Authorities arrest student who posted fake abduction on social media

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 4, 2019   •   809

The Cebu Provincial Police has reported that they arrested 21-year-old student on Tuesday (December 3) for posting fake abductions by men in a white van on his social media.

Cebu provincial police director Colonel Roderick Mariano, on Wednesday (December 4), identified the fake news culprit as Brigs Granada Alvaro.

Mariano reported, Alvaro was arrested in their home in Sitio Taboc, Barangay Lo-oc, Danao City and was brought to the police station for investigation. He also said that the culprit has caused alarm to the public by posting fake news.

Danao City Police Chief Lieutenant Colonel Maribel Getigan said they are preparing the criminal case to be filed against Alvaro.

“We are preparing a criminal case for violation of the Revised Penal Code, particularly Alarm and Scandal in relation to (Cyber Crime Law), Section 6, Republic Act 10175,” Getigan said in a statement.

She also added that Alvaro was immediately turned over to the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) for psychological examination.

“He is up for psychological assessment whether or not he is on his normal state of mind,” she said.

Getigan also said that the minor admitted to posting the falsified news.

“Alvar voluntarily offered a statement that the post was a mere false story and his intention is to give warning only to those young adults who are always roaming around the city during night time,” she said.—AAC

DILG tells PNP to identify, sue perpetrators of fake news on kidnappings online

Robie de Guzman   •   December 17, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to identify and file charges against those behind the online postings of fake news and videos of purported abduction of individuals, especially minors, for organ harvesting.

Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, spokesperson for the DILG, said Interior Secretary Eduardo Año issued the directive amid investigation on the recent series of viral videos of separate alleged kidnappings of minors in Bulacan and Cavite.

Malaya said the PNP has confirmed that the latest viral video posted on Facebook of the supposed kidnapping of a 10-year old boy in Bulacan was fake.

He cited the result of Cyber Patrolling and Open Source Investigation of PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG), which found that no recent abduction transpired using a white van nor were there reported series of abductions lodged in police stations and news networks.

The alleged abductions of unidentified persons using a white van has been circulating in social media platforms as early as 2016 but were found to be a hoax.

He added that based on the PNP’s assessment of social media platforms, some individuals have capitalized viral news on alleged kidnappings to gain more likes, shares, comments and interactions from their Facebook followers for profit.

“There are unscrupulous people on social media who are doing staged videos of alleged abductions to sow fear among the people and to earn money,” Malaya said in a statement.

“We wish to remind the public that the perpetrators of fake news earn money from your likes, shares and comments. We understand that you think you are only warning your loved ones but you are also unintentionally spreading fear. Let us not embolden these people any longer,” he added.

The DILG official asked the public to be wary of fake news online and not to be quick in liking or sharing “unfounded and baseless videos.”

“If you have no personal knowledge of an alleged abduction or you are not sure of the source, we ask the public not to share or like it.” he said.

Malaya also urged the public to help suppress the spread of fake news online by immediately reporting the post, especially those may cause undue alarm and panic to the public, to the PNP-ACG hotlines 09985988116; Tel: +63 (02) 414-1560 and Fax: +63 (02) 414-2199.

Go Timor-Leste! Pinoy netizens cheer as the country vies for their first medal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 3, 2019

The Timor-Leste delegation enters the stage during the SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan province, north of Manila, Philippines 30 November 2019.

We truly win as one.

There really is no limit to Filipinos’ love and support. Not only are they showing their heartwarming support to our local athletes in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, they also cheer for other countries.

In the recent medal tally as of December 3, 12:00 p.m., netizens cheered as the Philippines remains on top with a total of 78 medals (41 gold, 23 silver, 14 bronze).

Meanwhile, they also noticed Timor-Leste’s standing—the country has yet to win their first medal.

To show their support, netizens began cheering for Timor-Leste.

The SEA Games has not only proved the talents and skills of all Southeast Asian nations, it also showed the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie between the nations.—AAC

Deped on Tulfo issue: Teachers have the right to due process

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 25, 2019

Broadcaster Raffy Tulfo (L) and DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla

Teachers have the right to due process, according to the statement of the Department of Education (Deped) regarding the Tulfo issue.

Deped said the latest confrontation on the radio show of broadcaster Raffy Tulfo involving a teacher and a student’s guardians was a “move for on-the-spot compromise”.

During the episode, Tulfo discussed the complaint of a grandmother about a teacher who ‘mistreated’ her grandson after he allegedly failed to submit his report card.

A video footage shows the teacher sending the student out of the classroom to sit on a chair at the corridor. Tulfo gave the teacher two choices: resign from her office or face criminal charges against her. The teacher decided to resign which caused backlash from netizens.

“On the other hand, teachers are entitled to due process, which was not given to her during the program, especially since resignation from her job earlier than her intended retirement will have serious impact on her person and family,” the statement reads.

Deped also said that incidents of child abuse are not subject to compromise because the department “endeavors to provide proper forum to discuss the facts and issues that will resolve conflicts and concerns in a fair and humane manner.”

The regional and division offices of the education department is currently conducting an investigation on the incident. They also plan to conduct a dialogue with the media regarding handling issues involving teachers, students, and schools.

“We need the cooperation and coordination of all stakeholders to maintain and promote trust, respect and dignity of all learners, teachers, and administrators of schools,” according to Deped.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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