Anti-Marcos TikTok User Surrenders to NBI After Posting Death Threat vs BBM
The Anti-Marcos TikTok user has surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) following a death threat against Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
On the video streaming site TikTok, investigators captured a suspect in an alleged assassination plot against Marcos Jr. The suspect handed himself in to clear his name in connection with the purported TikTok conspiracy.
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Meanwhile, the owner of the BBM death threat account has been identified as Ruel ‘Bong’ Ricafort, according to NBI officer-in-charge director Eric Distor. Ricafort willingly surrendered to the NBI to present his side of the story, but he is not in custody.
Ricafort went to the bureau’s Anti Organized and Transnational Crime Division (AOTCD) and stated his desire to submit a complaint against people who exploited his identity on TikTok maliciously. A video that went viral last month showed a guy claiming to be Ricafort threatening to kill Marcos.
When Ricafort was notified of the film, he looked for it and watched it, according to his testimony to the NBI. There, he discovered that his TikTok account had been hacked, giving the impression that his organization is planning to murder the presidential candidate.
The TikTok user allegedly posted “we are meeting every day to plan for BBM’s assassination. Get ready.”
The NBI had been given a month to remedy the problem before. All threats to public officials, past and present, as well as candidates, will be taken upon quickly, according to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, whether credible or not.
Individuals who threaten to kill or harass public officials may also be tracked down by the DOJ Office of Cybercrime and the National Bureau of Investigation, he added. He went on to say that a death threat is illegal whether one believes it or not, and even if it is unlikely.
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