The National Bureau of Investigation Cybercrime Division is tracking down the persons behind the circulation through social media and emails of fake lists of alleged drug personalities and protectors in Negros Occidental, John Chiong of Task Force Kasanag, said yesterday.
In fact the Cybercrime Division already has one suspect believed responsible for the circulation of two lists, Chiong, whose name was included in one list, said.
A third list sent the Visayan DAILY STAR yesterday came from an alleged Victor Go at email@example.com .
Chiong had sought an investigation by the Cybercrime Division to get to the bottom of the matter.
He withheld the name of the suspect but described him as a person facing numerous libel cases and a rape case. The suspect even placed his name on one of the list so he will not be suspected of being behind its release, Chiong said.
The lists include the names of a congressman, two mayors, a vice mayor, four councilors, including three from Bacolod City, policemen, drug personalities and members of the media.
Rep. Stephen Paduano (Abang Lingkod Partylist) who was included on one list said anybody can just put his name there, he will look into it when he gets back to Negros.
He said PDEA and PNP official statements on the matter are needed.
Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano said he will air his side in a press conference today, while Hinigaran Mayor Jose Nadie Arceo could not be reached for comment.
PDEA-6 spokesperson David Garcia said information on lists from unverified sources are considered hearsay, until proven and verified as correct.
He said the PDEA 6 had not received such lists of alleged drug personalities and protectors.
Chiong said the NBI Cybercrime Division is building its evidence against the suspect behind the circulation of the fake lists.
The lists were apparently released to stir trouble among those mentioned and cause fights, he said.
Media groups in Negros Occidental are set to release a joint statement today denouncing the malicious spreading of the drug lists, that include names of their colleagues.
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said anybody’s name can be put on lists that are circulated by anonymous persons.
However, what is real is that the drug problem still exists in Negros Occidental. In fact the police in January arrested 65 persons for the sale of drugs in the province, he said.*
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