Online seller of abortion pills nabbed

September 19, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 819 views

A MAN selling abortion pills online was arrested by agents of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) in an entrapment operation Monday inside the 999 Shopping Mall in Binondo, Manila, said Brigadier General Sydney S. Hernia, director of PNP-ACG.

Enrique Jose Buda Jr., 29 years old and a resident of 1121 Castillejos Street in Barangay 306, Quiapo, Manila, is now facing criminal charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9711, or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009, as amended by RA 3720, or the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, in relation to RA 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, the official said.

According to Hernia, ACG cyber-patrollers launched an online exploitation of a Facebook post on the sale of โ€œabortion pillโ€ being advertised through the Facebook Marketplace โ€œCytotec of the Philippinesโ€ last August 14.

During the online exploitation, members of the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit (RACU) 3 led by Major Rodolfo Omar Haradji managed to set a deal with the accused at the Binondo mall.

During their series of online conversations, the accused last August 23 offered to sell the alleged โ€œDoc Cherry Whiteโ€ which turned out to be an abortion pill for P3,500.

The RACU 3 officers, with the assistance of members of the Manila Police District (MPD) Meisic Police Station led by Lieutenant Colonel Rexson Layug and the Manila District Anti-Cybercrime Team led by Captain Marlon Flores, conducted the sting which led to the suspectโ€™s arrest and the recovery of over a dozen Cytotec tablets and the marked money he received from an undercover agent.

The accused is now being held in an MPD lockup facility pending the disposition of his case.