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Bikoy in ‘narcolist’ video a no-show at DoJ

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PETER JOEMEL Advincula, the man claiming to be “Bikoy” in the controversial “Ang Totoong Narcolist” (The Real Narcolist) series of videos, did not appear in Tuesday’s preliminary investigation of the estafa complaint filed against him in connection with a beauty pageant he organized in Aug. 2018. The case was filed before the Department of Justice (DoJ) last May 10. Former Bureau of Corrections Director-General Benjamin C. Delos Santos, legal counsel of complainant businessman Arven E. Valmores of Ardeur World Marketing, said the complaint was received in the last known address of Mr. Advincula in Sorsogon. The next preliminary investigation is set on June 4. While a defendant is given 15 days to file an answer to the complaint, Mr. Delos Santos said the prosecution “will be forced” to submit the complaint for resolution if Mr. Advincula will not attend the next investigation. The case stemmed from the complaint filed by Mr. Valmores alleging that Mr. Advincula used his corporate name and logo, without his consent, to promote the beauty pageant. The business owner said “Bikoy” did not attend the coronation night and was unreachable, leaving the winners and staff unpaid. Mr. Valmores said he was compelled to shell out P304,422 to pay the winners and staff due to pressure and possible negative impact on his business. Mr. Advincula on May 22 surrendered to the Philippine National Police over his estafa charges but reportedly posted bail at a Baguio Regional Trial Court where his cases were filed. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas

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