PNP to charge blogger Drew Olivar over bomb joke

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Blogger Drew Olivar during his interview with UNTV’s Get it Straight with Daniel Razon


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is serious over filing charges against blogger Drew Olivar for his post that insinuated threats of a bomb explosion.

According to PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde, Olivar will face charges in violation of Presidential Decree 1727 or malicious dissemination of false information of any threat concerning bombs, explosives or any similar device.

This, Albayalde said, even after Olivar expressed remorse on the matter.

“Si Drew Olivar has learned his lesson and he will be charged for violation of PD 1727 regarding bomb jokes. Hindi lamang siya maaaresto but he will be formally charged in court,” said Albayalde.

In his post on Friday, September 21,  Olivar warned of an alleged bomb explosion that might happen in EDSA coinciding with the commemoration of the declaration of martial law under the Marcos regime.

Last Saturday, Olivar appeared before PNP officials to apologize, saying his post was intended for his friends and family.

According to Section 1of the PD 1727, “Any person who, by word of mouth or through the use of the mail, telephone, telegraph, printed materials and other instrument or means of communication, willfully makes any threat or maliciously conveys, communicates, transmits, imparts, passes on, or otherwise disseminates false information, knowing the same to be false, concerning an attempt or alleged attempt being made to kill, injure, or intimidate any individual or unlawfully to damage or destroy any building, vehicle, or other real or personal property, by means of explosives, incendiary devices, and other destructive forces of similar nature or characteristics, shall upon conviction be punished with imprisonment of not more than five (5) years, or a fine or not more than forty thousand pesos (P40,000.00) or both at the discretion of the court having jurisdiction over the offense herein defined and penalized.” – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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