MANILA -- A man who claimed responsibility for viral videos linking the family of President Rodrigo Duterte to the narcotics trade may face new estafa cases, the National Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday.
A certain Peter Joemel Advincula said Monday that he was "Bikoy", a hooded figure in the videos who claimed that he kept financial records for the drug ring that supposedly gave payoffs to the Duterte family.
An initial record check showed illegal recruitment and estafa cases were lodged against Advincula, said NBI Cybercrime Division chief Victor Lorenzo.
Authorities were checking the status of these cases, he told radio DZMM.
"May tumatawag din sa amin na willing silang mag-file ng case for estafa against him," added the official.
(There are also people calling us, saying they were willing to file estafa cases against him.)
Advincula earlier said he was sued for estafa in 2012 and given a 6-year jail sentence in connection with documents he signed in his previous work. He said he was freed in 2016 for good behavior.
NO SURPRISE WITH ADVINCULA SURFACING
The "Totoong Narco-list" videos 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.
Advincula surfaced just days after the arrest of Rodel Jayme, who admitted to creating a website that hosted the Totoong Narco-list videos.
A forensic investigation of Jayme's computer showed his online conversations with someone who urged him to leave the country, saying "Bikoy" was about to surface before the media, said NBI's Lorenzo.
"Very insistent kasi iyung nanggagaling sa kausap niya na umalis ka na. Mayroon pa ngang conversation doon na umalis ka na, lalabas naman na si Bikoy. We expected talaga na lalabas iyung Bikoy," he said.
(The person he was talking to was very insistent in saying that he should leave. There's even a conversation there saying, 'Leave, Bikoy is coming out anyway.' We expected that Bikoy would surface.)
Lorenzo urged Bikoy to coordinate with the NBI.
"As part of due process, sana mag-appear s'ya sa amin para matanong din namin kung ano ang actual participation niya and if he could substantiate his allegation," he said.
(We hope he would appear before us so we could ask him about his actual partcipation niya and if he could substantiate his allegation.)
The NBI is also investigating other blog sites like ChangeScamming and Pinoy Ako blog over the issue, Lorenzo said, without providing additional details on their possible role.
The Senate will investigate Advincula's claims on Friday.