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‘Bikoy’ freed after posting bail

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By Aaron Recuenco

Peter Joemel Advincula has been released from police custody after posting bail for the cyber libel filed against him by a Bicol-based businessman whom he tagged as involved in the illegal drugs trade.

Peter Joemel Advincula, Alyas 'Bikoy,' appears at the office of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Ortigas, Pasig City, on Monday, May 6, 2019. (Contributed photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

Peter Joemel Advincula, Alyas ‘Bikoy’.
(Contributed photo / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said Advincula, who allegedly used the pseudonym “Bikoy” in the five-part video series “Ang Totoong Narcolist,” posted P10,000 bail at the sala of Judge Jose Paneda of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 220 on Wednesday.

“He was released from the Criminal Investigation Detection Group (CIDG) at 3:20 p.m. and was received by his brother Joseph,” said Banac.

Advincula surrendered to the CIDG-National Capital Region at Camp Crame on Monday after an arrest warrant was issued against him.

The case was filed by businessman Zaldy Co whom Advincula tagged as among the key players of drug operations in the country.

In the same video-series, the hooded man who identified himself as “Bikoy,” also linked two members of the Duterte family and now Senator Bong Go.

But he recanted his statement later and tagged former Senator Antonio Trillanes and other opposition members in a plot to overthrow the President. This later served as the basis by the PNP, with the help of the Office of the Solicitor General, to file a sedition case against Vice President Leni Robredo and some bishops critical of Duterte’s drug war.

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