CEBU Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said they filed a petition asking the court to issue a hold-departure order against German national Thomas Ruhland.

Ruhland, 43, is considered as the biggest supplier of cyberpornography videos and photos worldwide.

He sells his materials to his customers in Europe, Japan and the United States.

Magpale, co-chair of the Provincial Women’s Commission, said she was informed by the new jail warden of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) that Ruhland was able to contact his office in Germany and he expects that he will be out of jail by February.

“Maybe he is planning to escape or maybe he expects to win his case. I am worried he will win the case like what happeed to the case of Ruby,” Magpale said.

The vice governor is referring to the kidnapping with homicide case filed against Bella Ruby Santos, who was later acquitted by the court.

“We filed the petition for a hold-departure order just in case it is true that Ruhland will win his case,” she said.

Magpale then disclosed that the consul of Germany visited her office and informed her they are trying to connect with the persons Ruhland contacted in Germany.

To prevent Ruhland from contacting anybody outside his prison cell, Magpale wants the Provincial Government to purchase mobile phone jammers for the CPDRC.

Magpale believes it is needed because the officers inside the jail can hardly monitor all the inmates inside the facility.

CPRDC, which is located in Barangay Kalunasan, houses an estimated 2,000 inmates.