Blogger's apology over 'bomb scare' not enough to erase liability: Roque

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Posted at Sep 25 2018 11:21 AM | Updated as of Sep 25 2018 04:36 PM

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MANILA - The apology issued by pro-Duterte blogger Drew Olivar over an online post on an alleged bomb threat would not be enough to absolve him of its possible criminal repercussions, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Tuesday.

Olivar came under fire for posting on Facebook that there might be a bombing last Friday, the 46th anniversary of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' declaration of martial law.

In his post, he said the supposed plot may be similar to the Plaza Miranda bombing in Quiapo, Manila in 1971. He added that it would be scary to stage protests on EDSA.

Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said it will file a criminal complaint against Olivar over his controversial post despite the latter's explanation that he just shared information he saw online.

"When the offended party is the public itself and there’s no private offended party in this crime, sometimes the apology is not enough. It will not extinguish the criminal liability," Roque told ANC's Headstart.

Making bomb jokes or spreading false information concerning bombs is illegal under Presidential Decree No. 1727.

People found guilty of the offense can face imprisonment of up to 5 years and/or a fine of up to P40,000.

Olivar was accompanied by Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson when he explained his side to the PNP on Saturday. Uson and Olivar earlier drew flak over 2 separate videos on the government's federalism drive and sign language.

Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte has been consistent with his stand that while he recognizes Uson is a supporter and is entitled to freedom of expression, "she takes consequences for her acts."

"Hindi pupuwede na palibhasa kaalyado ka ay meron ka nang immunity. Maski kaalyado ka, pag lumabag ka sa batas, iimbestigahan ka," he said.