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NBI begins probe on netizen who threatened to rape daughter of Sen. Pangilinan

 

By Noreen Jazul

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said it will begin a probe on a netizen who allegedly made a rape threat against Frankie Pangilinan, daughter of Sen. Francis Pangilinan and megastar Sharon Cuneta, who recently made headlines for speaking up against rape and sexual violence against women which sparked the #HijaAko online movement.

Frankie Pangilinan (Instagram)

Frankie Pangilinan
(Instagram)

“Meron ng directive si OIC (Officer-in-Charge) ng NBI para tingnan iyong issue (There is already a directive from the OIC of the NBI to look into the issue),” Victor Lorenzo, NBI Cybercrime Division Chief, told DZMM on Monday.

“Inuumpisahan palang namin tingnan. Tinitingnan namin kung saan mag-uumpisa, ano ang magiging lead, at the same time, kung anong pananagutan (We’ve started looking into it. We’re looking at where we should start, a possible lead, and at the same time, what the suspect will be liable for),” Lorenzo added.

Lorenzo said the netizen who made the threat can be accused of unjust vexation in relation to the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which has a penalty of six years one day to 12 years in jail.

Cuneta earlier vowed to file a complaint against a certain Sonny Alcos, who allegedly threatened to rape Frankie.

“I WILL PERSONALLY MAKE SURE THIS KABABUYAN (obscenity) YOU HAVE POSTED TO DISRESPECT MY DAUGHTER IN THIS DESPICABLE, MALICIOUS AND INSIDIOUS WAY WILL BE OF GREAT INTEREST TO THEM. I AM ALSO FORWARDING THIS TO SEC. MEYNARD GUEVARRA WHO HAS BEEN MY FRIEND AND LAWYER SINCE 1992. HAHANAPIN KITA. I. WILL. FIND. YOU. YOU FACE ME, YOU COWARD,” Cuneta said on her Instagram post.

The Department of Justice said it will investigate the case once Cuneta files a criminal complaint against Alcos.

“Ms. Sharon Cuneta has brought this matter to my attention and has expressed her strong desire to file a criminal complaint against the person who posted the offending message on social media,” Guevarra said on Sunday.

Read more: DOJ to probe netizen if Sharon will file complaint — Guevarra


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/06/22/nbi-begins-probe-on-netizen-who-threatened-to-rape-daughter-of-sen-pangilinan/)

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