Facebook blackmail ends in arrest

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Friday, March 9, 2012

CEBU CITY – They became friends through Facebook (FB) and started exchanging text messages. He seemed pleasant when she first met up with him in a mall.

But Mr. Nice Guy turned out to be a nightmare of a 16-year-old Filipino-Japanese girl after he blackmailed her by using different Facebook accounts and threatening to upload her nude photos on the Internet if she refused to give him money or have sex with him.

The National Bureau of Investigation-Central Visayas (NBI 7) on Thursday filed criminal charges before the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor against John Jayson Antonio for robbery-extortion and violation of Republic Act 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

CEBU. Police authorities in Cebu City filed Friday charges of grave threats and child abuse against John Jason Antonio, 25, for blackmailing a 16-year-old girl on social networking site Facebook. (Gerome Dalipe IV)


The filing of the complaint came after NBI 7 agents entrapped Antonio inside a mall in Cebu City last March 6.

Antonio, accompanied by a relative, was brought to the City Prosecutor’s Office Thursday afternoon for the preliminary investigation by Assistant City Prosecutor Mario Ley Gidayawan.

The complaints are expected to be filed at the Regional Trial Court today. The suspect declined to be interviewed by reporters.

In her affidavit, the girl, who is from Mandaue City, said Antonio, who introduced himself as “Direck,” befriended her.

She described Direck as having fair complexion, stands 5’6” in height and “seems nice.”

The girl said that a Hayumi Zayura also invited her as a “friend” on Facebook.

Zayura told her that since she is into modeling, she should ingest protein powder so her body “will have a better shape.”

“It sounds so interesting to me so I am happy for his offer,” the girl said in her affidavit.

Zayura later asked her to email her “sexy and nude photos” to see the “before” and “after” effects of the supposed protein powder.

The girl agreed and sent photos to Zayura’s email address.

She said that three weeks later, Zayura told her that her mobile phone was missing.

She told the girl that she transferred the photos she sent to her email account to the mobile phone.

The panic-stricken girl called the “finder” of the supposed missing phone and demanded the return of the phone where her photos were stored.

She later received a text message asking her to pay P10,000 in exchange for the phone.

Sometime on the third week of January, the phone’s finder, who introduced himself as Jhenrick de Jesus, demanded a DLSR camera before he returned the phone with her nude photos.

When the girl told him that she did not have a DLSR camera, he asked for P15,000 instead.

“Out of fear that my nude photos will be posted on the Internet, I stole the iPad of my classmate so I could initially pay (the suspect),” the 16-year-old girl said.

The girl said de Jesus instructed her to give him the iPad through Derick, in exchange for the return of the missing phone containing her sexy photos.

The girl then coordinated with the NBI 7, which planned the entrapment.

At 7:20 p.m. on March 6, an entrapment was launched by the NBI 7 agent, leading to the arrest of Antonio inside the mall.

Recovered from Antonio was the P15,000 marked money.

Investigation by the NBI 7 showed that Antonio duped the girl by making up stories about the protein powder and the missing phone to extort money and other valuables from the girl.

Authorities also found out that de Jesus, Zayura, Direck and Antonio are the same person. The suspect also used several Facebook accounts.

The girl told the NBI 7 agent that Antonio also took the girl’s other valuables, including a camera, violin, earrings and a Walkman. (GMD of Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 09, 2012.

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