IBP rejects 'Bikoy' plea for free representation & legal services

IBP rejects 'Bikoy' plea for free representation & legal services

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has declined the request of Peter Joemel Advincula aka “Bikoy” for free legal assistance.
"The decision was reached after a thorough evaluation of his application was conducted by the NCLA (National Center for Legal Aid)," said IBP president Abdiel Elijah S. Fajardo in a statement.
He said the decision was made "based on the standards provided for in the NCLA Manual of Operations in approving such requests".

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"However, communications and documents submitted during consultation shall remain privileged and confidential," Fajardo said.
The IBP leadership explained that since its mandate is to provide access to justice for the poor and the marginalized, it cannot be seen to be siding with or going against any candidate or political party.
Advincula surfaced earlier this week in the office of the IBP and held a press conference there admitting he is “Bikoy” the hooded man in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series implicating the President and his immediate families and aide in the illegal drug trade.
Advincula had asked the IBP for free legal assistance and representation in the filing of charges against certain individuals, including candidates for elective positions, because of their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.
"His application was duly processed just like any other request by the NCLA," the IBP explained.

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Report from PNA

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