Integrated Bar of the Philippines denies ‘Bikoy’s’ request for legal assistance

Integrated Bar of the Philippines denies ‘Bikoy’s’ request for legal assistance

- The Integrated Bar of the Philippines rejected the request of “Bikoy” for legal help

- They said that their decision was based in the NCLA Manual of Operations

- IBP incoming president noted that their institution should not be used in any political agenda

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The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) denied the request of Peter Joemel Advincula or “Bikoy” for free legal assistance. KAMI learned from the CNN Philippines that the IBP has released its official statement regarding this matter.

“The Integrated Bar of the Philippines through its National Center for Legal Aid (NCLA) is declining the request for free legal assistance made by Peter Joemel Advincula (Bikoy),” it said in the statement.

IBP noted that their decision was based on the standards given in the NCLA Manual of Operations.

The institution added that they cannot be biased and side with or oppose any political candidate or party.

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As reported by the GMA News Online (author Anna Felicia Bajo), the incoming president of the IBP said that their institution should not be used for any political agenda.

"Hindi pa ho tapos ang assessment, aba eh ginamit na ho ang aming tanggapan para mag-press conference. Sa tingin ho namin hindi ho tama 'yun. Bawal gamitin ang IBP sa anumang pamumulitika o pang-aapi ng kahit sino man," Attorney Domingo Cayosa said.

As previously reported by KAMI, Bikoy finally revealed his identity to the media. He was the one behind the “Ang Totoong Narco List” videos that linked the Duterte family and President Rodrigo Duterte’s close allies to the drug trade.

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