A 39-year-old man was arrested in an entrapment operation on Saturday morning in Southern Leyte for allegedly extorting P21,000 from a victim so that compromising videos of herself would not be circulated in social media.
Chief PNP Police General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar said Chadlie Bual y Pamugas alias “Chad,” 39 years old, married, apprehended at the Rela Jarse FoodHouse and Coffee Shop, Brgy. Poblacion, Hinunangan, Southern Leyte by joint elements of Regional Anti Cyber-Crime Unit 8 (RACU8) led by Asst. Chief Police Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Paciteng, together with Hinundayan Municipal Police Station personnel, and the Southern Leyte Provincial Mobile Force Company.
Bual’s arrest came after a complaint was filed by the victim at the office of Women and Children Protection Desk. The victim said that she has been receiving threats that the suspect, her ex-boyfriend, will send her nude photos and videos to her friends and in social media if she will not agree to have sex with him, Eleazar said.
Citing reports of Police Brigadier General Robert Rodriguez, PNP Anti-Cyber Crime Group Director to PNP Chief Eleazar, disclosed that Bual was apprehended in the act of receiving extorted money from the victim, 21 years old, single, female and college student in Southern Leyte.
The arrested suspect will face criminal charges for violation of R.A. 9995 also known as Anti Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009, R.A. 9262 (VAWC) in relation to section 6 of R.A. 10175, violation of Art. 294 (robbery extortion) of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) in relation to Section 6 of RA10175, and Art. 282 of RPC (grave threat) in relation to RA10175.
Bual was turned over to Hinundayan MPS for temporary custody and preparation for the filing of appropriate charges.
“In partnership with our cyber communities/group nationwide and globally, the PNP Anti-Cyber Crime Group,as the prime mover in investigating cyber crimes, will intensify its measures in dealing online frauds and extortion,” Eleazar said.
“As part of our Internal Cleanliness Policy (ICP), we are strengthening our war against cybercriminals as we upgrade our equipage in the furtherance of our existing programs,” Eleazar added.