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

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2019   •   584

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)

‘Bikoy’ files for witness protection program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 5, 2019

Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy

Peter Joemel Advincula, alias Bikoy, has formally applied for the witness protection program of the government on Monday (Aug 5).

Advincula along with his lawyer, Atty. Larry Gadon went to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to submit their application.

READ: DOJ summons Robredo, 35 others over sedition raps

Their camp expects that the application will be approved as soon as possible especially when the preliminary investigation for the inciting to sedition complaint is set to begin on Friday.

Advindula has filed the said case against Vice President Leni Robredo and other opposition members.

According to Gadon, Advincula’s life is in danger since he stood up against big and influential individuals.

“Marami siyang nare-receive na deaths threats. Alam kasi nila iyong cell number ni Peter and alam nila iyong emails so talagang nakaka-receive siya (He receieve a lot of death threats. They know Peter’s cell number and they also know his emails so he does receive threats),” he said.

Advincula already paid a fine for his cyberlibel case on July 31. His camp will also file a supplemental affidavit on August 9 to clarify the inconsistencies in the statement he filed at the DOJ and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).—AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

VP Robredo, opposition senators react to sedition case

Marje Pelayo   •   July 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, and former Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Bam Aquino reacted to the sedition case filed against them in relation to an alleged destabilization plot against President Rodrigo Duterte.

The complaint was filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday (July 18).

Advincula originally appeared in a series of videos dubbed as “Ang Totoong Narcolist” linking some personalities from the opposition as behind the alleged ‘Project Sodoma’ or the ouster plot against the President.

He retracted his claims and resurfaced as one of the respondents and a witness of the CIDG.   

“Ito na siguro iyong totoong hinihintay na pagkakataon. Ito na iyong laban. Dito na magkakaalaman kung sino iyong nagsasabi ng totoo, kung sino iyong nagsisinungaling, kung sino iyong manggagamit at kung sino iyong gumagamit ng mga tao para maghari iyong kagustuhan nila,” he said during the filing of complaint at the DOJ.

The CIDG filed charges of sedition, inciting to sedition, libel, cyber libel, estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice against Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, and Former Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Bam Aquino.

Also among the respondents are officials of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, several lawyers, and clergymen who were allegedly involved in the destabilization plot.

“Napakaganda noong kaso, napakadaming ebidensya ako mismo hindi ko inasahan na ganoon pala karami iyong matitibay na ebidensya laban dito sa nasasangkot dito sa kaso na ito,” noted Atty. Larry Gadon who took on the case as Advincula’s legal counsel.

Detained Senator Leila de lima called the complaint “hogwash” and just a “piece of trash”.

“Hogwash. Basura pa iyan siguro kaysa sa mga isinampang kaso laban sa akin (Hogwash. It is probably more absurd than the cases filed against me),” she said during the arraignment of her illegal drug case at the Muntinlupa Court on Friday.

“The credibility of Bikoy is already down the drain. Siya iyong criminal. Siya iyong umamin na kriminal eh tapos siya iyong ginagamit ngayon ng CIDG laban sa tingin nila ay kumakalaban sa administrasyon (He is the criminal. He’s the one who admitted being a criminal. Now the CIDG is using him against those who they accused of betraying the government),” De Lima’s legal counsel Atty. Boni Tacardon said.

On his official social media page, Trillanes said: “The filing of cases against key members of the opposition are clear acts of political persecution and harassment by the Duterte administration meant to stifle democratic dissent.”

But Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra clarified that the DOJ is not a weapon for oppression or persecution.

“We shall go only by the evidence presented before us and we don’t care who gets indicted and who goes scot-free,” he said.

He added however that once probable cause is determined and a criminal case is filed in court, the DOJ will exert the full force of the law to secure a conviction.

Opposition lawyer Atty. Chel Diokno, meanwhile, accused the administration of rushing a conviction even without strong evidence against the accused.

“Luto ang kasong ito. Sabik na sabik ata ang administrasyon na ikulong kami, kahit walang basehan o ebidensiya. Bilang abogado para sa mahihirap, sanay na ako sa ganitong pangaapi. Tuloy ang laban natin para sa hustisya,” he said in a statement.

(This case is rigged. This administration can’t wait to put us behind bars despite the lack of basis or evidence. As a lawyer for the poor, I am used to these types of oppression. Our fight for justice continues.)

Hontiveros, meanwhile, said the complaint was nothing but “a badly-written telenovela.”

“Bad acting. Awful script. Terrible plot twist,” she said.

Robredo’s camp said they are yet to receive a copy of the complaint but knowing the background of the complainant, they were sure that it was “completely baseless and nothing more than plain and simple harassment.”

“Kwentong kutsero na pinilit gawing batayan sa kaso (they are forcing a tall tale to be the basis for a case),” Robredo’s legal counsel Atty. Barry Gutierrez concluded. – with reports from Mai Bermudez

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‘Bikoy’ walks free after posting bail

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 25, 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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