PNP to file charges vs. blogger Drew Olivar over bomb joke

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Blogger Drew Olivar will face charges soon for a bomb joke, the country's top cop said. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 24) — More charges await blogger Drew Olivar for yet another controversial post on social media. 

Director-General Oscar Albayalde, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, said Olivar will face charges of spreading false bomb threat information in one of the rallies during the 46th anniversary of the martial law declaration.

"Hindi lang siya maaresto that time kasi nangyari 'yun medyo matagal na [He wasn't arrested immediately because he posted the joke quite sometime ago] but he will be formally charged in court for violation of PD 1727," Albayalde told the media Monday. 

Presidential Decree 1727 prohibits "malicious dissemination of false information or the willful making of any threat concerning bombs, explosives or any similar device or means of destruction and imposing penalties therefore."

Violators may be punished with imprisonment of not more than five years, or a maximum fine of ₱40,000.

Olivar posted on his Facebook page on September 21 a warning for rallyists in EDSA that a bomb explosion may occur similar to that of the Plaza Miranda bombing in Quiapo, Manila in 1971. 

This latest social media development comes after a series of controversial posts from the blogger along with Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson. The tandem received backlash for their "Pepederalismo" videos and another video mocking the deaf community.

The Philippine Federation of the Deaf filed a complaint with the Ombudsman on September 20 against Uson and Olivar for making fun of sign language and violating their rights. 

Albayalde did not detail when the charges will be filed but Director Guillermo Eleazar, Metro Manila police chief, earlier mentioned they are eyeing filing it as soon as possible.