3 net cafes raided for selling pornographic sites

Subscribe Now February 08, 2012 at 11:45am

THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Davao Region is set to file charges before the City Prosecution Office against 10 owners of three Internet cafes in Tagum City for allegedly selling pornographic websites. Agents of the CIDG-Davao Region seized around 45 computer units and other materials in a simultaneous raid on three Internet establishments in Tagum City around 2 p.m. on February 2.

To face charges for allegedly selling pornographic websites are Katherine M. Bagares, Marco Antonio Obeso, Jeffrey Reyla, and Charlie Perez, of the Golden Link Chat Support; Joey Mangubat, Lecil Jean Mangubat, Jeffrey Rivera, and one Michelle, of the Link Zone; and Jessah Mangubat and Marven Espaldon, of Titans.

Judge Danilo C. Belo of the Regional Trial Court branch 31 in Tagum City issued the search warrant on the three establishments.

The raid was conducted by joint elements of the CIDG-Davao Region and CIDG's Anti-Transnational and Cyber Crimes Division Regional Digital Forensic Laboratory (ATCCDRDFL).

Police Officer 3 Lino Warren Almonia, CIDG Cyber Crime investigator, said the respondents will be charged with violation of Article 201, otherwise known as Immoral Doctrines, Obscene Publications and Exhibitions, and Indecent Shows, of the Revised Penal Code.

The penalty of prison mayor or a fine ranging from P6,000 to P12,000, or both, will be imposed if respondents are found guilty.

Among the pornographic websites that the respondents are selling are as follows: adultmovieclub.com; devilpass.com; allvirgincherry.com; youradultpass.com; and livevideoclub.com.

"Most of their target customers were foreigners because part of their modus is to swindle money through credit cards of their customers. Once they have successfully registered their customer to the website katapat na niyan pera pero di alam ng customers' nila," Almonia said.

Almonia added that the respondents earned P650 per successful registration of their customers.

The CIDG-Davao Region has placed the establishments under surveillance after receiving several reports from Manila about their alleged illegal operation.

The CIDG-Davao confiscated 45 computer units, desktop computers, laptops and its peripherals connected or remote, modem and routers, documents and articles used in recruitments, electronic devices, CDs and DVDs, flash disk, diskettes, camera, video camera, Xerox machines, scanners, telephones sets, LCD monitor, USB thumb drive, and other storage media, among others.

Source: sunstar.com.ph



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