OPINION: The problem with lying

Ellen T. Tordesillas

Posted at Aug 05 2019 04:27 PM

The problem when one concocts a story and puts details to impress is that, when he repeats it, there’s the chance that he will mix up or forget some of the details. That is what is happening to Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy.

There are four affidavits of Advincula that have been made public, including the December 2016 document that he allegedly gave to Senate President Tito Sotto implicating detained Sen. Leila
de Lima in the drug syndicate.

The three affidavits – May 6, 2016 executed at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the May 29, 2019 done at the Philippine National Police – Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), and the July 17 which he submitted to the Department of Justice - are related to what he alleged as the plot to oust Duterte by the opposition. 

These affidavits are the basis for the sedition complaint filed by the PNP-CIDG against 38 persons led by Vice President Leni Robredo, former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, , seven members of the religious community, seven of the eight (Mar Roxas is not included) senatorial candidates of the opposition in the last May elections.

Advincula, who will be the PNP’s star witness, is included among those charged. So is dismissed police officer Senior Superintendent Eduardo Acierto, who was allegedly involved in the
drug smuggling through magnetic filters in 2018.

ABS-CBN has spotted some inconsistencies in Advincula’s affidavits. One is the number of meetings he had with Trillanes. In the CIDG affidavit, he mentioned seven times--August 29,
2018; February 9, 2019; February 22, 2019; March 6, 2019 morning; March 6, 2019 evening; May 5, 2019 and May 9, 2019.
In the DOJ affidavit, he mentioned only four meetings: August 29, 2018; October 11, 2018; February 9, 2019; and February 22, 2019.

Trillanes said he was in the United States on Feb. 9, 2019. The common narrative in both the CIDG and the DOJ affidavits is the “Strategic Plan” against Duterte and then-senatorial candidate Bong Go which consisted of three activities: first is a press
conference by three priests--Fr. Bert Alejo, Fr. Flavie Villanueva, and Fr. Robert Reyes--about the threats they have been receiving which took place on March 11, 2019; second is the press
conference of Acierto on March 25, 2019 linking Go with presidential economic adviser Michael Yang, who, Acierto said, is linked to a drug syndicate; and third, the release of the “Ang
Totoong Narcolist” video series.

Acierto’s March 25 press conference with selected media, however, did not support Advincula’s narration because there was no mention of Go. He just said that he had reported the illegal drugs-
related activities of Yang to Duterte, who defended the Davao-based Chinese businessman and instead released a dossier linking Acierto to the illegal drug trade.

This is the person whose stories the PNP is clutching on to destroy those who criticize Duterte.

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(Editor's note: Ms. Ellen Tordesillas is a veteran journalist. She is president of VERA Files, verafiles.org, an independent media organization of veteran Filipino journalists who take a deeper look into current Philippine issues. She also writes for malaya.com.ph and other news organizations.)

Blog: www.ellentordesillas.com
Email: ellentordesillas@gmail.com

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