NBI begins probe of online rape threat vs. Sharon Cuneta's daughter Frankie

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has started investigating a netizen who posted a rape threat against Frankie, daughter of Sen. Kiko Pangilinan and actress Sharon Cuneta according to the Manila Times report.

NBI Cybercrime Division Chief Victor Lorenzo said the bureau’s Officer in Charge Eric Distor was directed to start the investigation.

“May directive sa amin si OIC ng NBI (Eric Distor) para tingnan ‘yung issue (NBI OIC Eric Distor has directive for us to look into the issue.),” he said

“So far inumpisahan pa lang namin, tinitingnan namin yung kung saan kami mag-uumpisa, ano magiging lead (So far, we’ve just started. We’re looking at where to start and what will be the lead.),” Lorenzo also said.

"Tinitingnan na namin, kino-collate na namin 'yung mga information, tama nga yung sinabi niyo, baka puwedeng i-invoke niya na identity theft or na-compromise lang 'yung account niya, kaya dino-document na namin," Lorenzo said on a separate interview on Dobol B sa News TV on Monday.

Earlier, the enraged Cuneta vowed to hunt down the netizen who threatened her daughter and sue him for his malicious act.

Reportedly, Cuneta reached out to Chief Justice Menardo Guevarra to file a criminal complaint against the person who posted a very offending message on social media.

Frankie stirred a discussion on social media on #HijaAko, an online movement to end victim-blaming in cases of sexual violence and harassment.

According to Lorenzo, the incident could be a case of light threat or unjust vexation, punishable by up to 12 years under the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

“Pwede ‘yan sa light threat, at the same time, puwede ‘yan sa unjust vexation in relation to Cybercrime Prevention Act (This can be a light threat and at the same time, unjust vexation in relation to Cybercrime Prevention Act.),” said Lorenzo.

“Under the revised penal code, mababa lang ang penalty ng light threat at sa unjust vexation pero ‘pag in relation to Cybercrime Prevention Act, one degree higher ‘yun, mas mabigat yung term, six years and one day to 12 years (Under the revised penal code, light threat and unjust vexation have lighter penalties but if it’s in relation to Cybercrime Prevention Act, it’s one degree higher, the term is heavier from six years and a day to 12 years [in prison].),” he added




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