Student arrested for ‘sextortion’
FRANCIS EARL CUETO
The Manila Times
A 23-YEAR-OLD graduating marine student from Pampanga was arrested by elements of the Philippine National Police-Anti Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) during an entrapment operation in Mexico, Pampanga on Tuesday evening. This was after he threatened his former girlfriend that he will expose sensitive video and photos if she will not agree to meet up with him. In a statement sent to media on Wednesday, the PNP-ACG said the suspect, a resident of San Isidro, Laug, Mexico in Pampanga, was arrested by authorities led by Maj. Evangeline Geminiano of the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit (RACU 3) of the PNP-ACG inside Orotel Hotel on Tuesday. Investigations showed that the victim and the suspect rekindled their relations via social media in May 2022 and started exchanging loving messages and video calls, trying to make their relationship work again. The virtual relationship turned sour anew as the suspect started to demand from the victim during their video calls to do online sex and likewise do perverted things such as inserting objects inside her private part as he watched and recorded the video. It was because of this that prompted the victim to break up with the suspect. But the suspect refused to end their relationship and threatened to spread the explicit photos and video of the victim on social media if she did not meet up with him. This prompted the victim to report the incident to ACG, which subsequently led to the arrest of the suspect. The suspect is facing charges of violations of Article 286 (Grave Coercion), RA 9262 (Violence Against Women and their Children) and RA 9995 (Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009) all in relation to Sec 6 of RA 10175. He is in the custody of RACU 3 for documentation and booking procedures prior to inquest proceedings. “Let me once again remind everyone to refrain from sending private videos/photos of yourself or from engaging video calls revealing too much of yourself as sometimes this can be used to either extort money from you or threaten you to do things you do not want to do,” PNPACG Director BGen. Joel Doria said.