Facebook Scandal 2011 — Alexander Rible Case

The Alexander Rible Facebook Scandal is now being considered as a test case, or a historical first since the “cyberboso” law, legally known as Republic Act 9995 or the “Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009” took effect last year.

Republic Act No. 9995, which was signed into law by former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on February 15, 2010, is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 2357, passed on December 1, 2009, and House Bill No. 6571 passed on November 18, 2009.

Alexander Rible is a dean of a Metro Manila school who was accused of violating Section 4 (a) of RA 9995 that prohibits any person “to take photo or video coverage of a person or group of persons performing sexual act or any similar activity or to capture an image of the private area of a person/s such as the naked or undergarment clad genitals, public area, buttocks or female breast without the consent of the person/s involved and under circumstances in which the person/s has/have a reasonable expectation of privacy.”

It was reported on TV and national paper that Alexander Rible posted on Facebook nude photos of a student, the true identity of whom is being hidden by the names “Annika” or “Cathy” after she decided to let go of the supposed indecent relationship that started in 2009.

The dean was said to have been vindictive and thus started blackmailing the victim using the social networking site Facebook. The account which Rible purportedly created for his purpose has been taken down.

According to the latest reports, Alexander Rible is also facing rape charges and violation of Anti-Sexual Harassment Act (RA 7877) and Anti-Violation of Women and Children Act (RA 9262).

Rible, however, remains a freeman after he reportedly posted a P7,000 bail bond.

Anyone found guilty of violating RA 9995 will be meted with imprisonment of not less than three years and fine of not less than P100,000.

While we were scouring the internet for facts on the case of Alexander Rible, we stumbled upon a 2009 article about a professor of De La Salle University in Dasmariñas, Cavite, who was accused of robbery/extortion.

The professor, also named Alexander Rible, allegedly collected P500 each from 3 HRM students in exchange of their passing grades.

Reports said he was arrested in Barangay Burol 2, Cavite City, during an entrapment operation.

If he was one and the same Alexander Rible, then this guy if proven guilty should face punishment at the maximum possible extent of the law.