Cyber-libel cases increase during COVID-19 -NBI

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DAVAO CITY — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has noticed the significant increase in the number of cyber-libel cases filed before their office during the past months as coronavirus-19 hit the world.

In a press statement, The NBI stated that Cyber-libel complaints filed before the Office of the Cyber Crime Division, NBI Cyber Crime Division Chief (CCD) Vic Lorenzo disclosed that they received complaints from the public, government officials including VP Leni Robredo, Senator Christopher Bong Go, Cong. Crispin Remulla, Congresswoman Sarah Elago, and other national and local officials coming from places as far as Siquijor, Leyte, and Cebu, among others.

Lorenzo stressed that the issuance of a 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 is reminding the public that the agency is 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.

Among the cybercrime offenses included in the bill are cybersquatting, cybersex, child pornography, identity theft, illegal access to data, and libel.

For those who want to file a complaint, the NBI can be reached through their email address at ccd@nbi.gov.ph.-Newsline.ph

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