Police: “Kill Duterte” post political
CEBU, Philippines — Police Regional Office (PRO)-7 director Brigadier General Ignatius Ferro believes that politics was behind the several social media posts offering a huge amount of bounty for anyone who can kill President Rodrigo Duterte.
Ferro said the police are now conducting investigations to identify the people behind it.
“Actually, kabalo ta ana nga that’s political, this group are trying to destroy the gains that we have done with our President leading the way,” Ferro said.
A 26-year-old woman from Cordova, Cebu was arrested last week by the operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-7) for offering P75 million to whoever can kill the president.
The suspect, Ma. Catherine Ceron, allegedly made the offer in a post on Facebook, something that she denied doing. She said her account was hacked.
“Kung sino ang nakabasa sa post na ito, patayin nyo si Digong Duterte, magbibigay po ang grupo ng 75 milyon kung sinong makapatay ni Duterte, pm lang po kayo or punta kayo sa bahay Tumoy Ibabaw, Cordova, Cebu hanapin nyo po ako Ma. Catherine Ceron,” the post reads.
A day after Ceron’s arrest, two barangay tanods from Ermita, Cebu City and a security guard from Lapu-Lapu City surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas to clear their names from possible criminal liability over similar “kill Duterte” post on social media. They claimed that their Facebook accounts were hacked.
Ferro said the police will not tolerate criminal acts like inciting to sedition. NBI-7 special investigator Arnel Pura, however, said they are not filing charges against the tanods and the security guard yet pending validation of their claims.
Pura said they are closely coordinating with the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit (RACU)-7 in the investigation.
The NBI-7, however, warned that criminal charges will be filed if proven in the investigation that they made the post themselves.
Article 142 of the Revised Penal Code states that inciting to sedition can be done through speeches, proclamations, writings, emblems, cartoons, banners or other representations “that tend to disturb or obstruct any lawful officer in executing the functions of his office, or instigate others to cabal and meet together for unlawful purposes, or which suggest or incite rebellious conspiracies or riots, or which lead or tend to stir up the people against the lawful authorities or to disturb the peace of the community, the safety and order of the government, or who shall knowingly conceal such evil practices”. FPL (FREEMAN)