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Acorda files case vs vlogger for using his photo on alleged destab plot vs PBBM

Gen. Benjamin Acorda, Jr., chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), filed on Monday, Jan. 8, a criminal case against a retired Army general for allegedly using his photo to sow disinformation that the police is withdrawing support from President Marcos.

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(photo: PNP-PIO)

A case of violation of Article 154 of the Revised Penal Code in relation to Cybercrime Law was filed by Acorda before the Quezon city Prosecutor’s Office against retired military general Johnny Macanas.

PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo said the case was in relation to the viral post of Macanas in the social media that the police and the military are convincing Marcos to step down using the photo of Acorda and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Romeo Brawner.

“This case was filed because of sowing disinformation that the Chief PNP has withdrawn support from the President and that the President is being encouraged to resign,” said Fajardo in a press briefing at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Fajardo said the filing of the case is Acorda’s way of sending a message that while the police respect the right of any person for freedom of expression and the right to express their opinion, all of these must be done within the bounds of the law.


photo: PNP-PIO

In this case, Fajardo said that the use of a photo of Acorda to support a false claim is plain and simple violation of the law.

“Spreading disinformation to advance your personal or even political interest at the expense of another person is wrong. As what the Chief PNP said, the use of his photo to gain support is unforgivable,” said Fajardo.

“This issue is not only about the Chief PNP, this is also about pushing to stop lies and disinformation. We should stop spreading lies and deception,” she added.

During Monday’s flag-raising ceremony at Camp Crame, Acorda lambasted vloggers for spreading disinformation on social media over his purported action to convince President Marcos to resign.

“It hurts me that there are some people who, for the sake of gaining popularity through their vlogs, would sow disinformation. No less than my face, the face of the CSAFP (Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines) posted on viral and saying the AFP and the PNP withdrawing support or asking the resignation of the President, it’s unforgivable,” said Acorda in his speech.

“We don’t tolerate these things. We respect the freedom of expression and freedom of speech but of course as law enforcers we are mandated by law to protect the community and enforce the law,” he added.

Fajardo, for her part, said the PNP has been observing an apolitical stand and will always uphold the Constitution.

“The PNP will always uphold the Constitution and obey legal orders of the duly constituted authorities. We are 100 percent behind this administration. PNP will remain apolitical, we remain solid and intact and professional,” said Fajardo.

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