Salesman arrested for social media post against Bong Go, Duterte

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) — A salesman was arrested in Agusan del Norte for his social media post against Senator Bong Go and President Rodrigo Duterte, police said.

Reynaldo Orcullo was arrested on Wednesday in Nasipit town for his Facebook comments that the regional police office described as libelous.

He wrote that Go, the President's former aide, tries to appear as a hero by making a scripted request to Duterte. He also called Duterte a crazy man.

“ALAM NA PATTERN, MOSALIDA SI GO KONUHAY SIYA MOHANGYO SA BUANG NGA PANGULO, DIGONG GAGO. BUANG SI DIGONG," authorities quoted him as saying.

[Translation: We know the pattern. Go will try to make a scripted request to crazy Digong. Digong is stupid. Digong is crazy.]

Also released were pictures of the 41-year-old salesman as his mugshots were taken by police for violation of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

"I remind our social media users to think thrice before posting on any social media platform. Be responsible netizens. We do enjoy the blessings of democracy but never go beyond from what you think is right without minding you violate the provisions of the law," Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., Caraga regional police chief, said in a statement.

In the same week, at least four arrests have been made for their social media posts against Duterte, who has been known to make public threats against church officials and his critics. A teacher in Zambales, a habal-habal driver in Boracay, and a 26-year-old woman in Cebu have been nabbed for offering a reward to whoever can kill Duterte. Cybercrime and sedition charges are expected to be filed against them.