IBP denies ‘Bikoy’s’ request for legal assistance

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The Integrated Bar of the Philippines on Wednesday denied the request for legal assistance of Peter Joemel Advincula a.k.a. ‘Bikoy’ who implicated President Duterte and his family in the illegal drugs trade through series of Youtube videos.

In a statement, the IBP through its National Center for Legal Aid (NCLA) disclosed that Advincula’s application, while it was processed just like any other request, was denied after it was evaluated.

“His application was duly processed just like any other request received by the NCLA,” the IBP said, stressing the denial was pursuant to NCLA’s Manual of Operations.

“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,” the IBP said.

Advincula disclosed that he sought legal assistance from the IBP to sue members of the drug syndicates led by former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and former presidential assistant Bong Go, and to deny his supposed ties with the opposition Liberal Party as well.

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