‘Bikoy’ posts bail, leaves Crame

Peter Joemel 'Bikoy' Advincula

THE man who confessed to being the ‘Bikoy’ in a series of anti-Duterte videos prior to the May 13 national and local elections -- Peter Joemel Advicunla -- at 1:15 p.m. yesterday was released from Philippine National Police custody after getting the necessary clearance from court authorities.

“Advincula has been released from PNP custody at about 1:15 p.m. today. He was accompanied by his brother. He left without a formal request for security,” said PNP spokesman, Colonel Bernard M. Banac.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Arnold Thomas C. Ibay, the head of the National Capital Region Office of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Advicula was freed after he completed the posting of bail bonds for all of his estafa cases and was subjected to a final documentation.

He was supposed to be released on Friday but the move did not materialize after his blood pressure went up and the police to brought him to the PNP General Hospital in Camp Crame.

Ibay said he had no idea where Advincula and his brother would be going. “Wala siyang binabanggit kasi ang madalas naming kausap yung kapatid,” the official said.

The CIDG-NCR chief said that after being released from the PNP General Hospital, Advincula stayed for another four hours inside the CIDG-NCR office while waiting for his sibling.  The man said previously he wanted to stay with his family and hire a lawyer to back up his claims against the opposition.

Advincula was placed under observation at the Camp Crame hospital after his blood pressure spiked at 130/90 and he complained of dizziness and chest pains while being held at the CIDG-NCR lock-up facility.