Sun Star Bacolod - - Opinion -


HERE has been much ado cre­ated over Bikoy and his “Ang To­toong Nar­col­ist” videos be­fore the midterm elec­tions not only be­cause of its time­li­ness, but more so be­cause it was in­tended to hu­mil­i­ate Pres­i­dent Duterte and his fam­ily and dis­credit his ac­com­plish­ments that has sus­tained his pop­u­lar­ity.

Over­all, it was a cowardly ploy as it in­volved a young and in­no­cent mem­ber of the fam­ily.

If one looks at the video keenly, the Machi­avel­lian plot can only come from de­vi­ous peo­ple who are well heeled, in po­si­tion of power, overly irate and whose ul­ti­mate goal at this point in time is to make Duterte a lame duck pres­i­dent by creat­ing a stigma that even the much talked about prospect of his daugh­ter, Sara, suc­ceed­ing him in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion of 2022 will fiz­zle out.

That one Peter Joemel Ad­vin­cula, a for­mer con­vict fac­ing estafa and il­le­gal re­cruit­ment charges, sur­ren­dered to seek po­lice cus­tody only showed how scared he is and that con­fess­ing the truth is the only way he can be saved from be­ing si­lenced for­ever.

Re­al­iz­ing that there was a man­hunt for him af­ter a war­rant for his ar­rest was is­sued and re­al­iz­ing fur­ther that his Bikoy videos did not make a dent against Duterte’s sen­a­to­rial bets, he sim­ply fol­lowed his sur­vival in­stincts that the best way to con­tinue liv­ing is to sur­face and redeem what­ever is left that is re­deemable in him un­der po­lice cus­tody.

Af­ter the re­sound­ing de­feat of the Lib­eral Party’s Otso Diretso can­di­dates, who were sup­pose to be the di­rect ben­e­fi­ciary of the con­tro­ver­sial videos, Ad­vin­cula re­al­ized too that he was dam­aged goods–use­less and in­ef­fec­tive for the po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests that he was be­ing ex­ploited for.

It was noth­ing short of mis­cal­cu­la­tion for the con­spir­a­tors who hatched the vi­cious sto­ry­line in the videos. They were not smart enough to pre­vent the ex­po­sure of Bikoy’s true iden­tity, but the lat­ter in­stead is now poised to iden­tify who the malev­o­lent peo­ple are be­hind the Bikoy videos.

There is a need there­fore for an in-depth in­ves­ti­ga­tion prob­ing into the sin­is­ter Bikoy videos. Ad­vin­cula, the self­con­fessed Bikoy, sim­ply does not have the mo­ti­va­tion for go­ing af­ter the Dutertes con­sid­er­ing who he is, a felon, but it is his be­ing a felon that made him a per­fect cat­a­lyst for the plot­ters to ful­fill their evil de­sires against the Dutertes.

The bur­den of proof now is on Ad­vin­cula. The only way he could redeem him­self is to come out with ir­refutable ev­i­dence that would show who, where, why and what made him Bikoy in the videos. Un­less he does this, Bikoy’s goose is cooked./je­sus


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