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Priests introduce Bikoy to Trillanes

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – (MDN digital) – Senator Trillanes admitted that it was a group of priest who brought Bikoy to him and told him about the alleged information that the Duterte family was allegedly linked to a drug syndicate.

During a privilege speech Monday, Trillanes said it was actually a group of priest of the Catholic Church who informed him that Peter Joemil Advincula sought sanctuary because of the threats of his life.

Trillanes said Advincula then narrated his faulty life to the senator but he rejected the idea of making him (Bikoy) a witness since he believes something were missing with Advincula's revelations.

"Unang inilapit sa akin si Bikoy ng mga pari noong August last year. Ayon sa kanila, ito raw si Bikoy ay humingi sa kanila ng sanctuary dahil siya raw ay papatayin ng mga taga-sindikato na involved sa illegal drugs. Pinakinggan ko siya subalit nakulangan ako at naguluhan sa mga detalye kaya isinantabi ko at tuluyan nang kinalimutan ang usapang ito," Trillanes said in his privilege speech aired live over televisions stations.  

Trillanes said that he was all over the news during the month of September 2018 after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reportedly revoked the grant of amnesty in September 2018 and the Makati court has also issued a warrant of arrest for him.

Menwhile, Advincula also posted a bail Monday for his temporary liberty. After posting a bail, he left and did not inform the police about where he was going.

But PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde was quick to answer to media queries that Bikoy, the hooded man on the video, was set free because he posted a bail.

"It was his right to post a bail and he is entitled to that. He went out after posting his bail and we set him free. But I'm sure he will come back and maybe substantiate his allegations against the opposition group when that time comes," the PNP chief said.

Bikoy's credibility doubted 

Earlier, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), whom the controversial Peter Joemel Advincula aka Bikoy sought for help, has reportedly doubted his credibility and rejected his plea.

IBP's doubts reportedly developed after they have conducted a research and checked on Advincula's background and criminal records.  

Bikoy, the man in the hooded video series "Ang Totoong Narcolist" has claimed he decided to seek at the IBP office for fear of his life. He claimed after he uploaded the controversial video series linking the president's family and close friends to the illegal drug trade in the country.

"There threats of my life so I decided to go to IBP in hopes they would give me legal assistance," he said in Filipino language.

The IBP, the most prestigious organization of professional lawyers in the country, has maintained they rejected Bikoy's appeal because his statments were "reeked of political agenda." The IBP did not elaborate.

On Wednesday, the IBP through its National Center for Legal Aid (NCLA) said that they have evaluated Advincula's application just like any other citizens of the country seeking legal help.

NCLA said “his application was duly processed just like any other request received by the NCLA,” the IBP said in a statement but it was denied due to lack of credibility as his accusations are tainted with political agenda. 


Joel Escolhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK_sKdGFs0ewIh9R-iAskDg
Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist in the Philippines for more than 20 years. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of Mindanao Daily News, the biggest and most-widely read newspaper in Southern Philippines. He is also known as Noypi Vlogger in Youtube. You can follow him on the following social networking sites below.
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