MANILA -- State prosecutors will resolve a fraud complaint against the man who owned up to viral anti-government videos after he failed to appear at a pre-trial hearing for the second time on Tuesday.
Peter Joemel Advincula, who said he was the hooded man "Bikoy" in the videos, also skipped a hearing on May 28. Benjamin delos Santos, the lawyer for the complainant, businessman Arven Valmores, told reporters that the case was submitted for resolution due to the accused's absence.
The estafa complaint is unrelated to the videos. Advincula was accused of running away from his obligations in a beauty contest in Albay province in 2018.
Valmores, president and CEO of Ardeur World Marketing, accused Advincula of using his corporate name and logo without his consent.
On Tuesday, Valmores presented Danrick Capuz, the pageant’s production director, who submitted a sworn statement detailing how Advincula engaged him to recruit support staff while Advincula took care of sponsorship solicitations and the sale of production and promotional materials.
Advincula did not show up and could no longer be reached, Capuz said
Asked about Advincula’s absence from the hearings, Delos Santos, a former police criminal investigation chief, said it could be due to security risks.