Man arrested just for sharing 'Bikoy' videos

MANILA, Philippines – Rodel Jayme, touted earlier as the uploader of the controversial “Bikoy” videos which alleged that President Rodrigo Duterte and his family were involved in the illegal drug trade, did not upload the videos. He only shared them.

Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra disclosed this information in a press briefing at the DOJ on Thursday, May 2.

The Justice Secretary narrated how they completed the arrest. First, he ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe the videos on April 17. Then the NBI found a website which constantly shared the "Bikoy" videos.

“Further investigation disclosed that a certain website with a domain name metrobalita.com was constantly posting links of aforesaid Ang Totoong Narcolist videos, which allows the public easier access thereto,” Guevarra said.

“Using an open-source tool it was found out that the subject website was registered by a certain Rodel Jayme,” he added.

On April 29, the NBI Cybercrime Division secured a search warrant for Jayme’s residence, signed by Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano. On April 30, they searched Jayme’s home and arrested him.

Was he arrested for sharing only? So far, yes.

“Rodel Jayme published the link of the Ang Totoong Narcolist in the said website which facilitated the circulation of the subject videos,” Guevarra said.

But the DOJ Secretary said there might be “possible offenses” he might have committed once the NBI has examined his seized gadgets.

The NBI recovered his computer, phone, and “other paraphernalia”, according to Guevarra.

“We could only confirm that he was the one who created the metrobalita.net,” Guevarra said.

Jayme is currently detained at the NBI office in Padre Faura, Manila, until he undergoes inquest. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

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