Philippines Report

‘Bikoy’ rushed to PNP hospital a day after reversing drug tale


Peter Joemel Advincula, known as “Bikoy”, was rushed to the hospital a day after retracting his claim that the Duterte family is involved in illegal drug trade.

Advincula led a press briefing on Thursday morning at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. A day later, reports say he was rushed to the PNP General Hospital after his blood pressure shot up.

P/Gen. Oscar Albayalde, PNP chief, said Advincula's blood pressure reached 130/90, with doctors putting him under observation.

Advincula faced the media on Thursday, saying allegations he made in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos were all false and were simply orchestrated by the Liberal Party, under the supervision of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, to discredit the Duterte administration.

Trillanes and members of the opposition, including Vice President Leni Robredo, have denied Advincula's newest claims.

Advincula turned himself in on Wednesday as he faces two warrants of arrest for estafa and large-scale illegal recruitment. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines earlier denied his request for legal aid.

His family is now working to settle the bail for estafa charges, but police said Advincula has requested to remain in custody amid supposed threats to his life.

On Friday morning, Justice Undersecretary and Spokesperson Markk Perete said they are calling on Advincula to cooperate with a probe of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) into the five-part “Bikoy” videos.

“Even before, ‘yung unang mga allegations niya, ang panawagan namin noon ay for him to participate sainvestigation ng NBI. We reiterate that call considering nagbago siya ng kwento,” Perete told CNN Philippines' Newsroom Ngayon.

[Translation: Even before for his original allegations, we were calling for him to participate in the NBI investigation. We reiterate that call considering he has a new version of the story.]

“We could only determine kung ano yung dapat na kaso sa kanya or sa ibang mga tao based on the evidence that he will present,” Perete added.

Perete also said that it is still “possible” to charge Advincula with inciting to sedition – similar to the case filed against video sharer Rodel Jayme – given the content of the videos where he appeared in as a hooded whistleblower.


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