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Not a joke! Criminal charges possible vs. blogger Drew Olivar over bomb scare post- NCRPO

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Blogger Drew Olivar may face criminal charges for claiming there was a bomb threat during the rallies held on Friday to mark the 46th year since the declaration of Martial Law, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said.

NCRPO chief Director Guillermo Eleazar said Olivar may be charged with violation of Presidential Decree 1727, which prohibits the malicious dissemination of threats related to bombs and explosives, and Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

Eleazar said they have elevated the matter to the city prosecutor to determine whether Olivar should be charged.

In a Facebook post during the Martial Law anniversary, Olivar said: “Ay nakakatakot naman magrally sa Edsa, kasi may kumakalat na baka maulit daw ‘yung pagbomba kagaya ng Plaza Miranda! Kung ako sa inyo hindi na ako pupunta!”

Despite the blogger’s apology, Eleazar said he is not yet off the hook. He noted that the law does not distinguish the person’s motive when a bomb scare was made.

“Walang weigth ang good faith.. sa atin ay elements lang [ng crime under PD 1727],” he said.