Credit to Author: mfrialde| Date: Fri, 10 May 2019 03:30:18 +0000
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police – Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has started its hunt for Peter Joemel Advincula, who earlier claimed to be “Bikoy” in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” (The True Narcolist) video series.
“Yes, [and] we urge the public to report to authorities any information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect,” PNP spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac said in a text message to INQUIRER.net, when asked to confirm if the PNP is now hunting down Advincula.
According to Banac, the CIDG has started its manhunt operation against Advincula based on his standing arrest warrants for estafa issued by the Municipal Trial Court of La Trinidad, Benguet in September 2007 and for large-scale illegal recruitment issued by a Baguio City court in August 2007.
Banac said the CIDG has already secured copies of both warrants.
The video series have linked close allies and relatives of President Rodrigo Duterte to the illegal drug trade.
Aside from his standing warrants of arrest, the PNP earlier said Advincula, a former seminarian, was also jailed for a separate large-scale illegal recruitment case in 2012 and was released in 2016.
The Senate was supposed to conduct a hearing on Friday to probe Advincula’s allegations but Senator Panfilo Lacson scrapped it after learning from Senate President Vicente Sotto III that Advincula had also previously linked officials of the administration of then President Benigno Aquino III to illegal drugs. /muf
More details to follow.