MANILA - A Manila court on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant against Peter Joemel “Bikoy” Advincula over a perjury charge filed by opposition figures for claiming in his sworn statement that they were part of an ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte.
State prosecutors found probable cause to charge Advincula with perjury for his claim that Free Legal Assistance Group members Chel Diokno and Lorenzo Tañada III met at the Ateneo Leong Hall to plan the removal of Duterte from his post, calling it an “outright lie.”
Meanwhile, a separate meeting of Advincula, the man who claims to be the hooded figure "Bikoy" in a series of anti-Duterte viral videos, with lawyer Theodore Te was only about possible legal assistance by the Free Legal Assistance Group, the Department of Justice said.
FLAG eventually turned down Advincula’s request to represent him.
The court set bail at P18,000.
Diokno, Tañada and Te were among the respondents in the sedition, other complaints filed by the Philippine National Police against opposition figures in July 2019.
The complaint against them were dismissed but charges for conspiracy to commit sedition were filed against former Sen. Antonio Trillanes and several others.
DOJ prosecutors dismissed the perjury complaint against Police Col. Arnold Thomas Ibay as he only endorsed Advincula’s affidavit.
The false testimony complaint against Advincula and Ibay were also dismissed because not all statements were false.
Advincula is facing both perjury and conspiracy to commit sedition charges over the Ang Totoong Narcolist video series.
--Report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News