Man arrested for extorting former lover using nude photos

admin   •   May 5, 2017   •   5025

QUEZON CITY – The Philippine National Police urges citizens who have been victims of cybercrime to report the crime to the police.

Just like the 21-year-old woman who went to the police after experiencing trauma following an incident with her former lover.

The young woman claims that the suspect spread on social media her sensitive photos after she refused to give what his ex-boyfriend wanted.

“Hindi ko kaya ibigay ang pagkababae ko sa kanya… pag di daw ako makipagbalikan sa kanya yun daw gagawin nya sakin papatayin nya mga mahal ko sa buhay,” the victim said. (I couldn’t give myself to him. He said if I refuse to go back to him, he will kill all my loved ones.)

After receiving the report, the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) immediately conducted an entrapment operation against the 24-year-old suspect identified as Reynaldo Morales.

Morales was arrested in Cubao, Quezon City last Wednesday.

“Ang ifi-file natin sa kanya ay grave coercion in relation to the conversation may pananakot talaga,” PNP-ACG Spokesperson PSupt. Jay Guillermo said. (We will file charges for grave coercion in relation to the conversation. There really have been threats.)

The suspect, however, denied the allegations.

“Yung sinsabi nilang kalaswaan hindi totoo yun… hindi ako mamatay tao,” Morales said. (The lasciviousness they are talking about is not true.  I am not a killer.)

The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Unit hotline 414-1560 is open for reports on cybercrime. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

DOJ issues guidelines for children’s protection during online classes

Robie de Guzman   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a set of guidelines to ensure the protection of children from abuse and harmful content during the conduct of online classes.

The DOJ released the guidelines less than two weeks before the opening of Schoolyear 2020-2021 in public schools under a blended learning setting.

The Department of Education earlier said that classes will open on October 5.

In releasing the guidelines, the DOJ Cybercrime Division acknowledged that using video conferencing for online classes poses many security risks, including exposure of students to abusive strangers, harmful online content and loss of confidentiality, availability and integrity of computer data.

For school administrators, the DOJ advised to never share meeting room credentials – including the ID and password – to the public.

Meetings should also be set as follows:

  • Accept meeting participants’ request to join individually
  • Provide a standard naming instruction for the participants
  • Start meeting with participants’ video off
  • Require a password from the participants
  • Mute participants upon entry
  • Disable file transfer and screen share access for participants not assigned as hosts of the meeting

Participants also should not be allowed to rename themselves, send messages to other participants, and change their background with any selected image.

Students should also not be allowed to be alone in the virtual classroom, and a school administrator must always be present for supervision.

The DOJ also advised teachers to regularly update the application being used as every application connected to the internet is vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

The department, meanwhile, urges parents and guardians to guide their children on how to implement safety measures and to teach them how to discern information online to prevent becoming a victim of cybercrimes.

The DOJ also called on the public to report to authorities any irregularities or untoward incidents during online classes.

They may report it to the PNP-Anti Cybercrime Group through email acg@acg.pnp.gov.ph and mobile number 0998-598-8116; National Bureau of Investigation Cybercrime Division at email ccd@nbi.gov.ph and telephone number (+632) 8523-8231; and Department of Justice Cybercrime Office through email: cybercrime@doj.gov.ph and contact number (+632) 8524-8216. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

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BI eyes deportation case against Chinese woman who hit a Makati traffic enforcer

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 13, 2020

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has recommended the deportation of the Chinese woman who went viral for hitting a traffic enforcer and a biker in Makati City.

Immigration acting spokesperson Melvin Mabulac reiterated that foreign nationals staying in the Philippines should also follow the law. There will be no special treatment and no exceptions for them, Mabulac said.

Hindi po ibig sabihin ay isang dayuhan siya ay may espesyal siyang batas. Kung ano ang batas na pinatutupad po sa isang ordinaryong Pilipino, dapat sundin po ng kahit sino pang dayuhan na nandito sa ating bansa, (It does not mean that foreign nationals have a special law. The law followed by an ordinary Filipino should also be followed by any foreign national here in the country),” he said.

Authorities have also discovered that the Chinese woman identified as Dong Li is only under a tourist visa and has not followed the necessary requirements to update her status. The Immigration cited overstaying and disrespect to authority as grounds for deporting Dong.

Basically, dalawa po ang tinitingnan natin. Siya po ay overstaying at the same time, iyong undersirability. Klarong-klaro naman po doon sa social media, at naging viral pa naman, iyong disrespect sa authority. Bawal na bawal po iyan (Basically, we are looking into two (violations). She is overstaying and, at the same time, there is undesirability. It is clear in the viral post on social media that she disrespected a person of authority. That is prohibited),Mabulac said.

The agency already recommended to their legal division the filing of appropriate cases for Li’s deportation. –AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

NBI probes rape threat against celebrity daughter Frankie Pangilinan

Marje Pelayo   •   June 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is now verifying the identity of a netizen who allegedly threatened to rape Frankie Pangilinan, the daughter of Senator Kiko Pangilinan and Megastar Sharon Cuneta.

NBI-Cybercrime Division Chief Atty. Vic Lorenzo said the agency is looking into the true identity of the person behind the social media account that posted a direct threat of rape against the celebrity daughter.

The age of the perpetrator is also an important factor that will help determine the appropriate charges to be filed against the creator and owner of the account.

Iyong post kasi ang nakalagay: “Kung 12 years old ako gagahasain ko ang anak mo tapos hindi ako makukulong.” So ide-determine natin kung ano ang edad noong actual na nagpost ng threatening message na iyon,” Lorenzo explained.

[The post said: “If only I am 12 years old, I will rape your daughter without being detained. So we will determine the age of the person who actually posted that threatening message.]

“Kapag kasi minor iyan, may mga configuration tayo. Kasi meron tayong juvenille justice and Welfare Act. Iko-consider iyon,” he added.

[Because if he is a minor, there are certain configurations. We have the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act. We will consider that.]

The official said that if the perpetrator is an adult, he will face charges under the Cybercrime Law.

The NBI warned the public not to threaten anyone even on social media, may it be true or as a joke, as it has corresponding charges under the law.

May kulong ang light threat saka unjust vexation medyo mababa ang penalty, imprisonment nyan. Pero kapag in relation to RA 10175, one degree higher yan so 6 years 1 day to 12 years ang penalty noon,” Lorenzo noted.

[Light threat and unjust vexation has a penalty of imprisonment but very short. But if it’s in connection with RA 10175, that’s one degree higher so the penalty is 6years 1 day to 12 years imprisonment.]

Based on Cuneta’s post, they suspect that the netizen is living abroad and they already have a hint as to the workplace of that person.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menarso Guevarra said it is possible to track a person even if he is abroad through coordination between the Philippine Justice Department and the country where the person is, to establish jurisdiction on the respondent. –MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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