A 25-year-old public school teacher was arrested by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation – Dagupan District Office (DADO) after he posted a P50-M reward to anyone who can kill President Rodrigo Duterte in his Twitter account on May 5.
Atty. Rizaldy Jaymalin, NBI-DADO chief, said Ronnel Mas, a resident of Barangay Poblacion North, Sta. Cruz, Zambales who used @RonPrince as his name, was finally arrested after a search by joint elements from Zambales and Pangasinan.
Mas at the NBI office.
Jaymalin said Mas posted on his Twitter account his offer on May 5 and immediately got several reactions but many bashed him for what he did.
The search for Mas became difficult after he deactivated his Twitter account because of threats, prompting the NBI agents to triangulate his whereabouts through his interactions online.
From his mother’s place in Pangasinan, he was eventually tracked down to his residence in Zambales.
Initially, Mas claimed he was a “victim of identity theft”, and someone made a fake Twitter account in his name. When Jaymalin asked for his phone to validate his claim, Mas presented a damaged iPhone 8, to conceal his activity online.
“He eventually broke down and admitted to the deed”, said Jaymalin.
The NBI Dagupan elements transported Mas to NBI Central Office on May 12. He was accompanied by his parents during his arrest.
Despite his profuse public apology, the NBI will file charges citing to sedition in relation to cybercrime, and violation of RA 6713 or ethical standards of public officials being a public school teacher.
Mas apologized, on bended knees, to the President before the national media at the NBI Central Office, for what he did, Jaymalin said.
“Because of this, his dreams will be gone.” Jaymalin said, adding that Mas is taking up a doctorate degree in a university in Dagupan City.
“Freedom of speech and expression is not absolute, it has limits, especially when you are citing people to commit horrific deeds”, said Jaymalin. (Ahikam Pasion)
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