MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) remains skeptical of Peter Joemel Advincula claiming to be alias Bikoy, the hooded man in the viral narco video linking prominent personalities including President Rodrigo Duterte to illegal drugs.
According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, the responsibility is on Advincula to prove his claim, though authorities are working out to uncover his real identity.
“We have not really confirmed na itong si Bikoy na naka-hood ay siya rin itong si Advincula na self-confessed Bikoy. Ang burden of proof lies on Advincula kung paano niya i-prove na siya si Bikoy talaga, (We have not really confirmed if this hooded man or self-confessed Bikoy is indeed Advincula. The burden of proof now lies on Advincula to prove himself as Bikoy),” Police General Albayalde said.
According to Albayalde, Advincula used to tip authorities with information when he was serving jail term inside the New Bilibid Prison in 2016.
“He made it believe through one inmate also na siya ay involved. The same kuwento niya na siya ang involved sa isang sindikato at meron siyang alam na laboratory sa Bicol. It so happened na noong i-verify namin ang sinasabi niyang laboratory ay isang resort pala. (He made one inmate believe that he was involved (in a syndicate). The same old story. And that he knew of a (drug) laboratory in Bicol. It so happened that when we verified the supposed laboratory, it turned out to be a resort). So, this is how he lies,” Albayalde explained.
What’s cunning, Albayalde said, was that Advincula used to sell information for P50,000 to P70,000.
“We have an intensified campaign against illegal drugs, alam niya (he knows it). So, we develop kahit anong information ang nakukuha namin sa isang tao (So, we develop whatever information we could get from an informant). But before he gives information, ilang beses na siyang nakahingi ng medyo large amount of money (he would always ask for a large amount of money). And it turned out na lahat ng sinabi niya are all false, (later, it would turn out that everything he said was false),” the PNP Chief narrated.
He said it was not only one agency that Advincula conned with false information.
“Ibig sabihin nagpabayad siya dito (He accepted payment for), the same information . Umatras iyon pero nabayaran na siya (The other party backed out their deal but he was paid already),” Albayalde said.
Then there was another agency na binayaran siya ulit and then false pa rin ang sinasabi niya (Then there was another agency that also paid him, but fed it false information again),” Albyalde added.
If Advincula is indeed Bikoy, Albayalde said it is possible that he is a paid whistleblower.
Until now, the PNP has not received any information on whether or not the personalities mentioned by Bikoy in the viral video have links to illegal drugs, but assures that investigations are still ongoing.
“Kahit na ang quadrangle group na sinasabi niya it’s not even existent, (Even that quadrangle group that he mentioned is non-existent),” the PNP Chief said.
Meanwhile, authorities are still verifying information if Advincula has an existing warrant of arrest for cases of illegal recruitment in Baguio City. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)