THE Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday, June 23, confirmed that it has identified and traced the location of the man who threatened Frankie Pangilinan, daughter of Senator Francis Pangilinan and actress Sharon Cuneta.
“The DOJ-Office of Cybercrime has ascertained the identity and location of the person who allegedly threatened Frankie Pangilinan,” Justice Undersecretary and spokesperson Markk Perete said.
Perete also said the department’s Office of the Cybercrime made a request to Facebook to preserve the content of the account pending the filing of the complaint by the offended party.
“Should a complaint be filed, law enforcers may apply for a warrant to disclose computer data and a request for extradition, if warranted, may be made,” Perete added.
The controversy started when a certain “Sonny Alcos” commented on a Facebook post threatening to rape 19-year-old Frankie.
Frankie was the one who sparked the #HijaAko movement across social media sites.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, for his part, said the Pangilinan family may file the appropriate complaint before a prosecutor’s office if they wish to pursue the case.
He also noted that if the family want it filed before the DOJ, they would have to wait for next week, after the lockdown in the compound is lifted.
“It’s not required that the complainant personally go to the prosecutor’s office/DOJ. Her lawyer may do it for her, provided the complaint has been duly sworn to by the complainant. It is preferable, though, that the complainant personally appears before the prosecutor,”Guevarra said.
Over the weekend, Cuneta vowed she would do whatever it takes to go after Alcos.
Meanwhile, Frankie called for the protection of sexually-harassed victims.
“It just sucks so bad to think about how so many actual victims (not just of threats etc.) can’t even begin to fight for their own justice and here I am, receiving one vile tweet and some people are enraged on my behalf. Can we please unleash the same fire for everyone” she said in a tweet.