MANILA (CNA) – The Philippines’ Justice Ministry ordered law enforcers to investigate a post on the social media platform TikTok threatening to assassinate presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr, acting on a tip received by its cybercrime unit.
“If a bomb joke is actionable, so is a threat of assassination, whether true or not,” Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra told reporters.
Head of the DoJ’s Cybercrime UnitCharito Zamora said her office received a “text report” from a concerned citizen on Friday about a TikTok post which said: “We are meeting everyday to prepare to have BBM assassinated. Get ready.”
Zamora said her office has referred the matter to the police and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and has requested TikTok to preserve data related to the account while authorities conduct a probe.
Guevarra said “the NBI will give priority attention to any validated information pertaining to a threat to the personal security of any presidential aspirant”.
Marcos’s Chief of Staff Vic Rodriguez, commended the Justice Ministry for “its swift and uncompromising response to uncover those behind this open threat to harm and kill presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos”.
“While this assassination plot is concerning, we are not cowered by such threat,” Rodriguez said in a statement.