Bishop David admitted meeting with Peter Joemel Advincula

In a Facebook post, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David admitted that he met Peter Joemel Advincula, who was seeking help in February but he referred him to other people pending scrutiny into the veracity of his story.
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David / Photo from Ucanews

Bishop David explained “briefly encountered” Advincula when met with Fr. Albert Alejo SJ, an associate professor of sociology of the Loyola School of Theology of the Ateneo de Manila University.

I met them only for a little while, over coffee. Perhaps conscious of the time constraint, Fr. Alejo told me very briefly that the man’s life was in danger, that he was being pursued by a drug syndicate he used to work with, and that he needed sanctuary,” David said.



David said that people knocking on the gates of the Church is not uncommon as it sometimes extends help to people who feel that their lives are in danger.

Read his full Facebook post below:

"The Inquirer.net had misread me when it reported that “Bishop David denied ever meeting Peter Joemel Advincula.” I said the man’s claim that I had met with Senator Trillanes and a certain Jonel on February 9, 2019 in my residence in Caloocan city was a blatant lie. I said, in fact, I had never even met the senator in person. But Advincula himself? I did not realize until three months later that I had actually encountered him—albeit briefly. Here’s how it happened.

I checked my schedule on February 9, 2019 in my iPhone and noted that I indeed had an appointment with Fr. Albert Alejo SJ on that day. I know Fr. Alejo, just as I know many other Jesuits because I was educated by the Jesuits of Ateneo and San Jose Seminary. Fr. Alejo had texted a few days before that asking if he could drop by my residence the soonest possible time that my schedule could accommodate. I told him it was a very busy week but, if he did not mind coming early at 7:30am, I could spare him a little time on Saturday, February 9. His purpose? To ask for my advice about a “pressing concern”.

I expected only him but he came accompanied by a man whom he did not even properly introduce to me. Since I could spare less than an hour and was rushing to another appointment at 9am, I met them only for a little while, over coffee. Perhaps conscious of the time constraint, Fr. Alejo told me very briefly that the man’s life was in danger, that he was being pursued by a drug syndicate he used to work with, and that he needed sanctuary. He was a chubby bespectacled young man; he struck me also as a glib-talker.

Situations like these are not new to us; the Church does indeed sometimes provide sanctuary to people who feel that their lives are in danger. I told the priest that, so far, we have provided sanctuary only to crime-witnesses whose lives are in danger, not to people who may have been involved in crimes themselves. The word “drug syndicate” came across as a warning signal to me. I also advised him to seek help from people who might be in a better position to help deal with the man’s alleged situation and, at the same time, to check on the veracity of the man’s story. I did not even bother to ask for the man’s name since he claimed he had a security issue. He came and left as a total stranger to me.

It was not until months later, when the man who had appeared as the hooded Bikoy on videos in the social media, removed his hoodie and identified himself as “Peter Joemel Advincula”, that I recognized the chubby bespectacled glib-talking young man I had briefly met on February 9, 2019. He was indeed the man who had sought help, claiming his life was in danger, that a whole drug syndicate was after him.

Back then I even felt a little guilty that I had not offered more help than I could. Perhaps if I had not been in such a rush, I would have followed my instincts and naïvely provided sanctuary to a SNAKE! Thank God I was somehow reminded of Jesus’ warning, “Be innocent as doves but clever as serpents.” (Mat 10:16)"


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