Police arrested a construction worker in Aklan on Tuesday after he posted on social media offering a P100-million reward to anyone who could kill President Rodrigo Duterte.
Malay, Aklan Police Station wrote on its Facebook page that its operatives arrested Ronald Quiboyen, who was identified in media reports as a construction worker.
“Quiboyen was turned-over to [Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Aklan] and Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit 6 for appropriate filing of the case,” it added.
Included in the police station’s report is a screen capture of Quinoyen’s supposed post, saying he would “double” the P50 million reward for anyone who can kill Duterte.
A couple of days before, Pangasinan’s NBI operatives arrested Ronnel Mas, a 25-year-old public teacher who posted a tweet offering P50 million for killing the president.
Mas was brought to the NBI headquarters on Tuesday and was subjected to an inquest, which would determine whether there is probable cause to charge him in court.
Inaresto ng mga otoridad ang isang 40-anyos na construction worker sa Malay, Aklan matapos mag-post sa Facebook na magbibigay ng P100-M sa sinumang papatay kay Pres. Duterte.
📷: Malay PS Masaligan pic.twitter.com/W6wv2RFHsZ
— News5 AKSYON (@News5AKSYON) May 13, 2020
He is facing complaints of Inciting to Sedition in relation to the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 and violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials.
Article 142 of the Revised Penal Code states that inciting to sedition can be done through speeches, proclamations, writings, emblems, cartoons, banners or other representations “that tend to disturb or obstruct any lawful officer in executing the functions of his office, or instigate others to cabal and meet together for unlawful purposes, or which suggest or incite rebellious conspiracies or riots, or which lead or tend to stir up the people against the lawful authorities or to disturb the peace of the community, the safety and order of the government, or who shall knowingly conceal such evil practices.”
Quiboyen could face charges similar to Mas according to authorities.
“Social media is not a place to publish threats and incite sedition. We should be responsible for what we share and post”, the chief said.
Both arrests came amid coronavirus pandemic crises as people are getting frustrated resorting to doing useless and absurd things.