“Bikoy” ready to face sedition case in court

Published February 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jeffrey Damicog

Peter Joemel Advincula, alias “Bikoy,” is ready to face the case against him concerning his involvement in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series, his lawyer said on Monday (Feb. 10).

Peter Advincula aka Bikoy speaks during a press conference at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)
Peter Advincula aka Bikoy (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Peter Advincula alias Bikoy accepts the findings of the Investigation Panel of the DOJ (Department of Justice) on the inciting to sedition charges against some political personalities led by former Sen. [Antonio] Trillanes,” said lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon.

Just recently, a DOJ panel of prosecutors released the resolution over the preliminary investigation it conducted over the complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) against 36 persons, including Vice President Maria Leonora “Leni” Robredo and Trillanes.

The panel found probable cause to indict Trillanes for conspiracy to commit sedition along with 10 others, namely, Advincula, former Police Sr. Supt. Eduardo Acierto, Joel Saracho, Boom Enriquez, Yolanda V. Ong, Vicente Romano III, Fr. Albert E. Alejo, Fr. Flaviano Villanueva, Jonnel P. Sangalang, and a certain Monique.

On other hand, the panel dismissed the other charges and cleared Robredo and the 24 other respondents from any liability.

Gadon said Advincula insisted that Robredo should have been indicted as well.

“While Advincula respects the findings that Leni Robredo was not indicted, he maintains that Leni Robredo came to Ateneo on two occasions at the same period that the series of videos were conceptualized and that the purpose was not about anything else as Bikoy is not a relative nor a friend that would make Robredo owe him a visit,” the lawyer said.

“Bikoy also pointed out that the visits came at a time during the 2019 senatorial campaign and one of the purposes of the videos was to help improve the chances of the opposition candidates,” he added.

The case stemmed from the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series, which was released online in April 2019. The series featured “Bikoy” and accused a number of personalities, including members of the Duterte family, as being involved in illegal drugs activities.

Using Advincula’s testimony, the PNP-CIDG alleged in its complaint that Advincula was allegedly engaged by the respondents for a destabilization plot called “Project Sodoma” to “spread lies against the President, his family and close associates, making them to appear as illegal trade protectors and how they earned staggering amounts of money.”

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