By Jeffrey Damicog
A state prosecutor has been assigned to conduct the preliminary investigation on the estafa complaint filed against Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy.
Acting Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon said he has appointed Assistant State Prosecutor Herbert Calvin Suarez to handle the case and conduct the preliminary investigation.
The complaint was filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) last May 10 by Ardeur World Marketing Corp president and chief executive officer Arven Valmores.
Valmores filed the complaint after recognizing Advincula while holding a press conference last May 6 at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) revealing himself as the hooded Bikoy in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” which went viral after he tagged selected members of the Duterte family of involvement in the illegal drugs trade.
The estafa complaint stemmed from a beauty pageant — Miss Scenti Essencia Ambassadress 2018 — reportedly organized by Advincula, a seller of Ardeur perfume products.
“Said pageant utilized complainant’s corporate name and logo in the promotional activities without the knowledge, authorization and consent of the corporation,” read the complaint.
“Respondent never attended the Coronation Night and became unreachable thereafter leaving all the members of the production staff unpaid,” it added.
Because of this, all the pageant winners and production staff were left unpaid amounting to a P304,422.
“Through false pretenses and use of the corporate name, complainant was damaged financially in the amount stated above,” the complaint said.
“Respondent became untraceable and efforts to locate him to answer for his misrepresentation remained until recently where he resurfaced in a Press Conference at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines offices last May 6, 2019. Finally, the undersigned now has the legal recourse against respondent for his criminal fraudulent act,” it cited.