How in the world did an ex-con manage to convince members of mainstream media to go to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) office to listen to him? Obviously someone influential from the Opposition contacted the media for him. The IBP office has security so someone higher up allowed the whole drama to unfold.
This “Bikoy” saga is proof that poverty is not the main problem in Ph. The main problem is the padrino system. It’s quite possible that powerful people like members of the IBP are in cahoots with members of the Opposition in promoting chaos in the country.
The whole scam has since unraveled as the truth about Peter Joemel Advincula’s crooked past slowly emerged thanks to the work of social media sleuths. Now there is a new term for being conned: na-bikoy.
Na-bikoy ang mga yellows. A con artist offered his services to play the part of a whistleblower who supposedly had information that could be used against the Duterte camp. Yellows weren’t aware he offered the same services and said he also had damning information about the Aquino camp.
The sad fact is, patronage politics or the padrino system is what’s ruining the country because it doesn’t level the playing field. Instead of uniting Filipinos, it promotes mistrust in Philippine society. This whole “Bikoy” saga has added to the damage to our society at so many levels.
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.