‘Bikoy’ affidavits contain inconsistencies

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 30 2019 11:38 PM | Updated as of Jul 31 2019 10:58 AM

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MANILA – The signed affidavit Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy submitted to the Department of Justice has one glaring error – it mentioned the wrong date of his own press conference at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Ortigas.

Advincula, on May 6, 2019, identified himself as the hooded figure in a series of viral online videos called “Ang Totoong Narcolist” which accused President Rodrigo Duterte, his family and Senator Bong Go of involvement in the illegal drug trade.

He has since retracted his statement and accused the opposition, particularly then-Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, of being behind the videos as part of a plot to oust the President called Project Sodoma.

But in his 19-page affidavit which he submitted to the Department of Justice on July 18, he indicated the wrong date.

“Nag-conduct kami ng press conference sa Integrated Bar of the Philippines noong Mayo 7, 2019,” Advincula said in his response to question number 78 on page 14 of his signed affidavit.

Various news articles and video recordings uploaded online show the presscon actually took place on May 6.

Advincula’s earlier affidavit sworn to before the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) on May 29, 2019 correctly indicated that the press conference was held on May 6 and not May 7.

The CIDG affidavit provided more details about how Advincula was supposedly fetched on that day from a convent in New Manila where he was then hiding, allegedly escorted by members of Magdalo, how they changed cars in a basement of a building near IBP until he eventually held the presscon at the IBP office.

He also claimed meeting then-outgoing IBP President Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo, incoming President Domingo Egay Cayosa and IBP National Center for Legal Aid Director Jun Ambrosio prior to the presscon.

The DOJ affidavit however omitted all these details, including an interview with a reporter for an online news website at a convent in New Manila on May 7, the day after the presscon.

OTHER INCONSISTENCIES

ABS-CBN News also discovered several discrepancies between Advincula’s CIDG and DOJ affidavits.

In his CIDG affidavit, Advincula claimed he and Fr. Albert Alejo went to a meeting with Senator Antonio Trillanes, his bodyguard Jonel, and Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on February 9, 2019 at the Bishop’s House in Caloocan where they supposedly discussed making some noise for the upcoming elections.

But in his DOJ affidavit, he said instead that Trillanes called Fr. Alejo through ProtonMail, a secure email, to discuss granting an exclusive interview about his affidavit. He also added that they talked about obtaining a favorable outcome for Otso Diretso candidates in the May 2019 polls and installing Vice President Leni Robredo as President and Trillanes as vice president.

ABS-CBN news obtained a copy of a court document showing Trillanes was scheduled to be in the United States from January 27 to February 10 this year.

Both affidavits also varied as to the number of times Advincula allegedly met with the former senator.

In his CIDG affidavit, he said he met Trillanes 7 times:

-August 29, 2018

-February 9, 2019

-February 22, 2019

-March 6, 2019 morning

-March 6, 2019 evening

-May 5, 2019

-May 9, 2019


But he only mentioned 4 meetings in his DOJ affidavit:

-August 29, 2018

-October 11, 2018

-February 9, 2019

-February 22, 2019


In his CIDG affidavit, Advincula said Vice President Leni Robredo dropped by for about ten minutes at a March 4 meeting with Otso Diretso candidates at the Ateneo.
 
But in his DOJ affidavit, he said Robredo was part of the meeting.

Robredo had earlier denied having taken part in such a meeting.

Advincula also gave different answers as to where he and his common-law partner were staying from August 19, 2018 to August 27, 2018.

He said they were staying at the Religious of Good Shepherd in Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City in his CIDG affidavit. That became Jesuit Residences inside the ADMU compound in Quezon City in his DOJ affidavit.

ABS-CBN News is still trying to get an explanation from Advincula’s lawyer regarding his inconsistent statements, as well as the reaction of all the other personalities named in his affidavits.