Metro Manila police eyes filing complaint vs. blogger over bomb scare

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Metro Manila police chief CSupt. Guillermo Eleazar talks to blogger Drew Olivar and Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 22) — The Metro Manila police is considering filing complaint over a popular blogger over posts of a bomb threat on his social media accounts.

Metro Manila police chief CSupt. Guillermo Eleazar said they are verifying information on Drew Olivar's posts.

"If ever makakuha tayo ng [we can get] evidence that warrants the filing of case, we will refer the appropriate case and violation of this to the Office of the Civil Prosecutor," he said.

Olivar, who has recently drawn flak with Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson for the "Pepedederalismo" videos and his mockery of the deaf community in another video blog, is in hot water again for a bomb scare.

On the 46th anniversary of the martial law declaration, Olivar posted on his Facebook account that there are rumors of a bomb threat similar to that of the Plaza Miranda bombing in 1971.

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The blogger then explained his side saying that he did not intend to sow fear among protesters.

"Wala naman po akong intesyion na magbigay ng takot sa mga tao, sa mga Pilipino," Olivar explained. "Kahit magkakaiba kami ng pinapaniwalaan, concerned pa rin ako sa buhay ng bawat Pilipino."

[Translation: I have no intention to sow fear among Filipinos. Even though we don't believe in the same things, I'm concerned about the lives of Filipinos.]

Uson, who was also at the briefing, said she will further guide Olivar with his posts.

"Tinanong ko nga itong si Drew kung ano ba itong naipost niya so nabasa ko nga po at ang sabi niya ekpresyon niya yun ng kanyang takot para sa sarili niya at sa mga kabigan na pupunta doon kaya niya nasabing mag-ingat," he said.

[Translation: I asked Drew what he posted and when I read it, he explained it was an expression of fear for himself and for his friends. And that's why he told others to be wary.]

Eleazar said Olivar may have violated Presidential Decree 1727, which declares as "unlawful the 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."

Those found violating this law may be punished with imprisonment of not more than five years, or a maximum fine of ₱40,000.00.

Eleazar then said charges may be filed by the end of the week.

And since his post was re-shared through social media, Olivar might also face charges for violating the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

Eleazar then reminded the public to contact authorities for any bomb threat they receive, as it will sow fear despite not being validated.

The Metro Manila police may be contacted through 09158888181 or 09999018181.