MANILA - The Davao chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines criticized Tuesday its national leadership for allowing itself to be used as a "staging area" for the press conference of Peter Joemel Advincula, the self-confessed "Bikoy" in a series of anti-Duterte videos.
"The IBP Davao City Chapter does not and will not tolerate any statements from the present leadership of the IBP National that will result in politicizing the organization," the chapter said in a statement.
The chapter said it is neither privy nor does it support the "Bikoy's show".
"It does not reflect the sentiment of the membership of the chapter as an organization," it stated.
On Monday, Peter Joemel Advincula, or the hooded figure in the viral videos, introduced himself as "Bikoy" during a press conference at the IBP.
Advincula is seeking free legal assistance from the IBP. He said he needed a lawyer to submit his sworn statement and help him file cases against members of the syndicate.
"While the IBP Davao City Chapter respects the IBP National in representing its membership on some national issues, however Bikoy does not deserve the Chapter's support since the IBP is a non-partisan organization not established to cater to political interests," the chapter's statement said.
Advincula surfaced days after the arrest of Rodel Jayme, who admitted to creating a website that hosted the Totoong Narco-list videos.
YouTube clips titled "Totoong Narco-list" claimed drug money was funneled into the bank accounts of President Rodrigo Duterte's son Paolo, son-in-law Atty. Manases Carpio, and former aide Christopher Go.
The IBP earlier said that Advincula still needs to undergo vetting before he is given free legal assistance.