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Novaliches bishop denies backing Bikoy

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Novaliches Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr. has denied being part of the “shadow” group which allegedly financed and provided logistical support to Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy.

Because of this, Bacani asked the panel of prosecutors conducting the preliminary investigation of the complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) to dismiss the complaint against him.

“No other detail in support of such statement by ‘Bikoy’ is offered, which, to my mind, is unavoidable and understandable since the same is absolutely false,” read Bacani’s counter-affidavit that was filed before the panel.

In its complaint, the PNP-CIDG accused Bacani and his co-respondents of sedition, inciting to sedition, cyber libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice.

The case is in connection with the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos which has accused Duterte family members as being involved the narcotics trade.

Advincula, who revealed himself to be the hooded Bikoy in the videos, claimed that members of the opposition were behind the videos meant to discredit and destabilize the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Among the respondents, those who have already filed counter-affidavits are Bacani, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) vice president and Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and former CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villages.

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