By Aaron Recuenco
Peter Joemel Advincula, the hooded man in the viral ‘Ang Totoong Narcolist’ video series who identified himself as “Bikoy,” has surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and tagged the opposition Liberal Party to be behind it.
After tagging the First Family and several politicians, including senator-elect Christopher ‘Bong’ Go in the alleged multi-million illegal drugs payoff, Advincula declared yesterday that all his allegations were lies and tagged Senator Trillanes and the Liberal Party as the ones who directed it and wrote the script.
Advincula spoke against Trillanes, the LP, and his other supposed handlers in a press briefing at Camp Crame in Quezon City where he sought refuge on Thursday morning after he purportedly escaped from his former handlers.
“My conscience can no longer bear it. This week, I have an interview with an international media. I don’t want to lie anymore,” said Advincula when asked what prompted him to recant his previous statements.
He added that another major factor is that he is already scared of his safety as he was informed about the plan to bring him to a secluded place to hide him from his pursuers.
“I am scared for my safety. I was informed that I would be brought to a secluded place and since my service for them is already done, they might kill me and blame the President,” said Advincula.
“Kawawa naman ang Pangulo, kahit hindi siya ang may kagagawan ay baka siya ang mapgbintangan,” he said.
Advincula surrendered to the Northern Police District director Brig. Gen. Rolando Anduyan. He was then taken to Camp Crame where he was allowed to hold a press conference.
He said that his last communication with the chief security officer of Trillanes, a certain Jonel, was on Wednesday when he insisted to meet with the senator.
But his request was allegedly turned down by the security officer of Trillanes and this served as his last straw in deciding to seek the assistance of the PNP.
Advincula said it all started when he met Trillanes through a priest, a certain Father Joebert Alejo. Advincula was a seminarian who was convicted for estafa.
During that time, he said the camp of Trillanes was aware that he was once considered to pin down Sen. Leila de Lima on drug charges.
“They changed the story and made it appear that it is the current administration which is involved in illegal drugs. They made a good script and this was supported by documents allegedly from the banks,” said Advincula.
“I met Senator Trillanes several times to realize Project Sodoma. Project Sodoma is a project aimed at bringing down President Duterte,” said Advincula.
The intention of Trillanes, according to Advincula, is to have Vice President Leni Robredo installed as the president before his term as a senator ends in June 30, 2019.
Once Robredo assumes the presidency, Advincula said that Trillanes wants to be appointed as the vice president.
“Everything I said in the videos were all lies. Everything was scripted,” said Advincula.
Advincula said he met a lot of opposition figures that include staff of Sen. De Lima, Senator Risa Hontiveros, Otso Diretso candidates except Mar Roxas, and Robredo.
During those meetings, Advincula claimed that he was promised money and even a position in the government if the plan succeeds and Robredo becomes president.
“They also promised me absolute pardon,” said Advincula.
But Advincula said things started to break down when the expectation for mobilization of an angry mob did not push through.
This was further aggravated, he said when no member of the Opposition entered the Magic 12 in the senatorial elections.
“These past few days after the elections when no Otoso Diretso candidates made it, Senator Trillanes began to lie low. It was only his chief security officer who was talking to me,” said Advincula.
Advincula claimed that he also asked that the camp of Trillanes to post bail for the cases he is facing. But the camp of Trillanes allegedly said that it was pointless to post bail since security forces would still look for him.
It was then, he said, that he started thinking of surrendering to the police.
Advincula is facing large-scale illegal recruitment and estafa. A Baguio City court had earlier issued an arrest warrant against him.
Advincula said he will present all the pieces of evidence he has against his former handlers, including the communication between him and the camp of Senator Trillanes.
PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde said they will look into all the claims of Advincula against Trillanes and other members of the opposition.
If there is evidence against those who allegedly manipulated Advincula to pin down Duterte and his allies on allegations of illegal drugs, Albayalde said they will file charges against them.
Prove your claim
Malacañang said Advincula should prove his claims that the Liberal Party masterminded the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series against the administration.
Panelo said Advincula’s statement is now a matter of law enforcement and leaves it to the PNP to finish its investigation on his claims.
“As a lawyer, I just don’t believe in what a person says. He has to substantiate, he has to submit proof… For one, he has to submit a sworn statement. So we’d rather have the PNP do its job,” he added.
The Palace official also said that it is now up to the PNP or the Department of Justice (DOJ) if they will pursue pressing charges against Advincula.
Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo on Thursday led the opposition Liberal Party, of which she is chair, in denying an alleged plot to unseat President Rodrigo Duterte.
Robredo said the LP had nothing to do with the destabilization plot, which was allegedly revealed by “Bikoy” in the controversial “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos.
“Iyong Liberal Party, once again, nahila dito sa controversy. Gusto ko lang sabihin na I can speak for the party: Wala kaming kinalaman dito sa ‘Bikoy’ issue,” Robredo said.
(The Liberal Party, once again, was dragged into this controversy. We have nothing to do with this Bikoy issue.)
The opposition leader said she doesn’t know Advincula and they never met in person. She questioned his credibility.
“Hindi ko siya kilala—never ko siyang nakausap, never ko siyang naka-text,never na nagkaroon ng communication between us (I don’t know him—I never talked to him, I never texted him, there was no communication between us),” said Robredo.
“Ang sigurado ko lang, na nagsisinungaling siya. Ang sigurado ko nagsisinungaling siya kasi dinamay niya iyong LP, na walang kinalaman. Sinabi niya iyong pangalan ko, na nagkita kami, na ni anino niya hindi ko talaga nakita,” she said. (What I’m sure of is he is lying. I’m sure he is lying because he dragged the LP which had nothing do with it. He mentioned my name, that we saw each other, but I haven’t really seen his shadow.)
Peter Joemel Advincula, alias ‘’Bikoy,’’ suffers from a serious credibility problem that he must overcome if he wants to be believed this time, Senator Panfilo M. Lacson said yesterday.
“He can only do it by presenting solid and substantial proof of his alleged meetings and regular communications with the people that he is now turning the tables on,’’ Lacson, a former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, said.
Lacson said he would rather leave it to the proper authorities to conduct the appropriate assessment of his new revelations.
“As far as I am concerned, being a former law enforcement officer with quite good experience in intelligence and investigation, Bikoy has to show more than just a narration of what he says now as the real facts,’’ he pointed out.
Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon said yesterday the opposition Liberal Party (LP) has nothing to do with the so-called ‘’Bikoy’’ video.
“We deny the accusations. That the Liberal Party connived with an obviously professional con artist to topple the government is most absurd,’’ Drilon, LP vice chairman, said.
“It is ridiculous on so many levels. It’s excruciating to have listened to all his lies,’’ he added.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is now mulling filing charges against Peter Joemel Advincula who tagged him as one of the brains behind the controversial “Ang Totoong Narco List” videos.
“I deny the allegations made by this Bikoy character. This could be another ploy of the administration to harass the opposition,” Trillanes said in a statement.
“For now, I will be consulting with my lawyers so that we could also file the appropriate charges against him,” he added.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III, meanwhile, admitted being confused with Advincula’s fresh allegations, this time against the opposition.
Sotto on Thursday said he leaves it to the discretion of the chairmen of the concerned Senate committees on whether or not to entertain Advincula’s new allegations and conduct a probe.
Opposition solon, Magdalo Party-List Rep. Gary Alejano is also mulling filing charges against Peter Joemel Advincula, the man also known as “Bikoy.”
“I categorically deny the allegations of Bikoy. I do not know him and have never met him,” Alejano said in a statement Thursday. (With reports from Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos, Raymund F. Antonio, Mario B. Casayuran, Ellson A. Quismorio, and Vanne Elaine P. Terrazola)