Babalik ba sa kulungan? DOJ gives Bikoy until June 4 to surface
Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy has been given until June 4 to appear before the Department of Justice (DOJ) to face the estafa complaint filed against him.
Former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Benjamin Delos Santos, the lawyer of complainant Ardeur Marketing Corp. President Areven Valmores, said that Advincula ignored the subpoena which ordered the respondent to appear on Tuesday (May 28) at the DOJ for the start of the preliminary investigation of the complaint.
On the other hand, Delos Santos said Assistant State Prosecutor Herbert Calvin Advincula who is conducting the preliminary investigation gave Advincula until June 4 to appear at the DOJ.
On June 4, the lawyer said Advicula should file a counter-affidavit in response to the complaint.
The lawyer explained that according to the rules “15 days dapat magbigay siya ng counter-affidavit to answer the complaint.”
“As per records of the prosecutor, na-receive ang complaint niya sa last known address niya in Barangay Tupas, Donsol, Sorsogon,” Delos Santos said.
“If he does not submit any or he does not show up the prosecutor will be forced to resolve the case based on the evidence we have presented,” he pointed out.
The complaint stemmed from the Miss Scenti Essencia Amabassadress 2018 which Advincula organized and, according to the complaint, “utilized complainant’s corporate name and logo in the promotional activities without the knowledge, authorization and consent of the corporation.”
“Respondent became untraceable and efforts to locate him to answer for his misrepresentation remained until recently where he resurfaced in a Press Conference at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines offices last May 6, 2019. Finally, the undersigned now has the legal recourse against respondent for his criminal fraudulent act,” read the complaint.
The complainant said Advincula never appeared on the pageant day and “became unreachable thereafter leaving all the members of the production staff unpaid.”
Valmores said he was forced to pay P304,422 to 28 persons including the staff and pageant winners to save his firm from bad publicity.
“Through false pretenses and use of the corporate name, complainant was damaged financially in the amount stated above,” the complaint stated.