Bikoy as state witness? DOJ: Too early to tell
There is no assurance that charges will be dropped against Peter Joemel Advincula so that he can become a state witness in the sedition case against former senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
“It is too early for us to tell you right now na we will utilize him as our witness,” said Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Olivia Torrevillas on Thursday (Feb. 13).
“Remember that he is one of the accused now,” reminded Torrevillas who headed the panel of prosecutors which conducted the preliminary investigation and found probable cause to indict Trillanes.
Aside from Trillanes, also charged before the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) last Monday (Feb. 10) were Advincula, Police Sr. Supt. Eduardo Acierto, Peter Joemel Advincula, Joel Saracho, Jonnel Sangalang, Yolanda Villanueva Ong, Vicente Romano III, Fr. Flaviano Villanueva, and Fr. Albert Alejo.
“So pwede pa po kami mag-entertain like may makuha pa pong mga other witnesses na pwede po magcorroborate, pwede po namin yan gamitin sa court,” she said.
“Halimbawa meron pong lumabas na kasama pala nina Bikoy during the production of the videos or the planning itself,” she added.
The case stemmed from the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” which featured the hooded Bikoy, who was later revealed to be Advincula, and accused Duterte family members as being involved the narcotics trade.
The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) filed the complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) using the testimony of Advincula.
Advincula claimed members of the opposition were behind the videos which were meant to discredit and destabilize the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.