Once a fugitive, Bikoy turns himself in to police for protection

Rambo Talabong
Once a fugitive, Bikoy turns himself in to police for protection
CIDG chief Major General Amador Corpus says they have reason to believe the life of Peter Joemel Advincula, the man known as Bikoy, is threatened

MANILA, Philippines – Once a man in hiding, Peter Joemel Advincula, the man known as Bikoy, has turned himself in to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to get protection.

Speaking to reporters in a briefing on Monday, June 3, police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief Major General Amador Corpus said Advincula surrendered himself last Monday, May 27. (TIMELINE: The ‘Bikoy’ controversy)

“He is now under protective custody,” Corpus said, explaining that they have reason to believe Advincula’s life is threatened.

Advincula first received threats to his life after releasing the viral video series Ang Totoong Narcolist in April, accusing presidential aide-turned-senator-elect Bong Go, presidential son Paolo Duterte, presidential son-in-law Manases Carpio, and presidential partner Honeylet Avanceña of receiving millions from a Bicol-based drug syndicate.

He said he was placed under the protection of members of the “religious sector” before and after the clips were published.

On May 23, he recanted all his accusations, singing the new narrative that he was used by opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV and the Liberal Party to discredit the administration in time for the 2019 elections. He was allegedly promised P500,000, but he supposedly never received the money.

Advincula turned around in a press briefing hosted by the PNP, which before that had called him an “information peddler.” (READ: After calling him a liar, PNP hosts Bikoy’s press briefing)

Corpus stressed that Advincula staying with the police does not mean he is already off the hook. He remains under investigation. Protective custody also means that Bikoy will follow the PNP’s decision on where he will stay.

The CIDG chief said Advincula has so far submitted his cellphone, where he kept communications with his alleged handlers. Police have also commenced investigation into the claims he made at the May 27 press briefing. So far, Corpus said, they have sent letters to the schools mentioned by Advincula as areas of supposed ouster plot meetings, requesting for copies of CCTV clips. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.