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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