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IBP declines ‘Bikoy’ request for free legal assistance

IBP declines ‘Bikoy’ request for free legal assistance

MANILA, Philippines (Update 2, 10:39 a.m.) — The Integrated Bar of the Philippines said Wednesday it rejected the request for free legal assistance made by Peter Joemel Advincula — who claimed he is the man named “Bikoy” behind the series of videos linking the first family to the illegal drug trade.

In a statement, the IBP said its decision was reached “after a thorough evaluation” of Advincula’s application.

“Mr. Advincula came to the IBP [National Center for Legal Aid] to request free legal assistance and representation in the filing of charges against certain individuals, including candidates for elective positions, because of their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade,” the IBP said.

“The NCLA has determined that Mr. Advincula may not be provided free legal assistance based on the standards provided for in the NCLA Manual of Operations in approving such requests. However, communications and documents submitted during consultation shall remain privileged and confidential,” it added.

“In the pursuit of its mandate to provide access to justice to the poor and the marginalized, the IBP cannot be seen to be siding with or going against any candidate or political party,” it continued.

On Monday, Advincula faced the media and claimed he is Bikoy, the man behind the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos. He arrived past noon at the IBP office in Pasig City and read a prepared statement to reporters.

The IBP’s board of governors earlier made it clear that the national group of lawyers had nothing to do with Advincula’s actions.

Advincula detailed his involvement in an alleged syndicate where one of his duties, he shared, was to scan codes embedded in the tattoos of senior members such as former presidential aide Bong Go and former Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, who is the president’s son.

He said that after he was jailed for estafa and was released — after his sentence was reduced — in 2016, he decided to lead an honorable life. But Advincula said he was recognized by Go in one event.

“Bikoy” said he was told that his life is in danger. He said had been hiding since August 2018.

Advincula added he was ready to face a Senate probe to prove that the contents of his video series are true. —

source: inquirer



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