ABS-CBNnews.com | 10/23/2012 11:25 AM
MANILA, Philippines – An Australian man has been imprisoned in San Vicente, Ilocos Sur for posting a sex video on his wife’s Facebook page.
The video shows him having intercourse with his wife.
Michael John Carroll, 55, allegedly posted the video as revenge for the Bureau of Immigration’s rejection of his petition to stay in the Philippines so he could be with his 36-year-old wife “Rose” (not her real name).
Carroll is jailed at the police station in San Vicente. He refused to give a statement to the media.
His wife Rose alleged that aside from humiliating her by posting the video online, Carrol also threatened her family.
“Gusto ko panagutan niya lahat ng paninira niya sa akin sa post niya sa Facebook. Parang pinatay na niya ako, at saka talagang sobra ang pananakot niya sa akin,” Rose said.
According to Sr. Insp. Manuel Viaje, they are studying what charges to file against Carroll, as Republic Act No. 10175, also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, is still under a temporary restraining order (TRO) .
A TRO was issued by the Supreme Court on October 9, after citizens waged protests against the Cybercrime Law on the streets and online. Oral arguments are scheduled on January 15, 2013.
“Irerefer pa lang namin sa abogado kung ano ang dapat maisampa na kaso,” Viaje said.
Rose’s family said that they want the Cybercrime Law to be implemented so that a heavy punishment can be laid on Carroll, who used social networking sites to take away Rose’s dignity.
“Siguro mas madali hanapin ang hustisya dahil sa ngayon, nangangapa kami kung papaano hanapin ang histisya para sa kanya, hindi lang para sa kanya kundi sa buong pamilya dahil apektado na rin kami,” Rose’s sibling said.
They also said that while they are sad that Rose’s marriage to Carroll has disintegrated, they don’t want her to needlessly suffer.
Carroll may face charges for violation of Republic Act 9262, the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act.
Rose and Carroll met in November 2011 on the internet. They married in May this year in the Philippines. – with a report from Bryan Realgo, ABS-CBN Regional News Group