The Philippine National Police-Anti Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) has arrested a college student for allegedly blackmailing his ex-girlfriend on posting her nude photos online.
The suspect, Kenn Russel Cabalatungan, was arrested at East Rembo, Makati City on Tuesday.
Superintendent Jay Guillermo, PNP-ACG spokesperson, said the victim came to them after the suspect uploaded her nude photos in a porn website.
“Yung biktima kase nagreklamo sa amin noong April 28 regarding sa ex-boyfriend niya kinunan daw sya ng video, ng pictures everytime they meet. Nagpupunta sila sa motel, they do something and nakukunan siya ng picture, na hindi alam ng babae,” Guillermo said.
The victim met the suspect through Facebook and they had a relationship.
When they broke up, Cabalatungan uploaded a slideshow of her nude photos in a porn website and sent a copy to all the victim’s friends on Facebook.
"Nung nakipaghiwalay na siya, doon na nag-umpisa ang pananakot kasi ayaw na sa kanya ng babae. Doon na nagsimula ang pananakot kasi the boyfriend possesses nude photos of the victim, and ang ginawa ng suspect he was able to make a compilation of the nude photos. Nung nakipaghiwalay, he was able to upload it doon sa porn site," Guillermo said.
The victim said she was humiliated by the incident.
“Hindi lang naman po ako ang napahiya kundi pati pamilya ko. Ang mga kaibigan ko naiba na ang pagtingin sa akin kasi yung pinagkakaingat-ingatan kong pangalan nasira po ng ganon lang,” she said.
During the entrapment operation, Cabalatungan brought the victim to a hotel for sexual favor in exchange for deleting the uploaded nude photos.
"Gusto niya makipagkita ulit, magkaroon ng sexual activity. Ang purpose para matanggal na ang mga nude pictures pati ang mga nai-share niya pati ang possession ng file na nandun sa cellphone niya, he will delete," Guillermo said.
Cabalatungan expressed his regret over uploading the photos.
“Nang dahil sa galit po. May ginawa po sa akin na hindi ko matanggap na panloloko niya po.”
The victim warned others not to trust people easily in social media.
“Wag masyado magtitiwala lalo kung sa social media lang nakilala, kase hindi mo alam kung ano ang background non, sino ba yan, ano ba ang kaya niyang gawin. Kung totoo ba yang ipinapakita niya,” she said.
According to the ACG, there is a rise in the number of victims complaining about their nude photos being posted online, most of which are female with age range of 15-35 years old.
The PNP-ACG data revealed that there were 56 victims in 2015. In 2016, 192 victims filed complaints. For the first quarter of 2017, there are 50 victims so far.
"Nakikita kong trend, 'yung mga bata, akala ng mga bata, when somebody took their pictures, akala nila hindi puwedeng i-share. Nagtitiwala sila sa isang tao na kumukuha. Advise lang natin, wag bigyan ng opportunity na makunan ka ng picture," Guillermo said.
The suspect will be charged for violation of Article 286 of the Revised Penal Code committed by, through and with the use of ICT pursuant to Section 6 of RA 10175, RA9995 (Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act), and RA 9262 (Anti-Violence against Women and Children).