'Bikoy' rushed to PNP hospital

Bikoy

THE blood pressure of Peter Joemel Advincula, who claims to be the real ‘Bikoy’ behind the series of anti-Duterte videos prior to the May 13 national and local elections, shot up on Thursday night prompting officers to bring him to the Philippine National Police General Hospital where he remained under observation as of yesterday.

Advincula’s blood pressure spiked at 130/90 and he complained of dizziness and chest pains while being held at in a PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s lock-up facility prompting officers to take him to the Camp Crame hospital, said PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde.

Gen. Albayalde said that Advincula is currently under the custody of the PNP-CIDG since he is the subject of a warrant of arrest for estafa through large-scale illegal recruitment. He will only be released as soon as he is able to pay the P25,000 bail recommended for his temporary liberty and the court issues an official release order.

“Nagshoot up yung BP (blood pressure) niya na 130 over 90, at parang ang sinabi nya nahihilo raw sya, so pinahospital muna namin sya, probably kailangan nyang magpahinga,” the PNP chief told newsmen at Camp Crame.

‘Bato on ‘Bikoy’

Former PNP chief and newly-proclaimed Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa yesterday said that he would also present Advincula to the media if he were still the PNP chief just like what Gen. Albayalde did on Thursday.

Gen. Albayalde had maintained that he allowed Advincula to speak before the media the other day just as they allow other jailed criminal offenders to talk to the press and issue written statements.

Sen. dela Rosa, who went to Camp Crame to attend the oathtaking ceremonies of four newly-promoted police generals led by PNP Special Action Force director Major General Amando Clifton B. Empiso, said it’s a “damn if you do, damn if you don’t” situation.

“Tinitira si Chief, PNP at bakit me airtime si Advincula. Kung ako pa ang Chief, PNP I will do the same. Eto yung damn if you do, damn if you don’t situation. Kung hindi pinagsalita si Advincula, sasabihin me tinatago ang PNP. Nung magsalita, sinasabi naman eh biased ang PNP,” the former PNP chief said.

Sen. dela Rosa said that he wants the PNP-CIDG headed by Major General Amador V. Corus to fully investigate the statements of Advincula.

“Maraming seasoned investigators sa CIDG, let’s leave up the investigation to the CIDG. Pero let’s take Bikoy’s revelations objectively. Pag biased ka sa opposition, sasabihin mo liar siya. Pero pag galit ka sa opposition, sasabihin mo OK yan,” he said.

Himself a veteran police investigator, dela Rosa said that when the hooded’ Bikoy’ was issuing his taped video statement, he was obviously reading from a script.

“Nakatago ang mukha niya. Pero nung lumabas siya nung isang araw sa media, halatang hindi na siya na-coach, spontaneous na lahat ng sinasabi niya. You just look at his facial expressions. You listen to his words and you will establish the motive, pera, P500,000 daw na ipinangako sa kanya,” dela Rosa said.

The former PNP chief said that just like Senator-elect Bong Go who had aired his intention to investigate Advincula and the other personalities he mentioned, foremost of which is opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, he is also in favor of a Senate inquiry to give all the persons named by ‘Bikoy’ the opportunity to air their side.

No VIP treatment

The PNP leadership denied that Advincula is being given a VIP or any special treatment. Gen. Albayalde also said that he did not say that they were taking all words of the whistleblower hook, line and sinker.

“It’s up for him to prove his statement. Wala akong sinabi na totoo lahat ng sinabi niya,” the PNP chief said even as he explained that ‘Bikoy’ was sent to the PNP General Hospital since bringing him to a private hospital outside of Camp Crame would entail more security and additional expenses for the government.

PNP spokesman Colonel Bernard M. Banac likewise dismissed speculations that Thursday’s press conference in Camp Crame where Advincula made his accusation was scripted.

“Di naman talaga natin maiiwasan na magkaroon ng puna yung nangyari kahapon na presscon. Ito pong ginawa ng ating pamunuan sa pangunguna ni Police General Oscar Albayalde ay talagang ipahayag lamang sa ating mamamayan na nasa kustodiya na natin itong alias Bikoy dahil imbued with public interest itong tao na ito,” he said.

Addressing observations that the PNP seemed to have willingly given Advincula the stage to air his accusation against the opposition, Banac said Advincula was only supposed to give a public apology to the First Family.

“Humiling siya (Advincula) na mabigyan siya ng pagkakataon na humingi ng apology dahil dun sa mga nauna niyang pahayag. Pinayagan namin siya dahil ito naman ay karapatan niya. Pero dahil sa pagtatanong ng media ay humaba na ang press conference at nadagdagan na ang mga impormasyon,” Banac said.

Banac admitted that before the press conference, they warned Advincula that whatever he would say could be used against him as he was not in the company of a lawyer. He also defended the need not to put Advincula in handcuffs during his presentation.