'Bikoy' in viral anti-Duterte videos may be state witness or suspect: police


Posted at Jun 05 2019 07:50 AM | Updated as of Jun 05 2019 08:00 AM

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MANILA -- A man who owned up to viral videos that linked President Rodrigo Duterte and his family to illegal drugs could be a suspect or state witness as authorities investigate the case, the chief of the Philippine National Police said Wednesday.

Peter Joemel Advincula, who said he was the hooded man "Bikoy" in the videos, surrendered to police and turned in his desktop computer and cellphone.

Advincula tagged the opposition Liberal Party and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, the President's most vocal critic, as behind the videos.

"Siya ay person of interest. Puwede po s'yang maging state witness, puwede po s'yang maging suspect, depende po iyan sa appreciation ng korte," General Oscar Albayalde, the PNP chief, told DZMM. 

(He is a person of interest. He can be a state witness or a suspect; that depends on the court's appreciation.) 

Advincula's May 27 surrender to the police came 2 days after he was freed on bail on fraud charges that are unrelated to the videos, police earlier said.

Opposition members have threatened to file charges against Advincula.