Palace distances from arrest of teacher who offered reward for Duterte slay

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 12 2020 02:30 PM

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MANILA- Malacañang said Tuesday it would let authorities handle the case of a teacher who was arrested after offering a P50 million reward money for the slay of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The public school teacher, who hails from Sta. Cruz, Zambales was arrested Monday by the National Bureau of Investigation.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said due process should be accorded to the person.

"Yan po ay nasa kamay na ng ating law enforcement agencies. Hayaan po natin na gawin nila ang trabaho nila," Roque said in a Palace briefing.

(That is in the hands of our law enforcement agencies. Let them do their jobs.)

"Kung merong prima facie case for any case, kasuhan siya at mabibigyan naman po siya ng pagkakataon na patunayang hindi siya nagkasala sa ating hukuman sa takdang panahon," he added.

(If there is a prima facie case for any case, charge him and he will be given the opportunity to prove that he did nothing wrong at the proper time.)

The NBI said the teacher can be charged violation of the cybercrime law and may be jailed and/or fined with not lower than P200,000.

The teacher has since apologized to President Duterte.

“Nagso-sorry po [ako] kay Presidente Rodrigo Duterte at nagawa (ko) ito, iyong tweet na iyon, hindi ko po intensyon iyon, hindi ko po intensyon iyon," he said.

(I apologize to President Duterte for my tweet. That wasn't my intention.)