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Senate President Vicente Sotto III hopes the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has learned a lesson in dealing with potential clients after he exposed self proclaimed whistleblower Peter Joemel Advincula as a fraud.

In a press conference at the Senate Wednesday (May 8), Sotto presented the affidavit that Advincula made in 2016 linking former President Benigno Aquino III and his top officials to the illegal drug trade.

Advincula’s affidavit, which he submitted to Sotto while he was in jail, bears striking similarities to his allegations against Duterte as “Bikoy,” the whistleblower in the video series, “Ang Totoong Narco List.”

Sotto said he ignored Advincula’s affidavit after he verified the information it contains are false. He said the controversy generated by the ex-convict’s sudden appearance should serve as a lesson to the IBP.

“This is a very good lesson to the IBP [Integrated Bar of the Philippines]. Bago tanggapin you must vet first,” he said.

Advincula held a press conference at the IBP headquarters in Pasig City on Monday (May 6) claiming he is Bikoy. He also stood by the allegation that members of Duterte’s family are involved in the illegal drug trade.

The estafa convict said he approached the IBP for legal aid. At the time of his press conference, the lawyers’ group said it has not yet accepted Advincula as a client.

Sotto welcomed the news on the IBP’s announcement that it has refused Advincula’s request for legal assistance.

That’s good news because apparently nung unang araw kasi may mga myebro silang pumatol. It’s good they realized na he is not worth it at all. It might ruin the name of IBP,” he said.

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