PNP begins Bikoy probe vs Trillanes, LP members
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) already has an active investigation against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and members of the opposition Liberal Party (LP) after Peter Joemel Advincula or Bikoy flip-flopped and accused them of organizing an alleged ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a Camp Crame press briefing on Monday, May 27, PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde confirmed that the powerful Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) already has an active case folder against people named by Advincula in his latest statements.
"We're preparing for that (Bikoy's claims). We have a dedicated team from the CIDG," Albayalde said. (TIMELINE: The 'Bikoy' controversy)
Last Wednesday, May 22, Advincula turned himself over to cops after he posted viral videos accusing longtime presidential aide and senator-elect Bong Go, presidential son Paolo Duterte, presidential son-in-law Maneses Carpio, and presidential partner Honeylet Avanceña of accepting millions in drug money from a Bicol-based drug syndicate.
In a press conference on Thursday hosted by the PNP, Advincula took it all back, saying that he only read out a script allegedly prepared by Trillanes and LP members in a supposed attempt to sabotage the chances of senatorial administration bets in the 2019 polls. The videos appeared to have no effect in the polls as administration bets swept the senatorial seats, leaving all opposition candidates out of the winners' circle.
Trillanes and the LP have vehemently denied Advincula's claims.
In an interview after Advincula's briefing, Albayalde said cases of inciting to sedition can be filed against Trillanes and LP members. He said, however, that Advincula has not yet given them a revised sworn statement or any evidence to boost their probe. Albayalde said the CIDG remains in contact with Advincula's family for follow-ups.
How will the PNP vet Advincula despite his history of flip-flopping? Albayalde said they will investigate "all his claims" before any cases are filed.
Albayalde himself previously belittled Advincula as an "information peddler", when the self-styled whistle-blower still claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte’s relatives were involved in the illegal drug trade.
Ever since his surrender, Bikoy has posted bail through his lawyer in Baguio and was set free temporarily on Saturday. He is still set to face 6 counts of estafa. – Rappler.com