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Pro-Duterte blogger arrested in Baguio over cyber libel charges

Frank Cimatu
Pro-Duterte blogger arrested in Baguio over cyber libel charges

Niño Barzaga's Facebook page

Niño Barzaga is arrested outside his home after police served a 2018 warrant for his arrest for three counts of cyber libel

Pro-Duterte video blogger Niño Barzaga was arrested outside his home last Wednesday, June 23, by a composite team of the Manila Police District (MPD) special mayor action team and the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO).

According to BCPO spokesperson Major Judy Jasmin Palicos, police served Barzaga an arrest warrant issued on August 6, 2018, by a Cabanatuan court for three counts of cyber libel.

The warrant was issued as late as August 8, 2018 by Regional Trial Court Branch 28 Judge Trese Wenceslao in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, stemming from criminal case numbers 28198-AF, 28219-AF and 28200-AF and for the crime of libel in relation to RA 10175, the cybercrime prevention act of 2012.

MPD’s special mayor’s action team, led by Police Lieutenant Colonel Rosalino Ibay Jr., waited for Barzaga to finish his video blog before arresting him outside his home.

On his FB page, Barzaga did not disclose where he was brought.

He simply said, “Maraming gwapo dito sa loob inferness (There are many handsome men inside, in fairness)” and “Pag sa labas pag mang-lalake ako kailangan ko magbayad dito want to sawa tnx god sa blessing ng 2 night (If I’m outside I would need to pay to get boys but here it’s unlimited. Thanks God for the blessing tonight).”

Barzaga is also known as “Boy Mura” because of his broadcasting manners and foul language in videos. His blog already has about 30,000 followers.

Barzaga has previously earned the ire of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Raffy Tulfo, and many others for his hateful comments.

Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas said she is willing to sue Barzaga for possible violation of Republic Act No. 4200, or the Anti-Wiretapping Law, after he posted a lewd phone conversation with her online last June 2 while pretending to be retired Bishop Teodoro Bacani.

Barzaga, pretending to be the bishop, first asked her about her plans for Independence Day before cursing her.

Later, Brosas received hate calls and text messages, apparently from Barzaga’s fans.

Ellen Tordesillas of Malaya and Vera Files also saidBarzaga did the same stunt of pretending to be Bishop Bacani and cursing her several times last June 11. – Rappler.com

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