By Ashzel Hachero | Malaya Business Insight
THE camp of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. yesterday said the Office of Cybercrime of the Department of Justice is investigating a supposed assassination plot against the former senator as posted on the online video sharing application TikTok.
Vic Rodriguez, chief of staff and spokesperson of Marcos, said the DOJ-OOC informed them about the ongoing probe.
The DOJ unit got a text message from an unnamed concerned citizen about the TikTok post, officer in charge Charito Zamora said as she confirmed the investigation.
“As a matter of procedure, whenever our office would receive an email or text reporting something that some concerned citizens must be looked into, we act on it. The threat of assassination against anyone, under the law, is considered grave threats,” Zamora said.
A screengrab of the TikTok video showed the account holder posting: “We are meeting every day to plan BBM’s assassination. Get ready.”
Zamora said her office has already started its inquiry and has “referred the same to the NBI Cybercrime Division and the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group for further investigation.”
She said they have also coordinated with the Tik Tok Law Enforcement Outreach to look into the matter and preserve any data related to the subject account.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he has directed the NBI to validate the tip.
“Pending verification, we are keeping other details confidential for security reasons. The NBI will give priority attention to any validated information pertaining to a threat to the personal security of any presidential aspirant,” Guevarra said.
Asked if other presidential candidates have also received threats to their lives, Guevarra said the DOJ has not gotten any information.
Rodriguez said the threat will not affect their scheduled activities.
“While the report on the assassination plot is concerning, we are not cowered by such threat. Bongbong shall continue to personally deliver his message around the country with firm resolve to unify the nation,” he said.