THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is willing to accept the evidence presented by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV against Peter Joemel Advincula, the man claiming to be Bikoy in the series of videos that implicated Duterte family members in the illegal drugs trade.
“Lahat ng mga panibagong ebidensya na available na makakatulong sa ongoing na investigation kay Bikoy ay nakahandang tanggapin ng PNP para sa patuloy na kalinawan pagbibigay linaw sa isyu dito kay Bikoy,” PNP spokesperson Colonel Bernard Banac said on Tuesday.
“Ating alalahanin na hangang ngayon si Bikoy ay under investigation, ‘yung kanyang mga statement at ebidensya na binigay sa PNP ay under validation at malalaman pa natin kung siya ba ay magiging witness or suspek so hindi pa siya off the hook. So lahat ng karagdagang ebidensya ofcourse we welcome all this available evidence and resources to aid the ongoing investigation on the issue and the allegations of Mister Advincula,” he added.
Banac said the PNP expects Trillanes to coordinate with the police in submitting the evidence he has gathered. This will form part of the investigation being conducted by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
In a press conference on Tuesday morning, Trillanes tried to clear his name by presenting screenshots of text messages allegedly between Advincula and a priest and a video of Advincula which may debunk his claims of an ouster plot against Duterte.
Advincula had tagged Trillanes as the mastermind of the alleged ouster plot against Duterte.
“Yung mga alegasyon ni Bikoy na meron daw ouster plot, meron daw script na ginagawa para siraan itong Duterte adminsitration. So, ipapakita ko ngayon na hindi po totoo yan, wala pong ouster plot at lahat nung mga inilabas ni Bikoy dun sa kanyang mga videos ay galing sa kanya,” Trillanes said.
In one of the text messages, Advincula allegedly encouraged the priest to help him surface and reveal the illegal activities of the administration.
“Padre kunan mo na aku ng video para may marecord ka ng testimonya ko! Yung sa maghintay kaya ko yun padre! Pero yung sisihin palagi aku yun ang d ko kaya padre! Planu ko ng tapusin ang buhay! Ang sakit sakit na ng ulo ko!” one of the text messages reads.
Advincula earlier claimed he is Bikoy, the hooded man in the series of videos “Ang Totoong Narco-list” which implicates Duterte’s son Paolo, the husband of Duterte’s daughter Sara Manases Carpio, senator-elect Cristopher Lawrence Go and Duterte’s partner Honeylet Avanceña in illegal drugs operations.
On May 6, Advincula surfaced and sought legal assistance from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) because he wanted to file charges against the people he tagged in the said series of videos.
However, on May 23, Advincula recanted all his previous statements and tagged Trillanes and the Liberal party as behind the series of videos which allegedly aim to discredit the administration and unseat Duterte.
Advincula issued an affidavit where he tagged Trillanes, the Liberal party and several religious leaders in the said destabilization plot.
He is currently under the protective custody of the PNP while investigation is ongoing. (SunStar Philippines)