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Tell it to SunStar: Miscalculation

THERE has been much ado created over Bikoy and his “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos before the midterm elections not only because of its timeliness, but more so because it was intended to humiliate President Duterte and his family and discredit his accomplishments that has sustained his popularity.

Overall, it was a cowardly ploy as it involved a young and innocent member of the family.

If one looks at the video keenly, the Machiavellian plot can only come from devious people who are well heeled, in position of power, overly irate and whose ultimate goal at this point in time is to make Duterte a lame duck president by creating a stigma that even the much talked about prospect of his daughter, Sara, succeeding him in the presidential election of 2022 will fizzle out.

That one Peter Joemel Advincula, a former convict facing estafa and illegal recruitment charges, surrendered to seek police custody only showed how scared he is and that confessing the truth is the only way he can be saved from being silenced forever.

Realizing that there was a manhunt for him after a warrant for his arrest was issued and realizing further that his Bikoy videos did not make a dent against Duterte’s senatorial bets, he simply followed his survival instincts that the best way to continue living is to surface and redeem whatever is left that is redeemable in him under police custody.

After the resounding defeat of the Liberal Party’s Otso Diretso candidates, who were suppose to be the direct beneficiary of the controversial videos, Advincula realized too that he was damaged goods–useless and ineffective for the political interests that he was being exploited for.

It was nothing short of miscalculation for the conspirators who hatched the vicious storyline in the videos. They were not smart enough to prevent the exposure of Bikoy’s true identity, but the latter instead is now poised to identify who the malevolent people are behind the Bikoy videos.

There is a need therefore for an in-depth investigation probing into the sinister Bikoy videos. Advincula, the self-confessed Bikoy, simply does not have the motivation for going after the Dutertes considering who he is, a felon, but it is his being a felon that made him a perfect catalyst for the plotters to fulfill their evil desires against the Dutertes.

The burden of proof now is on Advincula. The only way he could redeem himself is to come out with irrefutable evidence that would show who, where, why and what made him Bikoy in the videos. Unless he does this, Bikoy’s goose is cooked.


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