NBI cites rise in cyber libel complaints

Published July 17, 2020, 6:54 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

The National Bureau of Investigation on Friday, July 17, said there has been a rise in the number of cyber libel complaints for the past months, which includes those filed by Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go.

The NBI said in a statement that “there is a significant increase in the number of cyber-libel complaints filed before the Office of the Cyber Crime Division.”

Despite the rise in number, the NBI assured that it will investigate all cyber libel complaints.

“The NBI is reminding the public that we are open to receive complaints relating to violations of R.A. 10175 or the Cyber Crime Prevention Act of 2012, regardless of their status in life, and political and organizational affiliation,” the NBI said in a statement.

NBI Cyber Crime Division (NBI-CCD) Chief Vic Lorenzo confirmed that his office received cyber libel complaints from Robredo, Go, Cavite 7th District Rep. Crispin Remulla, Kabataan party-list Rep. Sarah Elago and other national and local government officials.

During the investigations of the complaints, Lorenzo said subpoenas have been issued to the persons who have been the subjects of complaints.

Lorenzo explained “the issuance of subpoena is a way to verify the veracity of the complaint and is part of due process to give opportunity to the subject of the complaint to be heard.”

“This includes the validation of the subject post or whether an assumed post, as a result of identity theft,” the NBI added.