MANILA -- A man who introduced himself as "Bikoy," a hooded figure who linked President Rodrigo Duterte's family to the narcotics trade in several viral videos, skipped the start of the justice department's probe into the estafa complaint against him.
The case against suspect Peter Joemel Advincula was filed by a businessman who accused him of running away from financial obligations after producing a beauty pageant.
Advincula was a no-show and failed to send a representative to the preliminary investigation into the case before Assistant State Prosecutor Herbert Calvin Abugan.
Businessman Arven Valmores, president and CEO of Ardeur World Marketing, sued Advincula for using the corporate name and logo of his company without consent in the beauty pageant he organized in Polangui, Albay in August last year.
Advincula allegedly did not show up at the pageant and did not pay members of the production staff.
Valmores said he was forced to shell out P304,422 for the pageant and its staff to avoid damaging the reputation of his company, which he said has 200,000 perfume distributors nationwide.
“The deceit basically comes when Advincula used the company in promoting the pageant. In all the communication, in all the news items, in all the promotions, nakalagay lagi ang logo,” Valmores’ lawyer, former Corrections chief Benjamin delos Santos told reporters.
“Ginamit yung pangalan ng isang tao, isang entity to entice people to join and give money, kaya nandoon ‘yong element of deceit,” he added, saying 28 victims are willing to testify in court.
(The name of a person, an entity was used to entice people to join and give money so the element of deceit is there.)
Valmores said he did not know Advincula personally but found out that the latter was an independent distributor of his company, based on its records.
“Nakausap ko lang siya through phone. Noong pumutok na ang issue na, hindi niya hinarap ang obligation dito sa pageant na to. ‘Yun lang ‘yung time na nalaman ko na meron akong member na Peter Advincula,” he explained.
(I just talked to him over the phone. When the issue erupted, he did not face his obligation in this pageant. That was when I learned that a certain Peter Advincula was a member of my company.)
Advincula was in hiding until he surfaced at a press conference earlier this month identifying himself as Bikoy, Valmores said.
Advincula had recanted his drug accusations against Duterte's family and claimed these were orchestrated by the Liberal Party and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, which they denied.
Valmores filed the estafa complaint with the Department of Justice last May 10.
Last week, Advincula posted bail for separate estafa cases filed in Baguio.