No free legal assistance for ‘Bikoy’: IBP

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) announced on May 8 that it has denied the request of Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy for free legal assistance.

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

Fajardo said Advincula came to the IBP NCLA to request 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.

“The NCLA has determined that Mr. Advincula may not be provided free legal assistance based on the standards provided for in the NCLA Manual of Operations in approving such requests,” Fajardo said.

Fajardo added that in the pursuit of IBP’s mandate to provide access to justice to the poor and the marginalized, the IBP cannot be seen to be siding with or going against any candidate or political party.