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IBP to investigate 'Bikoy' press conference

MANILA, Philippines – The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) will conduct a formal investigation into the controversial press conference of Peter Joemel Advincula or "Bikoy," which was held at its headquarters.

The Kabalikat party had filed a disbarment complaint against IBP officials for allegedly "counseling" Advincula to "commit sedition" by allowing him to use the IBP's facilities without any charge. (READ: Bikoy 'entitled to due process' to prove claims, says Otso Diretso)

In a statement on Monday, May 13, IBP executive vice president and president-elect Domingo Egon Cayosa said their Board of Governors will investigate to "determine responsibility and accountability" as well as "take remedial measures." (READ: TIMELINE: The 'Bikoy' controversy)

"Be assured that we will responsibly do our job as elected leaders of the organization and we will safeguard the interests and integrity of IBP," he added.

Solicitor General Jose Calida had also called for outgoing IBP president Abdiel Dan Fajardo to resign over the issue.

Advincula had released a series of videos linking President Rodrigo Duterte and his family to the drug trade.

In Advincula's press conference at the IBP held last May 6, he asked the IBP to help him sue members of Duterte's family and longtime presidential aide turned senatorial candidate Bong Go.

On May 8, however, the IBP declined Advincula's request for legal aid.

Senator Panfilo Lacson also scrapped a planned Senate committee hearing on Advincula's allegations. (READ: Malacañang dismisses 'Totoong Narco List' video as black propaganda– Rappler.com