Star whistleblower Peter Joemel Advincula, a.k.a. “Bikoy” flagged officials of chi chi Jesuit school Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) as possible accomplices in alleged ouster plots against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
In his sworn statement to the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Advincula reportedly related how he had access to key ADMU facilities presumably at the time the plot was being hatched…
The 30-year-old ex-convict said he still had the keys to Bahay Dagani in Ateneo de Manila Residence and a house in Dela Costa Homes in Marikina City, and the access card to a unit in The Grove Residences in Pasig City where he was given sanctuary by the Jesuit priests and opposition supporters.
Advincula also cited as evidence text messages with a certain “Fr. Albert Alejo of Ateneo de Manila University.” A statement released by Alejo on the website Philippine Jesuits was rich in citing his academic credentials but was utterly lacking in any information or arguments to support his supposed denial of any involvement in said ouster plot. Indeed, scratch that last one, Alejo’s statement did not mention any explicit denial of involvement at all!
Advincula, as part of his sworn statement also mentioned the use of the Jesuit Residence at the Loyola Heights campus of the ADMU as venue for a meeting where he “claimed that [Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan and former head of the CBCP] was present”.
At what level of the ADMU management hierarchy does the endorsement of an illegal change in leadership begin? The fact of Advincula’s attest to such astounding access to ADMU facilities begs a deeper investigation into the matter.
It must be really awkward for the Yellowtards now that Peter Joemel Advincula (a.k.a. “Bikoy”) admits on record that he lied about everything in his “The Real Narco-list” videos.
Advincula also said his claims were “orchestrated” by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and the Liberal Party, a claim immediately denied by an official official of the group and an ally of the lawmaker.
One of the earliest breakers of the first “Bikoy” video was Queen of all Fact Checking in the Philippines, Ellen Tordesillas who exclaimed in a blog she wrote about it, “This is riveting.”
A who’s who of “activists” and influencers followed suit to share the videos.
One of them is Dr Sylvia Claudio a Professor of “Women and Development Studies” who gushed about Bikoy’s “revelations” in this April 13 tweet…
Throughout, the “activist” group Silent No More kept its flock updated on the latest episode of the “Bikoy” series as these came online.
No less than Inquirer editor John Nery himself issued rave reviews about the “Bikoy” videos, proclaiming “THIS is the real (video) scandal” as he too shared a link to the video.
Indeed, the biggest gifts the Yellowtards are giving Filipinos are lessons coming straight out of their own stupidity.
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.