When Liza Soberano said she isn’t taking rape remarks lightly, she meant it.
On Thursday, September 24, Liza, accompanied by her manager Ogie Diaz and legal counsel Jun Lim, formally filed a criminal complaint in Quezon City against an online user who made a rape comment about the actress.
According to ABS-CBN, Liza’s legal counsel said that the comment left by the person violated RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
The comment was apparently left on a Facebook post by a supposed employee of Converge, Liza's former internet provider which she called out on twitter for poor service.
Screenshots of the comment were shared on social media and retweeted by Liza on September 20. The comment read “wala tayong magagawa, wala ng trabaho, kaya di bale ng masira ang image, magkapera lang. Sarap ipa-rape sa mga…ewan!”
(We can't do anything, she has no work, so never mind if her image is ruined, as long as there's money. Wish we could have her raped by…I don't know!)
Liza told ABS-CBN that the comment was very upsetting, especially since it came from a woman.
"I think it's about time that people learn the consequences of speaking like that on social media," she told ABS-CBN's MJ Felipe.
Liza's home network ABS-CBN expressed their support for Liza, saying in a September 24 statement: "Reckless and malicious use of social media should never be tolerated. Moreover, rape is not a joke."
"We applaud Liza’s courage to protect her dignity as a woman. Let this be a lesson to everyone to be responsible in using social media and to be respectful of others," the statement read.
In a September 22 vlog, Ogie said that aside from having their legal team look into the rape comment, they are also looking into an alleged violation of the data privacy act after a Converge employee released a report on the repairs requested by Liza's family.
Converge had previously posted a statement on their Facebook page saying that they were "deeply concerned about the wrongful comments and behavior of some employees over social media," and that they would carry out disciplinary measures accordingly. – Rappler.com