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‘Bikoy’ found guilty for perjury

Peter Joemel “Bikoy” Advincula
Peter Joemel “Bikoy” Advincula

Peter Joemel “Bikoy” Advincula, the “hooded figure” who linked former President Rodrigo Duterte and his family to illegal drugs, was found ‘guilty beyond reasonable doubt’ for perjury.

In a decision handed down by Manila Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 17, Judge Karla Funtila-Abugan sentenced Advincula to an imprisonment of from three months and one day to one year and one day.

Advincula, who was present in the promulgation along with his layer, was previously charged by Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) lawyers Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada and Theodore Te for his “willful and deliberate” act of lying to oust Duterte.

Advincula in 2019 came out with the said accusation against then sitting President Duterte, only to say later on that some opposition members planned to unseat Duterte through the so-called, “Ang Totoong Narco-list” videos.

Advincula said that he met with then Vice President Leni Robredo, Diokno, Tañada and other Otso Diretso senatorial candidates at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City to talk about plans to win in the forthcoming elections.

Otso Diretso candidates denied this, while Robredo and former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay said they were not in Ateneo on the said date.

Advincula also claimed he met with Te and another lawyer on May 2, 2019 once the video went online, to finalize plans for a press conference at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) office in Ortigas.

Te said the meeting was merely to assess if FLAG can handle his case but that FLAG later refused and referred him to the IBP.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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