PNP: Suspect asked for P50,000 from Kiefer Ravena over nude photos
MANILA -- The Philippine National Police-Anti Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) has arrested Kristoffer Monico Ng, a 22-year-old bank checking officer who allegedly extorted money from basketball player Kiefer Ravena.
PNP-Anti Cybercrime Group spokesperson Supt. Jay Guillermo said Ravena's nude photos were first leaked on social media.
“Meron nga daw kumakalat na picture ang biktima, based sa statement sabi nga ni Kiefer, nung meron siyang kumakalat na scandal, sinabihan niya ang parents niya. Ang nagpunta dito ay parents ng victim. Masyadong degrading yung pinapakalat na picture ng victim,” Guillermo said.
Ng asked for similar content in video format from Ravena and allegedly threatened him that he will leak other photos if he refused to comply, Guillermo added.
“Tinatakot siya o blackmailing in exchange of something. Noong una ang hinihingi ay mag-video ng sarili para ibigay sa kausap niya. Sabi namin, huwag na, kumbaga pag ganon ang ginawa niya, ulit-ulitin niya iyon hanggang isipin ng tao hindi siya mahuhuli,” he said.
Ravena refused and offered to pay money in exchange for information on who was leaking his nude photos online.
Guillermo explained, “Dahil ayaw gawin ng tao ang gusto ng suspect, sabi nung biktima, magbigay na lang siya ng pera in exchange for the information kung sinuman ang kumuha sa picture o nagpapakalat sa sinasabing scandal niya at hinihingan siya ng pera.”
The suspect asked for P50,000 in exchange for information, he said.
Ravena initially paid P25,000 and the PNP-ACG on Wednesday set an entrapment operation in Eastwood Central Park, Quezon City to give him the remaining P25,000, which resulted in the suspect's arrest.
“Meron extortion na nangyayari in exchange of the information behind doon sa nagpapakalat ng picture ng biktima, initially hinihingi ng suspect ay P50,000 but kahapon nagbigay sila ng P25,000 para makilala nila kung sino ang taong iyon. This afternoon, nagkasundo ulit na bibigyan nung kabuuan ng P25,000 ulit doon na siya nahuli,” Guillermo said.
Guillermo believes that the suspect and the one who leaked the nude photos of Ravena are one and the same.
“Noong mag-conduct kami ng investigation sa social media exploitation, we found out na iyung number na ginagamit niya ay iisa lang at saka yung mga accounts. Although may mga pinalitan siya, we were able to determine iisang account lang ito. At nakita natin na ginamit niya iyung isang number ng account niya kung saan ito pa rin ang taong ito ang gumagawa,” Guillermo revealed.
He said a man posing as a woman may have victimized Ravena.
“Laging ang ginagawa nila diyan ay nagpapakilala na magandang babae para maengganyo ang mga lalaki na makipag-exchange of messages. Kung talagang sa tingin ng suspect ay ang interest mo ay nakuha nila, so gagawan ka nila ng paraan para maengganyo ka para mayroon kang gawin online,” Guillermo said.
The PNP-ACG is also looking at another angle related to a basketball feud.
Ng admitted taking the money in exchange for information, but denied that he was the one who leaked the photos.
“Nag-offer lang po ako ng information in exchange of money. Iyun lang po. Pero hindi ko ako iyung kumuha ng video or nag post,” he said.
Ravena, in a statement, said, “We’ve been silent the past couple of weeks because my parents have been consulting with law enforcement to get to the bottom of this matter."
Police said Ng will be charged with robbery and extortion, and could face a maximum of 20 years in prison if found guilty.