FOUR gays wanted for engaging in online simulated sex in the country were arrested by agents of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) in a raid in their hideout in Malabon City Thursday night, the head of the unit announced yesterday.
Marvin Acaba, alias ‘Tanya,’ Edizon Manozon, alias ‘Christina,’ Peter Cruz alias ‘Shannel,’ and Rene Javier, alias ‘Eng’, were arrested on the strength of a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Maria Victoria Soriano-Villadolid of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 24 for violation of Section 4© 1 of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, said PNP-ACG director Senior Supt. Marni C. Marcos Jr.
Marcos said that PNP-ACG cybercops tracked down the four in Block C, Lot 24, Phase 3, Maya-Maya St., Bgy. Longos, Malabon City past 8 p.m. Thursday. After being apprised of their constitutional rights, the four were taken to the PNP-ACG headquarters, together with the seized pieces of evidence they were using in their online sex activities.
The PNP-ACG director said that the four were known for posing as ‘beautiful women’ and luring their clients in Facebook to engage in online sex activities for a fee. There were reports that the suspects are also engaged in so-called ‘sextortion’ wherein they demand money from people whom they have convinced to engage in online sex activities.
“This operation is part of our continuous and serious commitment to prevent cybercriminals in carrying out their illegal activities and make sure that all wanted persons will be placed behind bars,” Marcos said.
The official also encouraged the general public to support the PNP in its campaign against cybercrimes by providing relevant information on suspected cybersex activities to their office or to the nearest police stations.
Marcos said information can be relayed thru Twitter @PNPACG or thru their Facebook page PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group. Reports can also be forward thru DILG Hotline 117, PNP 2920, the PNP-ACG hotline 414-1560 or 633-1438 and Isumbong Mo Kay Tsip at 09178475757, he said.