A public school teacher was arrested after posting a tweet offering a P50 million reward to anyone who could kill President Duterte.
The National Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday nabbed the 25-year-old social media user who was later identified as Ronnel Mas.
The tweet was allegedly posted using a private Twitter account but the NBI was able to determine the suspect’s whereabouts by tracing the links of the comments on his post.
In an ABS-CBN report, Mas apologized to the president and said that he only did it to get attention.
“Nagso-sorry po (ako) kay Presidente Rodrigo Duterte at nagawa (ko) ito, iyong tweet na iyon, hindi ko po intensyon iyon, hindi ko po intensyon iyon,” he said.
He added, “Sa totoo po kasi, iyong Twitter iyong nagiging saloobin ko, pero walang pumapansin kaya nagawa ko iyon.”
Mas was brought to the NBI central office for the inquest proceedings and will face inciting to sedition in relation to cybercrime and violation of ethical standards for public officials.
In a video shared by STAR, the suspect expressed regret for his actions and emotionally left a reminder to social media users.
“Sa mga taong tulad ko, ‘wag po natin tutularan yung pagpopost…isipin po natin lalo na po ‘pag may pangarap po tayo sa buhay. Isipin natin ang ating mga pinag p-post, pinag tu-tweet,” he said.