Paolo Bediones identifies suspect in sex video upload

TV5 news anchor Paolo Bediones has identified the suspects who uploaded his sex video, which stirred massive controversy after going viral.

A report on GMA news "24 Oras" said the 40-year-old broadcast journalist asked the assistance of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti Cybercrime Group (ACG) to investigate.

His primary suspects? The technicians who repaired his laptop.

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According to ACG head Chief Inspector Jay Guillermo, Bediones brought his laptop to a technician in Quezon City to have it fixed. After three months, he received a letter about the sex video.

Based on his affidavit of complaint, the TV host-anchor received the blackmail letter in 2009. One more letter and a text message followed.

Initial investigation showed that the technician passed the laptop of Paolo Bediones to another computer repair shop. This makes them the primary suspects who could be charged for violating Republic Act 10175 or the Anti Cybercrime Law.

Investigators found out that the sex video was first posted on Facebook and shared over a million times on social media.

Police warned that persons who shared the video as well as media organizations, websites, and blogs that published screenshots from it can get sued if Paolo Bediones wants to.

The acts, police said, are considered as a way of helping the culprits in circulating the material. Those responsible can be charged under Section 5 of the Anti-Cybercrime Law.