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Nartatez creates anti-cybercrime desks

August 21, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 600 views

NartatezNATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director Brigadier General Jose Melencio C. Nartatez Jr. has ordered the establishment of Anti-Cybercrime Desks in all Metro Manila police stations to help address the growing threats of cyber-criminals in the metropolis, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

Citing cybercrime as the greatest threat among Filipinos nowadays, the NCRPO chief said that the creation of the new police desks is part of his commitment to deter the presence of criminals using high technology to scam the public.

He said that the NCRPO Anti-Cybercrime Desks will cater to all cyber-related crimes, including violation of Special Laws related to Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009 as revised under RA 11930 or the Anti-Online Sexual Abuse of Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) and Anti-Child Sexual Abuse or Exploitation Materials (CSAEM) Act of 2022, respectively.

RA 9775 described a ‘child’ as a person below 18 years of age or over but is unable to fully take care of, or protect himself/herself from abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation or discrimination because of a physical or mental disability or condition.

The top cyber-crimes in the country at present are online scams, online libel, online threats, identity theft and photo and video voyeurism.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has also already seen a rise in internet crimes, including fraud, sexual abuse and exploitation and bullying.

Authorities also say that Filipino kids are the 2nd most vulnerable to online threats. There have been studies which found out that six out of 10 children ages 8-12 have been exposed to cyber risks online.

Last week, Nartatez led the closing ceremonies of the Basic Cybercrime Investigation Seminar Classes 2023-01 and 02 at the NCRPO regional headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City. A total of 233 NCRPO personnel finished the course.

Nartatez said the new program is part of their initiative to continuously equip their investigators with the necessary knowledge and competency when it comes to responding to cyber-related incidents in the metropolis.

The official also ordered the establishment of a Process Flow Diagram where the assessment of walk-in complaints, short messaging system (SMS), e- Complaint Desk, e- Complaint Text/Hotline number, and referred cases or through other means must be properly addressed by the duty officer or the duty personnel.

As indicated in the Implementation Plan (ImPlan) related to the launching of the Police Station Cybercrime Desks, police officers who have just graduated from the course will now be designated to man the Cybercrime Desks in their area of responsibilities and will assist in investigating cyber-related concerns under Section 6 of Republic Act No. 10175 otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

He added that in cases where continuing investigation of cybercrime activities is needed, the NCRPO cybercrime teams may apply for Warrants to Disclose Computer Data or Warrants to Examine Computer Data in collaboration with the PNP-ACG.