Cyber libel cases should be filed within a year following the release of the libelous online item, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) reminded Monday.
“One year ang proscriptive period niyan kung libel (Libel has a proscriptive period of one year),” said NBI Cyber Crime Division (NBI-CCD) chief Victor Lorenzo.
The law states that it should be filed in court within a year.
Lorenzo issued the reminder since he has yet to receive a formal statement from beauty queen Catriona Gray concerning a cyber libel case she sought to investigate.
Because of this, Lorenzo admitted that his office could not yet start its investigation since it is still waiting for Gray to file her statement.
“Papaano namin makukuha ‘yung details? Paano namin ma-substantiate any investigation we are going to conduct (How are we going to get the details? How are we going to substantiate the investigation we are going to conduct?)” the NBI official said.
Accompanied by her legal counsel Christopher Liquigan, Gray went to the NBI last July 21 seeking an investigation over her fake nude photos.
During her visit, NBI Deputy Director Vicente de Guzman III assured that the bureau will unmask the culprits behind the fake photos.
“Kahit sino tamaan niyan icha-charge namin (Whoever they are we will file charges against them),” he assured.
Her lawyer also issued issued a statement which denounced the “vicious attempt to tarnish the good name of Ms. Gray.”
The lawyer informed the public that “these photos and whatever information statements that are being spread are fake and the pictures are digitally altered.”
Liquigan said Gray’s camp is “actively coordinating with authorities to hold accountable whoever is behind this scheme and face penal sanctions accordingly.”
“We will likewise take legal actions against those involved in the manufacture and publication of the said photo,” he added.