Trillanes bares Bikoy texts disputing ouster plot claims

Rambo Talabong
Trillanes bares Bikoy texts disputing ouster plot claims
The texts show Peter Joemel Advincula, the flip-flopping Bikoy, apparently insisting on shooting the Ang Totoong Narco List videos as soon as possible, and asking for rent and transportation allowances

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday, June 11, released text messages supposedly sent by Peter Joemel Advincula, the controversial man known as the flip-flopping Bikoy, pushing for the production of the viral Ang Totoong Narco List videos.

Dito natin nakikita, again wala kang makikitang ouster plot diyan. Wala kang makikitang sinasabihan siya ng script ng sinuman (You will see here that there is no ouster plot. You will not see anyone telling him to say anything),” Trillanes said in a Senate press conference.

In his press conference, Trillanes showed that Advincula apparently sent text messages to members of the “religious sector” as early as August 2018, claiming to hold “important” information that he wanted released to the public.

'IMPORTANT INFORMATION.' Bikoy texts a supposed priest in August 2018 for the Ang Totoong Narco List videos. Photo from Trillanes' office

This was apparently a reference to his claims in the viral videos uploaded online in April, accusing people close to President Rodrigo Duterte of receiving millions of pesos in drug money from a supposed drug syndicate. On May 22, Advincula surrendered to police then recanted his claims, pointing his finger at the opposition Liberal Party (LP) and Trillanes as the brains behind his videos.

 “Padre kunan mo na aku ng video para may marecord ka ng testimonya ko! Yung sa maghintay kaya ko yun padre! peru yung sisihin palagi aku yun ang di ko kaya padre! planu ko ng tapusin ang buhay ko! Ang sakit sakit na ng ulo ko!” Advincula supposedly said in a text message on August 26, 2018.

(Father, take my video testimony! I can wait, but blaming me, that’s what I cannot take, father! I plan on ending my life! My head aches so much!)

URGENCY. Bikoy supposedly asks the priest to begin the production of the Ang Totoong Narco List videos. Photo from Trillanes' office

RISK FOR LIFE. The man believed to be Bikoy says he is willing to sacrifice his life in speaking out against Duterte. Photo from Trillanes' office.

The next day, Advincula allegedly sent a text saying that he needed P16,700 to compensate for transportation and renting expenses.

In a later text message that was undated in Trillanes’ presentation, Advincula apparently hinted that he was waiting for support from Trillanes for his videos. But Trillanes supposedly did not give him any. (PODCAST: Sino si Bikoy at dapat ba siyang paniwalaan?)

Padre tumulong sa hindi si trillanes itutuloy ko ito! naumpisahan ko na 2 tatapusin ko ito! kahit utangin man d2 buhay ko! (Father, whether Trillanes helps or not, I will do this! I have started and I will finish it! Even if my life is on the line!)” he said.

For Trillanes, the texts only showed that the claims against Duterte came from Advincula all along. (READ: PNP dismisses Bikoy as ‘information peddler’)

NO TRILLANES, NO PROBLEM. Bikoy allegedly says he will continue with releasing the Ang Totoong Narco List videos even without Trillanes' help. Photo from Trillanes' office.

Makikita niyo yung tema ha, siya ‘yung nangungulit dun sa mga nagkukupkop sa kanya. Kabaligtaran yan dun sa kanyang alegasyon na ito ay sinusubo sa kanya (You will see the theme here. He is the one who bugs those who keep him. It’s the opposite of his allegation that he was fed information),” Trillanes said.

Trillanes then showed a notarized affidavit which appeared to be signed by Advincula on May 6, where he had sworn that he stood by his claims in the viral videos. According to Trillanes, they will use the affidavit should the police or other government departments use Advincula as a witness.

Sapat na sa ngayon ang sabihin ko na totoo lahat ang mga sinabi ko doon sa video na pinamagatang ‘Ang Totoong Narco List’ pati na rin ang mga dokumentong ipinakita ko doon at handa akong humarap sa publiko at sa hukuman upang patotohanan ang nilalaman ng salaysay kong ito,” Advincula said in the affidavit.

(I think it suffices that I say that all I said in the Ang Totoong Narco List videos, also the videos I showed there are true, and I am ready to face the public and the courts to prove the contents of my statement.) 

As of June 11, Advincula sleeps under the watch of cops in the guarded police headquarters Camp Crame, afraid to stand in public for repeated change of tune.

NOTARIZED AFFIDAVIT. Trillanes shares an excerpt of a notarized sworn statement by Bikoy standing by his claims in the Ang Totoong Narco List videos. Photo from Trillanes' office.


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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.