Emergence of “Bikoy”: another trial-by-publicity stunt of the Opposition?

The timing of the emergence of the supposed person behind the “Bikoy” videos, a certain Peter Joemel Advincula, is quite suspect. The midterm elections is in a few days. The people pulling his strings are really desperate to win the elections by painting the Duterte family and their allies under a negative light. Too lame.

The only people who would fall for this are the people who already believe the claims even before the guy surfaced. They don’t believe in giving their enemies due process. So far there is no evidence provided. This is so reminiscent of Jun Lozada without the crying. Indeed, according to a Rappler report, “Advincula was accompanied by nuns” (recalling the Lozada circus in the mid-2000s) when he arrived at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines building for his press conference.

Mainstream media, for its part, keeps giving airtime to these menaces of Philippine society. Taking stock of the reports fielded by mainstream news channels following this circus, Mr David Yap notes, “The statement of some random scammer, without any investigation WHATSOEVER, is enough for mainstream media.”

The public should be outraged already because they are being taken for a ride. Observes Ms Malou Tiquia

Went to IBP, had prepared statement, had media to cover the event, then the usual choir was present. Seriously, same familiar script, just like against Villar, Binay, etc, right? Why do we fall for such?

Too bad for Bikoy, the public is tired of badly scripted melodrama and prefer action-packed, less talk productions. The people want to see evidence. Words are boring especially coming from an unknown trying-hard-for-his-fifteen-minutes-of-fame-bozo.

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