By Jeffrey Damicog
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is set to file charges against online personality and businessman Francis Leo Marcos before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office for inciting to sedition and using an alias.
“Pinadala na namin yung dokumento sa City Prosecutor’s ng Manila yung sa kaso na inciting to sedition tsaka yun dun sa Anti-Alias Law (We have already sent the documents before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office which accused Marcos of inciting to sedition and for violating the Anti-Alias Law),” said NBI-Cyber Crime Division (NBI-CCD) Chief Victor Lorenzo on Thursday, May 21.
“Hinihintay na lang namin na papuntahin yung mga agents doon tsaka si Francis Leo Marcos (We are just waiting for the prosecutors to send for the agents and Marcos),” he added.
Lorenzo explained Francis Leo Marcos is not the real name of the arrested businessman.
“Ang totoong pangalan niya is Norman Mangusin,” the NBI official revealed following verification made by investigators.
With regards to the inciting to sedition case, Lorenzo also explained Marcos has also been urging the public in his online videos to rise up against the rich whom he has been pressuring to donate during this pandemic.
“Hinihikayat niya yung tao na i-challenge yung particular class na yun. Madaming beses niya ginagawa yun di ba (He has been calling for the people to challenge that class. He has been doing this many times right?),” the NBI official said.
The NBI-CCD chief said they also intend to charge Marcos with an additional case of violating the Passport Law.
“Hinihintay namin verification from DFA para maisampa namin yung kaso (We are just waiting verification from the Department of Foreign Affairs before filing the case),” he said.
Operatives of the NBI-CCD led by Lorenzo arrested Marcos at his home in Green Meadows, Quezon City based on the arrest warrant issued by the Baguio City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 60 in 2018 over charges of violating Republic Act 8050, the Revised Optometry Law of 1995, with the bail set at P20,000.
The businessman said the case was filed back in 2010 due to the optical missions he had been doing in Baguio City thrice a year whenever he had considerable earnings.
“Ang mga nagdemanda po ay ang mga may ari ng optical clinic dahil wala po silang kinikita dahil ako po ay namimigay ng libreng check-up at libreng salamin sa mata (those who filed the case are owners of optical clinics who have been losing earnings every time I conduct optical missions in Baguio City and give free eye check-ups and free prescription glasses),” Marcos earlier explained.
Meanwhile, Lorenzo also confirmed that, following verification, Marcos is indeed the subject of an arrest warrant issued by a court in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija for charges of violating the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 with the bail set at P20,000.
Aside from this, Lorenzo said his office is currently also verifying if Marcos is also the subject of another arrest warrant concerning charges for Anti-Trafficking of Persons Act.
Marcos had earlier denied of his involvement in the two court cases.
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