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Bikoy out on bail

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Whistleblower Peter Joemel Advincula, also known as “Bikoy”, has been granted temporary liberty after posting bail before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Wednesday.

In an order dated July 31, RTC Branch 220 Judge Jose Pañeda approved Advincula’s cash bond of P10,000 for his provisional liberty and ordered the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) to release him unless he is being detained for some other lawful cause.

The bail was in connection with charges of violation of Rep. Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

PNP spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, said the CIDG-National Capital Region Field Unit received the order of release.

Advincula, who voluntarily surrendered to the CIDG on Monday night, was brought to Camp Crame for a medical examination prior to his release.

The PNP said Advincula was released from CIDG custody at 3:20 p.m. and was received by his brother Joseph.

Advincula is also a primary witness and respondent in the charge of sedition, inciting to sedition among other charges filed by the CIDG against a number of public personalities behind the so-called Oplan Sodoma hatched to destabilize the government and undermine the administration in time for last May’s elections. (PNA)

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