Integrated Bar of the Philippines National Center for Legal Aid declines Peter Joemel Advincula’s request for legal assistance. Advincula had claimed to be Bikoy in the controversial videos that circulated online. | via @mikenavallo pic.twitter.com/hRn8wXYgau
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MANILA (UPDATE) – The Integrated Bar of the Philippines rejected Wednesday the request for legal aid of a man who introduced himself as "Bikoy", a hooded figure who linked President Rodrigo Duterte's family to the narcotics trade in several viral videos.
In a press conference at the IBP on Monday a certain Peter Joemel Advincula introduced himself as Bikoy, who claimed drug money was funneled into the bank accounts of Duterte's son former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, his son-in-law Atty. Manases Carpio, and former aide Christopher Go.
The IBP gives free legal aid to those who cannot afford private lawyers and whose allegations have basis, its incoming president, Domingo Cayosa earlier said.
The organization rejected Advincula's request after a thorough evaluation of his application by the National Center for Legal Aid, IBP President Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo said in a statement.
"In the pursuit of its mandate to provide access to justice to the poor and the marginalized, the IBP cannot be seen to be siding with or going against any candidate or political party," said Fajardo.
Go is running for senator while the younger Duterte is seeking a return as vice mayor.
Rodel Jaymen, creator of a website that shared the the viral videos titled "Ang Totoong Narco-list", said he was hired by supporters of the Liberal Party, which it denied.
Advincula said he has no links to any political party or the LP-backed opposition senatorial slate Otso Diretso.
In 2016, Advincula also tried to link then President Benigno Aquino and several other officials to a supposed "Quadrangle" drug syndicate, Senate President Vicente Sotto said Wednesday.
A Senate investigation that was supposed to look into Advincula's claims this Friday was canceled following Sotto's statement.