MANILA (4th UPDATE) - A man who linked President Rodrigo Duterte's family to the narcotics trade through a series of viral videos surfaced Monday to seek legal aid and deny his alleged ties to the opposition senatorial slate Otso Diretso.
The YouTube clips titled "Totoong Narco-list" claimed drug money was funneled into the bank accounts of Duterte's son former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, his son-in-law Atty. Manases Carpio, and former aide Christopher Go.
"Bikoy," a hooded figure in the videos, claimed that he used to keep financial records for the drug syndicate that allegedly had dealings with the Duterte family.
In a press conference at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), a certain Peter Joemel Advincula introduced himself as Bikoy.
"Ako si Bikoy. Ako po ay tunay na tao at hindi kathang isip lang tulad ng sinasabi ng ibang tao," he said.
(I'm Bikoy. I'm a real person and not a figment of the imagination, contrary to what some people are saying.)
"Andito ako ngayon sa tanggapan ng Integrated Bar of the Philippines upang humingi ng legal assistance. Kailangan ko ng abogado para i-submit ang aking sinumpaang salaysay at tulungan ako magsampa ng kaso laban sa mga miyembro ng sindikato," he added.
(I'm here at the office of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines to ask for legal assistance. I need a lawyer to submit my sworn statement and help me file cases against members of the syndicate.)
Advincula surfaced days after the arrest of Rodel Jayme, who admitted to creating a website that hosted the Totoong Narco-list videos. Jayme said 2 supporters of the opposition Liberal Party (LP) tapped him to create the website, which it denied.
Advincula said he has no links to any political party or the LP-backed Otso Diretso lineup.
"Wala akong kinalaman sa kahit sinong kandidato lalo na sa mga kandidato ng Otso Diretso, o political party," he said.
(I have no connection to any candidate, especially the candidates of Otso Diretso, or any political party.)
He also denied knowing Jayme, as well as any media personality or institution recently accused by Malacañang of planning to overthrow the government.
WHO IS BIKOY?
Advincula claimed he used to work as a marketing executive of VitaPlus, a franchise of the First Quadrant multilevel marketing company.
He claimed that in Feb. 2010, his boss transferred him to the narcotics syndicate's underground facility in Misibis Bay, where he allegedly worked as a control man of the radio base and CCTV operations.
He said he was later transferred to the transmitting and facilitating team, where he worked on the "tara" or the alleged monthly allocations of drug money to several personalities.
He claimed that it was his job to scan the codes on the dragon tattoos of both Paolo Duterte and Go, which were allegedly validated by another controller of the Hong Kong-based syndicate.
In 2012, he said he was sued for estafa and given a 6-year jail sentence in connection with documents he signed in his work with VitaPlus. However, he was freed in 2016 for good behavior and found a new job.
He said he went into hiding after Go spotted him in his new job during a gathering. A colleague allegedly told him to leave because his life was in danger.
READY FOR SENATE PROBE
Advincula said he surfaced before the media due to a supposed threat on his life and because his conscience was nagging him over his role in the spread of drugs.
He said he will cooperate with any Senate investigation into his allegations.
"Handa po ako na humarap sa ano mang imbestigasyon ng Senado upang patotohanan ang lahat ng inilabas ko sa video serye," said Advincula.
(I am ready to face any Senate inquiry to prove everything I claimed in the video series.)
Justice Chief Menardo Guevarra meanwhile said Advincula should file a complaint at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to support his claims.
"This Peter Advincula should go to the NBI and file his complaint against those he implicated, if he has sufficient evidence," he said.
Meanwhile, Malacañang is questioning Advincula's integrity, saying the latter is facing multiple criminal cases, such as estafa and theft.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said IBP "may have unwittingly allowed their facilities to be used by a fraudster to perpetuate lies" against the President and his family.
"There is a dictum in law which says: You lie in one, you lie in all. This legal principle applies to Advincula or Bikoy," he said.
The management of Misibis Bay Resort in Cagraray Island, Albay on Monday also said it will file a cyber libel case against Advincula for maliciously and falsely implicating the resort and its owners in the alleged drug trade.
The Philippine National Police (PNP), Panelo said, is "unearthing information" against Advincula.
"There are strong indications that Advincula is not alone but is just being used by a personality in conspiracy with others bent on destroying the reputation of the Duterte family and tarnishing the image of the President," he said.