'Bikoy' out of jail after posting bail over libel case

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 31 2019 07:09 PM

MANILA - The man who came forward as hooded figure "Bikoy," the man in viral videos that tagged President Rodrigo Duterte's family in the drug trade, is now out on bail. 

Peter Joemel Advincula posted a P10,000 bail on Wednesday over a cyber libel charge after a Quezon City court granted him bail. 

Advincula was held on an arrest warrant due to the cyber libel complaint filed by businessman Zaldy Co, who sued him for tagging his company in the viral videos. 

Advincula had first surfaced on May 6, seeking legal aid following his revelations against the President's family. 

He later retracted, saying his initial revelations were all lies and that the opposition had put him up to it. 

An affidavit he executed was the basis of a complaint of sedition and other charges that the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group filed against Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Risa Hontiveros and Leila de Lima, former senator Antonio Trillanes IV, opposition senatorial candidates in the May elections, members of the clergy, and other opposition figures. 

Advincula is also among respondents in the complaint.