Kakanlungin ba? DOJ to evaluate if Bikoy deserves to be in witness protection progam
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the Department of Justice (DOJ) will conduct an evaluation whether to accept or not Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy under the Witness Protection Program (WPP).
“He must meet all the legal requirements for WPP provisional coverage,” he said.
Just last August 5, lawyer Larry Gadon filed on his behalf of his client, Advincula, the application for the WPP.
“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 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).
In its complaint, the PNP-CIDG accused at 36 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.