Man hikes Duterte slay offer to P150M, nabbed

Joemarc Ebcay
The arrested suspect identified as Joemarc Ebcay

POLICE on Thursday arrested a 40-year-old resident of Ozamiz City for posting that he will offer P150 million to anybody who could kill President Rodrigo Duterte.

Suspect Joemarc Ebcay, a jobless resident of Purok Matinud-anon in Bgy. Maningcol, Ozamiz City,became the latest ‘jokester’ to be arrested for threatening to kill the Chief Executive this week.

Ebcay’s comment: “Para sa akin nman 150 milyon kung sino ang makapatay kay du30. Bibigyan ko. Kung wala ako nalang papatay kay Duterte.”

The Misamis Occidental Police Provincial Office did not take the Facebook comment lightly and launched a hunt for the suspect.

Shortly after noon Thursday, Ebcay surrendered to Ozamis City Police Station personnel headed by Lieutenant Colonel Shirwen Lapiz and admitted he was the one who posted the comment on Facebook. He also turned over his phone, an android Samsung Galaxy which he used to post the comment on Facebook.

During questioning by officers led by Captain Dennis Tano, the suspect admitted that he used the name ‘Joemark Medina’ on his Facebook account.

According to Police Regional Office 10 director, Brigadier General Rolando B .Anduyan, the suspect will be facing charges for Inciting to Sedition (Article 142 of the Revised Penal Code in Relation to the Anti-Cyber Crime Law.

Last Tuesday, police arrested 40-year old Ronald Quiboyen while the National Bureau of Investigation nabbed Ronnel Mas, a 25-year old public school teacher from Sta. Cruz, Zambales province for committing the same offense.

The Presidential Security Group said that threatening to kill the President, even if it were meant to be a joke is an offense that would land the accused in jail even if he is merely joking or just want instant fame.

The Police Regional Office 6 headed by Brig. Gen. Rene P. Pamuspusan said that Quiboyen was arrested by members of the Malay Municipal Police Station in his residence in Sitio Hagdan in Barangay Yapak 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for ‘offering P100 million’ to anyone who could kill the Commander-in-Chief.

On Tuesday, the NBI said Mas was subjected to inquest proceedings although he has already apologized for his tweet. “Nagso-sorry po ako kay President Rodrigo Duterte. Hindi ko po intensyon ‘yun. ‘Yung tweet na ‘yun kumbaga saloobin ko lang kaso walang pumapansin, kaya nagawa ko ‘yun,” the teacher said in a video posted by the arresting NBI agents.

However, Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, said Mas will not easily get off the hook despite his apology. “Apology is not one of the grounds for extinguishing criminal liability. I cannot feloniously injure another and get away with it by merely saying ‘sorry’,” he explained.

NBI Officer-In-Charge ,Director Eric Distor assured that the NBI will carry out its mandate under Republic Act 10867, the NBI Reorganization and Modernization Act, in cases involving threats against the President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Distor said Mas was presented for inquest on Tuesday afternoon before the Department of Justice  for allegedly inciting to sedition in relation to Republic Act 10175, the Cyber Crime Prevention Act of 2012 and for violating RA 6713, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials.

The arrest was made after Mas posted on his Twitter account the statement: “I will give P50 million reward kung sino makakapatay kay Duterte.”