Letters from Davao: Awaiting Advincula’s whodunit revelation

By Jun Ledesma

Peter J Advincula is a conman. In fact he is no ordinary conman and given his litany of criminal cases that should make him an extraordinary recidivist. Looks like he had been in and out of jail and he eluded numerous other complaints against him. That should make him a prime target for law enforcers but at the same time a good catch for politicians with dubious agenda. They can make use of him in exchange for a mantle of protection and on the sideline make a lot of moolah. This brings to mind how Senators Antonio Trillanes and Leila De Lima extended self-confessed killer Edgar Matobato a shroud of protection at the height of Senate’s investigation of the tale of extra-judicial killings carried out by the mythical Davao Death Squad.

Advincula felt short-changed. For acting as the hooded Bikoy the whistle blower who regaled the public with episodes of “Ang Totoong Narco List” at the height of the midterm elections, he was promised P500-thousand pesos as talent fee. But the sinister plot did not work. The black propaganda designed to denigrate President Rodrigo Duterte and his family, including the 14 year old Veronica, failed miserably in winning votes for the Liberal Party Otso Deretso senatorial slate. In fact they lost miserably. Bikoy’s handlers disappeared, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines which accorded him a venue for a presscon retracted from its offer to extend him legal assistance. The conman was dropped like a hot potato. He wanted to retaliate. He is determined to open the can of worms which he had, for sometime, sealed.

His revelations in that press conference in Camp Crame created an interesting matrix that could make an excellent material for a whodunit movie. Advincula casually dropped the name of Fr. Bert Alejo, a Jesuit who used to reside in a Jesuit house in Ateneo de Davao University. Known to Davao media as Pareng Bert, he was involved in controversies inside Ateneo campus, the plight and human rights of the Indigenous Peoples or Lumads. Only a white band that snuggly tucked his collar is what identifies him as a priest. Almost always he dons a lumad attire.

Some years back Pareng Bert put up “Ehemm”, a crusade, so it portends, to fight corruption. He figured prominently in ousting Customs Collector Anju Castigador, whose collection performance was never equalled to date. Court decisions that favored the official were reversed and only when it reached the Supreme Court that Castigador found relief. A Regional Trial Court judge was later stripped of judgeship and benefits. But that is another story. The last time I saw Pareng Bert, he was frolicking in the snows of Oslo. I didn’t know that he was liaising for whistle blowers-for-hire as Advincula described himself and Matobato. The missing piece on how Trillanes and detained Sen. Leila De Lima plucked Matobato from nowhere in that EJK senate probe is finally unearthed.

Advincula casually named Alejo as the person who brought him to Trillanes whom he identified as “Stella” in the Project Sodoma. Bikoy episodes are part of Project Sodoma, a plot that made use of vicious black propaganda to discredit Duterte as an endorser of HnP and PDP-LABAN Senate slate with a wishful goal to win votes for Otso Deretso bets. Ultimately the plot will proceed to oust President Duterte, install VP Leni Robredo President and Trillanes as Vice President.

Trillanes admission that he met some priests added spice to the Bickoy’s parlay with the opposition. De Lima’s surprising statement defending Fr. Alejo makes the entire narrative curiouser and curiouser. It also added new twists on the almost forgotten quest on how the self-confessed killer Matobato ended up in the protective custody of Senator Trillanes and De Lima. They fabricated stories about EJK in the case of Matobato, while Bickoy the fable of “Ang Totoong Narco List”.

Senator-elect Christopher “Bong” Go who was mentioned in Bikoy’s “Tutoong Narcolist” hinted that he might summon out-going Senator Trillanes to shed light on Advincula’s continuing saga as a whistle blower.

We await with bated breath the presence of Trillanes, De Lima, Fray Alejo and some priests which both Bikoy and “Stella” admitted were involved in the Project Sodoma caper. Advincula need not use an alias in this Whodunit episode that will surely and excitingly unravel the complex plot behind the EJK probe and “Ang Tutoong Narco List”.

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