'Bikoy' may be motivated by money, says police chief
MANILA -- The Philippine National Police on Wednesday said it was keeping tabs on a man who earlier this week claimed responsibility for videos linking President Rodrigo Duterte's family.
The "Totoong Narco-list" videos 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.
In a press conference Monday, a certain Peter Joemel Advincula said he was "Bikoy," a hooded figure in the videos who claimed that he kept financial records for the drug ring that gave payoffs to the Duterte family and Go.
A warrant of arrest is needed for the police to take custody of Advincula over his allegations, noted PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde.
Investigators, he said, were also verifying if there is a standing warrant of arrest against Advincula for supposed theft and illegal cases in Baguio City.
"Just in case na makuha po namin iyung kopya ng warrant of arrest, mayroon pong naka-monitor sa kanya na team ng PNP," Albayalde said.
(Just in case we get a copy of the warrant of arrest, there is a PNP team monitoring him.)
Advincula earlier said he was sued for estafa in 2012 and given a 6-year jail sentence in connection with documents he signed in his previous work. He said he was freed in 2016 for good behavior.
While in prison, Advincula reportedly racked up debt, said Albayalde. The official did not provide additional details, but said money may have motivated Advincula into claiming that he was Bikoy.
"With his profile, na talagang medyo talagang may problema po ito, ang motivation nito ay pera. Baka nagpapabayad talaga itong taong ito," said the PNP chief.
(This person really has problem, his motivation is money. He may be being paid.)
"We have to ascertain kung siya talaga ang sinasabing si (if he really is) Bikoy," he added.
Advincula earlier said he has no links to any political party or the opposition senatorial slate Otso Diretso. He also sought legal assistance from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.
The Senate will investigate Advincula's claims on Friday.