

Robredo said the evidence she submitted to the DOJ will prove that Advincula’s allegations were “impossible” and an “outright lie”.

She also slammed the statement made by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), acting as counsel to the PNP-CIDG in an Omnibus Comment it filed earlier, which erroneously insisted that she “repeatedly met” with Advincula.

This, Robredo noted, “directly contradicts” the allegation the witness-respondent made in his Sinumpaang Salaysay.

OSG’s claims, she said, clearly “underscores that the purported charges are aimed at hounding and oppressing me simply because I am perceived as critical of the current administration.”

“The false and perjurious Sinumpaang Salaysay and the Letter-Complaint should be viewed with the highest degree of caution and suspicion not only because of the unreliable nature of the allegations as discussed above, but because of the very nature of the charges itself,” Robredo’s counter-affidavit read.

“It has been held that ‘[s]edition is the crime usually resorted to by tyrants as a pretext to silence or suppress those persons who have the firmness of character to oppose them and expose their abuses.’”

Atty. Manuel noted that there are no other allegations stated against the Vice President, and that the charges were based solely on Advincula’s Sinumpaang Salaysay.

“Isa lang iyong paragraph na nag-aakusa sa kaniya ng isang gawain na diumano ay isang krimen. May pitong krimen na isinama doon sa reklamo laban sa kaniya at iyon ang isinagot namin at pinatunayan namin na kasinungalingan—iyong nakalagay doon sa counter-affidavit na siya ay dumalo sa isang diumano ay pagpupulong sa Ateneo na ginawa noong March 4,” he told reporters after the filing.

“Wala nang ibang ebidensya. And as far as the Vice President is concerned, it’s just that one paragraph that accuses her of a direct action—and that is a complete falsehood,” he added.

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