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14 cybersex den workers nabbed in San Jose City

Jaime Santos & Criselda De-Guzman
Nueva Ecija police director Col. Jaime Santos and San Jose City police head Lt. Col. Criselda De Guzman present to the media the 14 personalities arrested during an "incidental" operation that led to the discovery of a clandestine illegal cybersex den operating inside an apartment in Bgy. Abar 1st on Wednesday night. Photo by STEVE A. GOSUICO.

SAN JOSE CITY – Nueva Ecija police on Wednesday night busted a clandestine cybersex den operating in the city following the arrest of 14 individuals who were caught transacting with foreign clients inside an apartment here.

Provincial police director Col. Jaime O. Santos said an buy-bust led to the “accidental discovery” of the cybersex den in Villa Ramos, Bgy. Abar 1st at 10:30 p.m.

City police head Lt. Col. Criselda Y. De Guzman said her men had just bought P500 shabu from Onnie, of Bgy. Sto. Niño 1st when he ran and was pursued by undercover operatives, until a bystander pointed to the apartment where the suspect allegedly fled.

Santos and Guzman presented the 14 arrested suspects to the media yesterday morning. The police officials said they have a “strong case” against the 14 suspects including the cybersex den operator with the guidance and support of the PNP’s Anti-Cyber Crime Group and the San Jose City prosecutor’s office.

The arrested suspects were identified as Emmanuel Claudio, 31, Daren Zabala, Mark Roxas, 30, Jomari Robles, 22, Gerald Villamor, 28, Richard Bryan Dela Cruz, 35, Andrew Robles, Christian Libunao, 30, Christiano Juntino, 22, Jerome De Leon, 27, Alfredo Dela Cruz, 31, Roberto Revillo, 18, Mark Anthony Castillo, and Michael Jolo Palma.

Of the 14, seven came from San Miguel, Bulacan, two from Orion, Bataan, one from Bocaue, Bulacan, one from Malabon, Metro Manila, one from Gapan city and two from Cabanatuan City.

De Guzman identified the suspected cybersex den operator as Allan Coloma, also of Bgy. Abar 1st. He remains at large.

Also seized during the operation were 18 computer monitors, 17 computer mouse devices, 17 keyboards, 17 CPUs, a router and a computer modem.

Di namin inaasahan talaga na ganun pala ang activity ginagawa sa loob ng apartment na iyon, nakita talaga sa mga monitors doon may mga hubad na babae tapos ang conversation iba talaga, may nag-e-extort ng pera, may mga lalaki at babae nagpapakita ng malaswa,” said De Guzman.

Santos said the cybersex den has been operating for two years and was not registered under any business name at the city licensing office.

He said its modus operandi was to blackmail their victims, mostly foreigners by selling the webpage link containing the sex videos or pictures of the victim to be able to extort money from the victims.

De Guzman said Onnie remains at large but will be slapped with violation of Republic Act 9165 before the city prosecutor’s office.

Aside from the 14 arrested cyber-crime suspects, Santos said Coloma will also be charged with violations of Section 4 (c) (1) of Republic Act 10175 and Article 201, Art 294 and Sec 4(e) of Republic Act 9209.