A former provincial administrator has filed a complaint against a Facebook user who allegedly posted a fake photo of him wearing a CIDG detainee shirt and tag.
Alfonso “Ae” Damalerio reported to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Bohol Provincial Field Unit (PFU) that his picture was maliciously edited and posted on the Facebook page of Willy Ramasola a.k.a. Emmanuel Ramasola.
The post claimed that Damalerio was arrested for violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and had a criminal case number SB-16-CRM-0052 dated September 18, 2023.
However, according to the certification issued by PLt Col Arwyn Derilo Gaffud, CIDG Bohol Provincial Chief, Damalerio has never been arrested nor mugshot by their unit.
The post is fake and unauthorized to publish in social media, according to the certification recorded by Patrolman Prince Joshua Zoleta, CIDG Investigator.
CIDG Bohol PFU has prepared a case of cyber libel against Ramasola for spreading false and defamatory information about Damalerio.
Damalerio is a businessman and a resident of Barangay San Isidro, Tagbilaran City.
He said he does not know Ramasola’s motive for posting the fake photo.
CIDG Bohol PFU urged the public to be vigilant and critical of the information they see online and to report any suspicious or malicious posts to their office.
Cyber libel is a form of defamation that is done online, such as on social media, blogs, websites, or email. It is when someone makes false and malicious statements that harm the reputation of another person or entity.
Cyber libel can have serious consequences for both the victim and the perpetrator, as it can cause emotional distress, damage to one’s credibility, and legal liability.
According to Philippine laws, cyber libel is punishable by imprisonment of six to twelve years or a fine, or both.