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Cyber cops arrest student charged with online libel

By AL RICALDE
Correspondent /

BE careful what you post on social media sites. This is a lesson student Catherine Kho, 20, learned the hard way.

On Wednesday, the Regional Anti-Cyber Crime Group arrested Kho in her own school based on a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Dennis Alcantar of the Regional Trial Court Branch 18 for violation of the cyber libel provision of Republic Act 10175 — the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

Alcantar set the bailbond at P120 thousand for Kho’s temporary liberty while the case is pending before the court.

Chief Insp. Ignacio Gamba, ACG chief said Kho’s arrest stemmed from a libel complaint filed by Monaisah Ampa, 38, of Barangay Nazareth.

“Gi-served namo ang iyang warrant of arrest didto sa iyang eskwelahan,” said Gamba.

The school is the Professional World Academy on Antonio Luna St. in Barangay 27, this city.

In her complaint, Ampa alleged that on Feb. 7, Kho posted a libelous statement labeling her as a “home wrecker.”

Ampa claimed that Kho’s post exposed her to public ridicule and impugned her name.

Gamba said the law has been designed to stamp out online crimes like fraud, identity theft, and child pornography, among others.

He said the PNP-ACG is committed to fighting cyber crime in the region but at the same time urged the public to be vigilant, take preventive measures and to refrain from posting a libelous statement on social media platforms. (a.l. ricalde)

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