The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Puerto Princesa admits they lack special equipment and expertise needed to solve cybercrime cases that are reported to them on various occasions.
“Hindi naman maaksyunan ‘yung iba dahil nasa Manila ‘yung mga experts namin,” Cedric Caabay, Executive Officer, NBI Puerto Princesa, told Palawan News.
Caabay said specifically that complaints of individuals being victimized by persons hiding behind fake social media accounts are referred to Manila for action.
“Wala tayong capacity dito na ma-detect kung sino sila kaya nire-refer natin sa Manila,” Caabay said.
“Pero ‘yung mga minor cases na nakikita mo naman kung sino mismo ang nagpo-post ng kung ano-ano, ‘yun yung nafa-file natin dito,” he added.
NBI Puerto Princesa has listed over 30 cases of cybercrime related incidents from last year to present, most of which came from students involved on petty crimes over the internet such as cyber bullying and online libel.
“Iprint-out niya (victim) ‘yung mga libelous words na ginamit dun o kaya ‘yung mga pinost na may picture niya, iprint-out niya tapos submit dito sa amin para ma-evaluate natin kung babagsak sa Cybercrime o hindi,” Caabay said.
He said that they try to determine if the person who is subject of a complaint has malicious intent in using the internet to malign another person.
“Kahit na ginawa niya ‘yung act just as long as andun ‘yung purpose na sirain siya. ‘Yun naman ang pinaka element nun eh. Kahit na totoo basta ang intensiyon ay sirain siya sa publiko, pasok ‘yun,” Caabay said,
The records division of the NBI indicated that most cybercrime cases reported in the province involved students spreading libelous statements against each other online, or cases of blackmail an extortion.
Jovy Samson of the NBI’s Records Division said that in 2016, their office received 10 cybercrime cases, some of which are already being prosecuted in court.