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Man Arrested for ‘Sextortion’ in Cebu

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The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) arrested a man in an entrapment operation in San Nicolas, Cebu City, following a complaint from his former girlfriend. The suspect allegedly threatened to spread their private videos and photos to their acquaintances.

Here are some details according to the report of ABS-CBN News.

Details of the ‘Sextortion’ Case

According to PNP ACG spokesperson PLT. Wallen Mae Arancillo, the victim met the suspect at a bar, and they eventually entered into a relationship. However, the victim noticed that the suspect frequently asked for money, prompting her to decide to break up. It was at this point that the suspect began threatening to spread their private videos and photos.

“She met the suspect at a bar, and eventually they had a relationship. The victim noticed that the suspect’s requests for money were becoming more frequent, so she decided to break up. When she did, the suspect began blackmailing and threatening to spread videos of their intimate moments and nude photos online,” explained Arancillo.

The suspect now faces multiple charges, including violation of the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 in relation to the Cybercrime Prevention Act. According to the latest data from the PNP ACG, there has been a more than 36 percent decrease in reported cybercrime cases in the country from January to June compared to the same period last year.

The police recorded 8,177 complaints over six months, lower than the 12,808 complaints registered in the same period in 2023. However, despite the decrease in some cybercrime cases, the number of reported violations of the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 continues to rise.

Rising Number of Cases

From January to June, there was an increase in the number of cases violating Republic Act 9995, the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009. During this period, authorities recorded 198 cases, surpassing the 181 cases reported last year.

“We see that too much exposure of netizens, especially minors, is a factor. Nowadays, their attention is often focused on social media rather than face-to-face socializing or going out with friends,” Arancillo said.

“If possible, avoid taking videos or nude photos to prevent these from being spread or to avoid becoming a victim of sextortion,” Arancillo added.

The PNP ACG reminds the public that they can report incidents and call their hotline numbers or contact them through their social media accounts.

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