The Department of Justice, through the Office of Cybercrime, responded to 150 reports of allegations of unfair debt collection schemes and cyber-harassment by online loan companies.
In a report to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, the officer in charge of the OOC, Charito Zamora, said the 150 reports had been “approved by the office of the chief executive officer”.
Zamora said the reports have undergone an initial assessment if they are covered by the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 and other related laws, and subject to “technical oversight and open source investigation into subjects involved “.
She said that if a report merited a full investigation, it would be approved by law enforcement agencies like the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police.
According to her, some reports have been “approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission for appropriate action.”
If a report is ripe for filing formal complaints, victims are advised to “execute a complaint affidavit through a private lawyer, public prosecutor, or enforcement authority. of the law, to be filed with the appropriate prosecution office ”.
Last April, the DOJ-OCC advised the public to report harassment and other illegal schemes by OLCs.
The OOC executive noted that the notice was issued “in response to the growing number of reports received and approved of unfair debt collection practices and cyber-harassment by online loan companies.”