The “Ang Totoong Narco List” exposé was first offered to President Rodrigo Duterte’s camp, but with former President Benigno Aquino III and his top officials as targets of the demolition job.
A Politiko source said Peter Joemel Advincula, who claimed to be the whistleblower “Bikoy” featured in “Ang Totoong Narco List” videos, approached a top police official from Bicol in 2016 with a stack of bank documents detailing the supposed deposits of drug-related kickbacks to Aquino, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, and former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
Advincula asked for a seven-figure fee to go public with his exposé against Aquino and his allies.
Politiko’s source said the plice official ignored Advincula’s supposed exposé because he discovered the bank records to be bogus.
The police official also had serious doubts about Advincula’s credibility because he was convicted of estafa and spent years in jail.
Three years later, the police official felt a sense of deja vu on Monday (May 6) when Advincula faced the media to link Duterte’s family and former aide to the illegal drug trade.
Bikoy accused the President’s son Paolo, his son-in-law Manases Carpio, daughter Kitty and former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go of getting kickbacks from the illegal drug trade in the video series, “Ang Totoong Narco List.”
Politiko’s source said a common thread in Advincula’s shakedown plans was his allegation that Misibis Bay owner Zaldy Co was a drug lord.
Advincula didn’t take questions from the media after reading a prepared statement, hastily leaving the venue where he held a press conference at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines’ Pasig office.
An article posted on ABS-CBN News Online on November 28, 2012 named Advincula as “Naga City’s most wanted” who was facing charges of theft, large scale estafa and illegal recruitment in the Bicol region.
Advincula claimed in his statement that he sought to start a new life after being released from jail in 2016 and leaving the drug syndicate he claimed to be working for.
Online anecdotes, however, run counter to his claim.
Last year, netizen Jem Honghong posted on Facebook a warning against dealing with Advincula, whom she called a “scammer, swindler, estapador, budol-budol.”
“BABALA !!! Siya po si Peter Joemel Advincula. Ang eksperto sa panloloko, panggagantso at panlalamang sa kapwa tao! Ako po ang mismong biktima! Pakikalat po ang post na ito,” Honghong wrote.