Two Women Spreading Gossip in Facebook Group Chat Got Arrested
Two women were accused of spreading gossip in their Facebook group chat and have been issued a warrant of arrest in a cyber-libel case.
According to the report of Sunstar SuperBalita Cebu, the two women were arrested on Monday, at 8:45pm on November 4, 2019, in Barangay Sudlonon and Barangay Gairan, Bogo City. They were named as Mary Grace Catapan, 31, of Barangay Sudlonon and Jhallyn Gequillo Varga, 35, of Barangay Gairan.
“Aileen” (not her real name) reported the two women after she found out they were spreading rumors about her and her family. And all of this defamation are going through social media and through a group chat.
According to the complaining mother who filed against the two in Cebu City courts in 2017, at her son’s private school in the city of Bogo, she did not know that she was the subject of a group chat with some parents. Made by Catapan and Varga.
It depicts Aileen’s appearance as that of a witch and shows her picture as well, aside from saying that she had bipolar disorder, they also said she was a mistress. Her eldest son was shown a figure with a special child caption that hurt him greatly.
They also threatened to have her “ipapa-tokhang” and put inside a septic tank. Even his husband has also accused of them for being a thief. They also edited their pictures for fun.
As a result, a warrant of arrest was issued by Judge Ramon Daomilas Jr. of Branch 11 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of the City of Cebu for violation of Section 4 (c) (4) of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 better known as Cyber Libel were filed against them.
As such, she said he should be able to silence those abusive parents even on the group chat. They could be sentenced to six months to two years and four months and fined P200 to P6,000 if convicted in court.
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