A salesman in Mindanao city is now facing charges because of allegedly posting libelous statements against President Rodrigo Duterte.
The salesman was identified as Reynaldo C. Orcullo, 41, a resident of Brgy Triangulo, Nasipit town, Agusan del Norte.
Orcullo was caught during the joint operation held last Wednesday by the members of Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit (RACU) 13 and Nasipit Municipal Police Station.
The salesman allegedly cursed and made fun of President Duterte on social media, calling the latter ‘buang’ and other degradative words.
Orcullo is facing charges for violation of Section 4 of RA No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
They also recovered the smartphone used by Orcullo to comment against President Duterte.
PNP Caraga director Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr urged the netizens to be more careful of what they’re posting on social media because freedom of expression also has limits.
“Again I remind our social media users to think thrice before posting on any social media platform. Be responsible netizens. We do enjoy the blessings of democracy but never go beyond what you think is right without minding you violate the provisions of the law,” the Caraga top police official stressed out.
On Monday, a teacher in Zambales was brought to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) central office in Manila after putting a bounty on Duterte’s head.
The next day, a construction worker who boasted to double President Duterte’s bounty was traced by the members of CIDG in Aklan.
A lady from Cebu was also invited to the police station by the authorities for allegedly saying that they’re ready to be poor just to save money for Duterte’s bounty.
The Presidential Security Group (PSG) also warned the netizens from doing the same thing, not only to Duterte but also to other people.
“Lahat ay maaring managot kung sila ay magbabanta sa kanilang kapwa, paano pa kaya kung yung pinagbabantaan nila ay pangulo ng republika,” PSG commander Colonel Jesus Durante III said.