Ex-IBP exec doubts group clueless about Bikoy’s press con: Pinaghandaan ‘yan!
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) may have been already aware that Peter Joemel Advincula was seeking its legal assistance, said former IBP national president Vicente Joyas.
Joyas disagreed with the claims of the IBP that it did not know Advincula called for a press conference at the IBP head office in Pasig City last May 6 where he revealed that he is Bikoy in the viral videos “Ang Totoong Narcolist.”
“It was not sudden as they claimed because there were already media people when Advincula arrived,” Joyas said.
“It was obviously arranged,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, the IBP turned down the request of Advincula to be provided legal assistance in filing charges against members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s family and former aide, senatorial candidate Christopher “Bong” Go, for their alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade.
“The Integrated Bar of the Philippines through its National Center for Legal Aid (NCLA) is declining the request for free legal assistance made by Peter Joemel Advincula (Bikoy),” said IBP President Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo in a statement.
“In the pursuit of its mandate to provide access to justice to the poor and the marginalized, the IBP cannot be seen to be siding with or going against any candidate or political party,” Fajardo stated.
The videos feature self-confessed former drug syndicate member named Bikoy who claimed has personal knowledge that several members of the Duterte family and Go are engaged in the illegal drugs trade.