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Bikoy vs. dilawans: Ex-convict Advincula accuse Tañada, Diokno, Te of harassment

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Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy has accused losing Otso Diretso candidates, former Quezon representative Lorenzo “Erin” Tanada III and Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, as well as former Supreme Court (SC) of harassment for filing a complaint against him before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“This complaint arises as a result of the Affidavit-Complaint for Sedition, Inciting to Sedition, to Sedition, Cyber Libel and Harboring Criminal/Obstruction of Justice which I earlier filed against various individuals, to include the herein complaints, hence, is nothing more but a harassment suit, and is intended to deter the undersigned from further testifying and disclosing the facts and participation of the various individuals in the said Sedition cases,” read the counter-affidavit of Advincula.

Tanada, Diokno and Te are among the respondents named in the sedition complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) concerning the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series.

Because of this, the three lawyers of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) filed a counter-complaint accusing PNP-CIDG National Capital Region head Lt. Col. Arnold Thomas Ibay and Advincula of perjury and offering a false testimony for filing the sedition complaint using the testimony of Advincula.

“Thus, whether the undersigned statements in the aforesaid Affidavit-Complaint were all assertions of falsehood, and was done with deliberate intent to lie, is a matter of defense which the herein complainants should disprove by presenting their evidence to the contrary before the Special Panel of Prosecutors,” Advincula stated in his counter-affidavit.

In their complaint, the FLAG lawyers pointed out that it was only Te who met Advincula contrary to the claims of Bikoy that all three met with him along with several others at the Ateneo de Manila University last March 4 in crafting a destabilization plot against President Rodrigo Duterte by creating the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series.

Te said he met Advincula only once on May 4 and not on May 2 as Advincula alleged.

Te said he was asked if he could lawyer for Advincula who claimed at that time as having knowledge of the drug activities of Duterte family members.

“After the termination of the interview, I made known my reservation as to his lack of credibility to our National Chairperson, Atty. Jose Manuel I. Diokno, who was then running a seat in the Philippine Senate. We agreed that FLAG would not represent or assist Mr. Advincula and that, if they agreed, FLAG would refer the request to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines National Committee on Legal Aid, subject to their own assessment of his credibility,” Te stated.

On the other hand, Tanada and Diokno admitted being at the Ateneo de Manila Unversity (ADMU) on March 4 but not to meet with Advincula and other respondents to plot against President Rodrigo Duterte as Bikoy claimed.

Tanada and Diokno said “we were there to attend a Senatorial Candidates Forum organized by Rappler and the Political Science Department of Ateneo de Manila University.”

“Right after the Forum, we immediately left the Ateneo campus to attend to other engagements,” they added.

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