Man denies posting online threats to celebrities

A RESIDENT from the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) personally appeared at the National Bureau of Investigation - Southern Mindanao Regional Office (NBI-SEMRO), denying claims that he was behind the post on Twitter offering P200 million for those who can kill controversial ABS-CBN celebrities.

Based on the report from NBI-Semro released on May 22, the personality was identified as Nhiel Jhon Abellanosa, 25, a scuba diver, and a resident of Purok 7, Barangay San Miguel, Igacos, whose picture appeared as the profile picture of the user who posted an alarming threat, personally appeared at the NBI Samal Satellite Office on May 21.

Abellanosa wanted to clear his name, disputed that he was behind the post which was posted by a Twitter user @AbellanosaNJ on May 19, 2020 at 4:51 p.m. In the post, the Twitter user offered millions of rewards to whoever could claim the lives of famous celebrities.

The tweet reads, “@adsyyyy Isa ka ba sa mga supporter ni Pangulong Duterte at GMA? Pwes, I will give you 200-million sa sinumang mga Duterte at GMA supporters ang makapatay kina Kim Chiu, Coco Martin at Angel Locsin. Makakasama nyo ang NPA para pasabugin ang ABS-CBN Compound.”

The post has already been taken down and the social media account can no longer be found.

The post reached the attention of actress Angel Locsin who was seemingly unfazed by the threat. She posted the screengrab of the post in her Instagram account jokingly captioned of paging the NBI. “Hello, NBI? Beken nemen po...” with an emoji.

NBI-Semro said Abellanosa bared that he has no Twitter account. While he has a Facebook account since 2011, however, accessing the internet may not be possible considering that his location has no signal.

“Since March 16 to present, he stays at home in Barangay San Miguel, Igacos because of the Covid-19 lockdown. Barangay San Miguel has no cellphone signal,” NBI-Semro said.

To further prove his innocence, Abellanosa surrendered his cellphone, a Vivo Android Y53 Model for technical examination, and asserted his willingness to undergo a lie detector test.

“He is now preparing his affidavit of denial with the assistance of PAO (Public Attorney’s Office) lawyer.

Meanwhile, in her Twitter post, Locsin thanked the NBI after the agency reached out to her and welcomed to assist her and other artists who are receiving threats on social media. She also expressed disinterest in pursuing a case against the perpetrator of the post for now but hinted that she will file a complaint if he repeated the offense.

“For now, ipag-pray ko muna tong mga taong to. Ayoko silang pahirapan pa sa hirap ng buhay ngayon sa kung anong pwede kong ikaso sa kanila. Pag umulit, hindi ko sila aatrasan,” the tweet read.


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