11 sextortion syndicate members nabbed in Nueva Ecija

MANILA — The PNP-Anti Cybercrime Group (ACG) arrested 11 employees of a computer center in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija and confiscated computers, routers, servers, cellular phones, flash drives, and other documents used in their illegal activities including seven plastic bags of marijuana worth PHP3,500.00, Police Senior Superintendent Reczon Tito T Acabado, Acting Director, PNP ACG said on Thursday.

Acabado said the search warrants were issued by Honorable Ramon D. Pamular, Executive Judge, Branch 32, Guimba, Nueva Ecija which resulted to the arrest and confiscation of the gadgets.

The search operation was conducted Thursday midnight on two different locations witnessed by officials of Barangay, Santo Rosario, Aliaga, Nueva Ecija.

“We have been monitoring the computer center in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija involved in sextortion activities,” Acabado said.

The raid was part of the ‘STRIKEBACK 3’ which targets sextortion syndicates in the country, he further said.

Based on the report provided by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the Philippines is one of the three countries that have the highest number of sextortion syndicates.

As of 2015, Acabado said that ACG received a total of 57 complaints for sextortion and most victims are foreign nationals, adding that there are computer centers that are operating as call centers but in reality, they are operating to blackmail their victims through recording their nude photographs and videos through Skype.

“We will file cases for Violations of Section 4(c)(1) (Cybersex) of R.A. 10175,otherwise known as “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012” and Sections 11 andSection 15 of R.A. 9165 “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002” againstthe arrested employees and owners of the computer centers,” Acabado said. PNA/northboundasia.com