Why police have yet to file a bomb joke complaint against Drew Olivar

September 27, 2018 - 2:55 PM
Blogger Andrew Olivar during the press conference at the NCRPO headquarters (Philstar.com/file photo)

The police need blogger Andrew Olivar’s IP (internet protocol) address before they can file a criminal complaint for his bomb joke on Facebook during the commemoration of former president Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law.

Olivar posted about a possible bombing along EDSA on September 21. Street demonstrations were then being held in many parts of the country.

The IP address that Olivar used to make the post, which had since been deleted, is the missing evidence that the National Capital Region Police Office need to file their complaint.

“We were advised that we have to provide an additional document, in particular, yung internet protocol address is what they are looking for,” NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar said.

The police agency needs the help of the Anti Cybercrime Group of the PNP to determine whether or not Olivar had deleted this information.

“We can get certification from the ACG of the PNP na na-delete na ito at ito na ang pagbabasihan para matuloy na ang kasong ito,” Eleazar said.

It’s been nearly a week since Olivar made the social media stunt and members of the NCRPO have yet to file a case to the Department of Justice.

Eleazar assured that the justice department did not reject the complaint and rather, the document was just for formality.

“For formality, para makumpleto lang. But in the absence of that, (the certification coming from the ACG will do),” Eleazar said.

Last Saturday, Olivar voluntarily submitted himself to the police. Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson of the president’s communication team accompanied him to the NCRPO headquarters in Taguig.

He did not make an apology at the press conference that time and only reasoned out that he was just looking out for Filipinos who joined nationwide demonstrations against authoritarian power.

Olivar was found to have violated the anti-bomb joke law or the Presidential Decree 1727 series of 1980.

“The Internet Protocol, is responsible for addressing, delivering and routing your online requests precisely. It attaches an ‘electronic return address’ to all your online requests and activity for you. The address it uses is the IP address for your connection,” according to Whatismyipaddress.com.

However, unlike your home address, the IP location is not permanent because it varies depending on the network used to connect to the internet.