Despite disowning his personal Facebook account, the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit (RACU) 7 and the Province of Cebu will be filing charges against Billy Joe Julio Ygot Magdadaro, the man who posted a threat to President Rodrigo Duterte and offered a P10-million reward to anyone who will assassinate Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.
“Until such time mayroong evidences na mag-i-indict sa kanya sa violation nang cybercrime law or whatever batas, we will file a case through the cybercrime unit,” Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Director Roderick Mariano told reporters on Friday at the CPPO Headquarters.
Mariano said investigation is ongoing to check on the veracity of Magdadaro’s claim that he does not own the account that posted the threats.
“Kailangan muna natin laliman ang pag-iimbestiga para makasigurado tayo sa pagpa-file ng case through the help nang legal office ng Provincial Government,” he said.
Cebu Provincial Legal Officer Donato Villa said charges of inciting to sedition in relation to the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is likely to be filed against Magdadaro.
The post in question said “10 MILLION REWARD SA MAKA PATAY NI Gov. Gwen Garcia” and cursed that Cebu City is “on lockdown.”
In response, the governor, during a live press conference on Friday, June 26, said: “Well first of all, I want to congratulate him kay naa siyay 10 million, ako waman gani.”
The governor added that it will be up to Magdadaro to prove in court his claim that he does not own such social media account.
“Well, he can prove in court kay naa may korte. Ang kanindot ani kay naa may rule of law. The burden of proof is on him,” Garcia said.
At around 1 a.m. Friday, Magdadaro surrendered to the CPPO.
He said it was his friends who told him about the post and convinced him to clear his name.
In an interview with reporters, he denied owning the “Billy Joe Magdadaro” account saying his real account is “Billysovic Cebuquero.”
“Wala koy idea ana mam kay ang nagpindot ra sad nako mam ako rasad mga amigo ug amiga,” said Magdadaro, 31 years old, and a resident of Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City.
Sergeant Ronelle Ocariza, RACU 7 assistant investigator, said they will investigate the case since there are two accounts that Magdadaro owns and the “Billy Joe Magdadaro” account was already deactivated at about 9 p.m. of Thursday, around 4 hours before he went to the police.
Authorities will check his claim especially since the account in question was created on June 2015 yet, and it is highly unlikely that he is not aware of such account.
“The question is nganong karon pa siya nakabalo nga gibuhatan siyag account nga pila naman na ka years nga supposedly naa na na siya prior knowledge. In fact naay nag comment nga the Joel Magdadaro account is subject for hacking daw. We doubt nga wa siya kahibaw niabot sa iyaha ang storya nga gibuhatan siyag fake account,” Ocariza said. (Vanessa L. Almeda)