Advincula walks free after posting bail

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 25 2019 01:38 PM

Peter Joemel Advincula, the man who claims to be the hooded figure "Bikoy" in a series of anti-Duterte viral videos, walked free from custody Saturday after posting bail over his estafa cases.

Police Lt. Col. Arnold Thomas Ibay, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Metro Manila chief, said Advincula was released to a sibling. He said he had no idea where they are going.

Asked if Advincula asked for a security escort, he said: "Wala siyang binabanggit kasi ang madalas naming kausap yung kapatid."

He said Advincula stayed for another 4 hours inside the CIDG while waiting for his sibling.

Advincula earlier claimed he was offered half a million pesos by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and members of the Liberal Party to appear in a series of videos that linked the Dutertes to illegal drugs.

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.

Trillanes, the Liberal Party and other opposition personalities have denied Advincula's claims.

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto earlier cast doubt on the credibility of Advincula, saying the latter had also tried in 2016 to link officials of the then outgoing Aquino administration to the illegal drug trade.

Advincula was hospitalized Friday due to chest pains but left the Philippine National Police General Hospital Saturday morning.

Advincula earlier said he will be staying with his family and then hire a lawyer to back his claims against the opposition.

"Pinaka priority natin ngayon ay kumuha ng abogado," he said.