Bikoy runs to DOJ for inclusion in witness protection program
Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy on Monday (August 5) has asked Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to be placed under the Witness Protection Program (WPP).
His lawyer, losing senatorial candidate Larry Gadon, was at the Department of Justice (DOJ) to submit Advincula’s WPP application on Monday.
“With the different prominent political figures and various influential personalities that I divulged during the series of investigation conducted by the Philippine National Police particularly, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, my life and the life of my family and security is at risk,” read Advincula’s letter to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.
Meanwhile, a DOJ panel of prosecutors is set to begin this August 9 the preliminary investigation over the complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).
Gadon expressed hope that the DOJ will process Advincula’s WPP application before the start of the preliminary investigation.
“Medyo kasi delikado din ang buhay niya kasi nakita ninyo naman ang na-filan ng cases dito ay mga malalaking mga tao,” the lawyer told reporters.
“Even if we do not assume that they will themselves do some nasty act, we cannot say about their supporters,” he added.
In its complaint, the PNP-CIDG accused at 35 respondents of sedition, inciting to sedition, cyber libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice.
Those named as respondents in the complaint included Vice President Leni Robredo; former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV; incumbent Senators Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros and Leila De Lima; and the Liberal Party’s Otso Diretso senatorial candidates Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano, Florin Hilbay, Romulo Macalintal, Bam Aquino, Lorenzo Tanada, and Samira Gutoc.
The case stemmed from the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series which accused a number of personalities including the Duterte family members as being engaged in the illegal drugs trade.
Advincula, who revealed himself to be the hooded Bikoy in the videos, accused members of the opposition as the ones behind the videos under “Project Sodoma.”
Advincula claimed “Project Sodoma” sought to publicly discredit President Rodrigo Duterte and destabilize his government.