TWO more “online sextornionists” were arrested by agents of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group in separate entrapment operations in Metro Manila.
PNP-ACG director Chief Superintendent Marni C. Marcos Jr. identified the suspects as Bien Marco Gopez, 24, of Block 9, Lot 2, BF Homes, Phase 2 in Barangay 167, Caloocan City, and Oscar Alapide, Jr., 29, of UC-2, Bgy. Citrus San Jose del Monte City.
Marcos said Gope was arrested Sunday while withdrawing from a local money remittance center the P4,000 he demanded from his victim, a 25-year-old resident of Bgy. Sta. Cruz, Antipolo City, Rizal.
Gope befriended the victim on Facebook by posing as a beautiful woman and convinced the complainant to send his naked pictures and videos showing him in an uncompromising situation.
He later demanded money from the victim and threatened to share his naked pictures and videos to his family, relatives and friends if he would not pay.
Alapide was arrested while collecting P3,000 from a local money remittance center. The money was sent by a 14-year- old male student from Pasong Tamo, Quezon City who also became a Facebook friend of the suspect when she posed as a woman and convinced him to send his sensual videos to the suspect’s Facebook account.
“Time and again we have seen that cybercrime knows no age. Predators abound in social media platforms and are using anonymity as a cover in their criminal. They are known to prey upon children online, as they are most vulnerable to enticements and deceptions. We advised parents to be extra-vigilant in supervising the online behavior of their children, especially the person they talk to and the things they do,” the PNP-ACG director said.