PETER Joemel Advincula alias “Bikoy” yesterday snubbed the Justice Department’s first day of preliminary investigation into the estafa charges lodged against him in connection with a botched beauty pageant in Albay.
Not even his lawyer was present during the proceeding prompting the handling prosecutor to give him until June 4 to appear and refute the charges, otherwise the case shall be submitted for resolution.
Advincula was last seen in Camp Crame recently where he held a press conference recanting his statements against President Duterte and his family.
In his complaint filed last May 10, Arven Valmores, president & CEO of Ardeur World Marketing (center) said that Advincula did not attend the pageant held on Aug. 11, 2018 after using the corporate name and logo of Valmores’ business—without his consent—for promotion.
He said Advincula “became unreachable thereby leaving all the members of the production staff unpaid.”
The complainant said he had to shell out P304,422 to cover the expenses of the pageant as the production staff and pageant winners sought redress.
Advincula surfaced last May 6 to claim that he was the “Bikoy” in the videos that accused several members of presidential family of links to illegal drug trade in the country.