'Bikoy' crime record bared

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MALACAÑANG yesterday brought up the criminal background of Peter Joemel Advincula, who claimed to be the hooded narrator in the videos that linked members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s family to the illegal drug trade, to question his credibility.

“Information about the criminal background of Advincula is starting to come out. It appears that he has been incarcerated in 2012 for conviction of illegal recruitment and large scale estafa, as well as for theft,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

“Presently, there is news that he is facing multiple criminal cases like estafa, among others. These crimes involve moral turpitude that goes to the very integrity and credibility of Advincula or Bikoy.”

Advincula surfaced at the headquarters of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in Pasig City on Monday, claiming to be “Bikoy” in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos.

He said he needed a lawyer to assist him in submitting an affidavit and filing a complaint against the supposed members of the “syndicate” he named in the online video series, including presidential son Paolo Duterte, former top presidential aide Christopher “Bong” Go, and Manases Carpio, the husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

Advincula admitted to having been sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of estafa. He said he was released in 2016 for good behavior.

Panelo called Advincula a “fraudster” who used the IBP to “perpetuate lies and foist accusations” against Duterte, his children and those closely identified with him of the commission of illegal trade of prohibited drugs.

The Palace official said Advincula’s claims have already been denied by the people and entities mentioned in the videos.

“Categorical denials vis-à-vis the claims of Bikoy by some of the entities mentioned in his videos, such as those made by the Rural Bank of Guinobatan, Inc. and the Misibis Bay Resort, were made. Strangely enough, such denials did not catch much attention from the media,” Panelo said.

Go bared his back twice to show that he had no dragon tattoo on his back—supposedly a proof of his membership in a dreaded drug syndicate.

Paolo Duterte meanwhile challenged Advincula to file charges against him.

IBP-Davao nixes ‘Bikoy’

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Davao chapter yesterday distanced itself from the IBP national leadership’s move allowing a man claiming to be the real ‘Bikoy’ to hold a press conference inside the group’s headquarters in Pasig City.

In a statement, the IBP Davao stressed that it was neither privy to nor does it support the “circus that was.”

“The IBP Davao City Chapter does not and will not tolerate any statements from the present leadership of the IBP National that will result in politicizing the organization.

“It does not reflect the sentiment of the membership of the chapter as an organization,” it stated.

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice confirmed that formal charges for inciting sedition have been filed yesterday against Rodel Jayme, the administrator of website Metrobalita believed to be responsible for the spread of Youtube series “Ang Totoong Narcolist,” before the Parañaque City regional trial court.

IBP sets record straight

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines has dispelled rumors that Peter Joemel Advincula who claimed he was “Bikoy” was in its custody and care.

In a statement, the IBP 23rd Board of Governors said that it has nothing to do with Advincula’s sudden appearance and at the same time unaware of his current whereabouts.

The IBP also said that the presence of media outfits was not upon its invitation or direction.

The IBP also said that the presence of media outfits was not upon its invitation or direction.

IBP denied it crafted Advincula’s statement, and/or sworn statement.

Hector Lawas, Joel dela Torre