By Jel Santos and Aldrin Casinas
A man who claimed to be behind the series of videos implicating President Duterte’s family and close allies to the illegal drug trade sought the help of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Monday.
Peter Joemel Advincula, who claimed to be the one behind the “Ang Totoong Narco List” video series, surfaced at the IBP office in Pasig City accompanied by nuns.
He said that he was forced to surface as he has been receiving death threats ever since the videos circulated online.
“Nandito ako ngayon sa tanggapan ng IBP upang humingi ng legal assistance. Kailangan ko ng abogado para i-submit ang akong sinumpaang salaysay at tulungan akong magsampa n kaso laban sa mga miyembro ng sindikato na pinangalanan ko sa video seryeng ‘Ang Totoong Narco List’ (I am here at IBP office to ask for their legal assistance. I need a lawyer in order for me to submit my sworn statement, and help me file a case against the members of the syndicate who I named in the series of videos ‘The Real Narco List),” he told the media during a press conference at IBP.
“Nagdesisyon akong lumabas dahil una – merong banta sa aking buhay. Ikalawa – dahil sa tawag ng konsensya. Nakikita ko ang pagwasak ng pamilya na dulot ng droga, na kung saan naging bahagi ako sa pagpapakalat nito nuong miyembro pa ako ng sindikato. Panahon na upang puksain ang pamamahayag ng sindikatong ito (I decided to come out first because I have a death threat. Second, because of my conscience. I am witnessing the destruction of families because of illegal drugs, where I took part of proliferating illegal drugs when I was still a member of the syndicate. It is time to end this syndicate),” he added.
In the series of videos Advincula made, he named Duterte’s son Paolo Duterte, former special assistant to the president Christopher Bong Tesoro Go, and Maneses Carpio, the husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte as belonging to the syndicate.
Advincula clarified that he was not affiliated to any Otso Diretso candidate or political party, and stressed that he was not being used by anyone as he just wanted the true narco list to be exposed.
“Gusto kong linawin na wala akong kaugnayan sa kahit kaninong kandidato, lalo na sa mga kandidato ng Otso Diretso, o political party. Wala din akong kaugnayan sa mga media personalities at institusyon na pinangalanan ni Pangulong Duterte sa kanyang Matrix (I want to clarify that I have no affiliations with any candidate especially of Otso Diretso, or political party. I also have no affiliations with media personalities or institutions that Pres. Duterte named in his Matrix),” he said.
He also said that he did not know Rodel Jayme, who was recently apprehended by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Cybercrime Division.
Jayme admitted to being the administrator of the website where the series of videos was uploaded and is currently facing an inciting to sedition case.
Jayme earlier said that Liberal Party and Magdalo groups were the ones who told him to make the website as he was allegedly a former ally of them. He said that he was willing to name them.
NBI said it was possible for Jayme to become a state witness.