Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and the city police yesterday urged the public to report any activities related to cybercrime, following the arrest of three women who allegedly engaged in cybersex using a minor girl in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City, Friday.
The three women, aging 43, 20 and 35, including the mother of the minor, are now facing multiple charges for violations of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 as amended by R.A. 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012; R.A. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012; and R.A. 7610 or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, a police report showed.
The names of those who were charged were withheld by the DAILY STAR to protect the identity of the minor.
The operation against the mother and two others was conducted following the recovery of the lewd videos and photos of the minor from the laptop of a foreign national, who was recently nabbed in the United States.
Senior Supt. Jack Wanky, acting city director of the Bacolod City Police Office, said yesterday thatmonitoring on this kind of activity should be highly-technical considering that it is a cybercrime.
“This needs highly technically trained policemen and equipment,” Wanky said.
Although BCPO is not yet equipped or ready for these types of crimes, Wanky said it is stilla good opportunity for them to request, for the presence of a cybercrime office or trained personnel on cybercrimes.
In the meantime, the BCPO refers cybercrime cases to Camp Crame, that has the capability and personnel with technical expertise and trainings on cybercrimes, Wanky said.
He urged the public to be vigilant and report immediately to the police if they suspected of this kind of activity taking place in their neighborhood.
Leonardia, meanwhile, said during a press conference at the Bacolod Government Center yesterday, that the police should be more vigilant and should monitor these illegal activities with more intensity.
Leonardia also appealed to the public to help the police since people who engage in these activities are trying to hide their illegal acts from the authorities.
“Since the police, with their intelligence network, might not be able to notice these illegal activities, I am asking the help of everyone to report them to the authorities, or to the city, so the information can be virifiedandacted on,” he said.
Peace and order and matters like these are the business of everybody. So he is asking the cooperation of everyone, Leonardia added.*CGS/SGG
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