MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) reported that there are Facebook (FB) users who are already subject to arrest by authorities because of Cyber Sedition.
“We are involved, confidential, may huhulihin na (there will be arrests for) cyber sedition. We are not going to name the persons, we were able to track about more than one last night,” DICT Sec. Rodolfo Salalima said.
It can be recalled that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has requested Facebook to take down more than 60 FB accounts of jihadists and their supporters.
Meanwhile, Malacañang also revealed that the government and the military actually had information of the planned siege by the terrorist group, led by Isnilon Hapilon, prior to the attack in Marawi City.
This information was used by the government for the military to take action immediately and in order to prevent the terrorists’ much bigger plan to capture the entire city.
“The early action of the military and the government has actually pre-empted their plans to be able to capture the city so we need to accredit that. So, yes, there were intel but it was something that had to be vetted and authorized properly,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.
He added, had the military acted otherwise, the situation in Marawi could have been worse.
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte has also spent his private time on Tuesday without engaging in any public activity.
Malacañang ensures the President is in good health.
“He is actually in excellent health except for the fact that his schedule has been brutal. I think we need to allow him a few rest, he was actually on top of the situation, however he also need rest,” Abella said. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue