The PNP ACG implemented a search warrant with number 17-27296 issued by Judge Maria Victoria A Soriano-Villadolid, RTC Branch 24, Manila for Violation of RA 8293 (Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines) pursuant to Section 6 of RA 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act) on May 16, 2017 at about 7:30 PM at a cellphone repair shop located at Calamba Central Terminal, Brgy Real, Calamba City, in a report submitted to PDG RONALD M DELA ROSA, Chief, PNP early this morning.
Arrested during the implementation of the search warrant was the owner of the repair shop identified as Jamal Miraato Macalabo @ Jamal Abdulmalik, @Handsolow, @Lamaj Macalabo. The forensic examiner was able to view the pirated movies saved on his computer while active and the utorrent website was open with lots of pirated movies saved in his external drives attached to the computer.
According to PSSUPT RONALDO F DE JESUS, Officer -In-Charge of PNP ACG, the operation stemmed from the complaint filed by the Motion Picture Association of America regarding a group of individuals for camcording movies in cinemas in Metro Manila. He said that the arrested suspect was involved in selling pirated movies.
Confiscated from his possession are 2 computer desktops, 3 external drives, Globe Modem, 2 DVD writers, 1 samsung J7, 1 acer laptop, and 1 AVR.
PSSUPT DE JESUS reminds the public that downloading and buying of pirated movies and software are sources of malicious software (malware). This malwares can encrypt files of our computers and can even destroy them, he said.
According to the cyber security experts, most malwares come from pirated software because it cannot be updated and the hackers can embed phishing kits that can encrypt and capture personal information of the user, the official further said.
The arrested suspect will be charge for violation of Section 177 in relation to Section 217 of Republic Act 8293 (Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines) pursuant to Section 6 of Republic Act 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012) before the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Department of Justice (DOJ).