Teacher arrested for offering P50M to anyone who can kill Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – A public school teacher from Zambales was in tears after being arrested for tweeting threats against the life of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Teacher arrested for offering P50M to anyone who can kill Duterte

Teacher arrested for offering P50M to anyone who can kill Duterte
NBI nabbed public school teacher for allegedly offering P50M to anyone who could kill the president. Photo Credit: NBI

The teacher from Sta. Cruz, Zambales, later identified as Ronnel Mas, a Social Studies teacher at Taltal National High School was caught after he allegedly offered P50 million bounty to anyone who can kill Duterte.

Using the Twitter handle @RonPrince_, the 25-year-old teacher tweeted, “I will give 50-M reward kung sino ang makakapatay kay Duterte #NoToABSCBNShutDown."

Supporters of the president quickly tagged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to express their concern over the threat.

The National Bureau of Investigation-Dagupan was able to successfully trace the man behind the tweet. The suspect initially denied the accusations but later on became emotional as he begged the authorities for his freedom.

“Nagso-sorry po [ako] kay Presidente Rodrigo Duterte at nagawa (ko) ito, iyong tweet na iyon, hindi ko po intensyon iyon, hindi ko po intensyon iyon," Mas said.

He added that he didn't intend for his tweet to become viral. “Sa totoo po kasi, iyong Twitter iyong nagiging saloobin ko, pero walang pumapansin kaya nagawa ko iyon," he said.

The teacher was turned over to NBI Central Office for inquest proceedings. NBI Dagupan Chief Rizaldy Jaymalin said he will face charges of inciting sedition related to cybercrime, and violation of Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

NBI Director Eric Distor said they will not take the case lightly as it threatens the security of the President.

He said that the NBI is "serious in carrying out its mandate to pursue cases involving threats to security or assaults against the person of the President as well as of the Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court."

— Sally, The Summit Express

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