THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has rejected the request of Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy for legal assistance in filing complaints against members of the Duterte family and senatorial aspirant Christopher “Bong” Go over their alleged involvement in the narcotics trade.
“The Integrated Bar of the Philippines through its National Center for Legal Aid (NCLA) is declining the request for free legal assistance made by Peter Joemel Advincula (Bikoy). This decision was reached after a thorough evaluation of his application was conducted by the NCLA,” said IBP President Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo.
The IBP decision was made after Advincula held a press conference Monday at the IBP head office in Pasig City and claimed to be the hooded Bikoy in the viral videos “Ang Totoong Narcolist” which had accused the Duterte family and Go of involvement in the illegal drugs trade.
“Mr. Advincula came to the IBP NCLA to request free legal assistance and representation in the filing of charges against certain individuals, including candidates for elective positions, because of their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade. His application was duly processed just like any other request received by the NCLA,” bared Fajardo.
Fajardo explained the NCLA determined that “Mr. Advincula may not be provided free legal assistance based on the standards provided for in the NCLA Manual of Operations in approving such requests.”
“In the pursuit of its mandate to provide access to justice to the poor and the marginalized, the IBP cannot be seen to be siding with or going against any candidate or political party,” Fajardo stressed.
Fajardo also disclosed that “communications and documents submitted during consultation shall remain privileged and confidential.”