for the SANDRINE

My Dirty Little Secret, don’t tell anyone.

Most of us know about Ivan Padilla and his gang’s stupid posts online. I just realized that a lot of people still don’t know the power of the internet. Well that’s a good thing, at least for some. Like it gives police an easier way to prove that criminals are indeed criminals and to catch them.

Before this news about Ivan Padilla came out of the television, I saw an article in Yahoo! with the title “Philippine police use Facebook in murder arrest.” The article said that Police officers were able to capture, with the help of technology, Mark Dizon of San Fernando City who murdered nine people.

This is different from Padilla’s case. Police simply used Dizon’s profile picture as an artist’s sketch which they showed to two witnesses who confirmed that Dizon was the killer. Moreover, they saw in Facebook that one of the victim’s daughter was his ex-girlfriend—so there is a connection between the suspect and the victim. That’s it. The entrapment operation was a go.

Perhaps Ivan was too busy tweeting their evil plans that he did not see this Yahoo! news—that he wasn’t able to think about the effects of using the internet. I just can’t believe he didn’t know that. It’s already hard to hide dirty secrets by having a Facebook account alone.

Anyway in relation to Dizon’s case, it’s not only thinking about what you put online anymore, but also about thinking before you do something “evil”—in the real world.  Can you really handle the consequences? Are you sure you really wanna do it? Because there’s something that just can’t shut the hell up.

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I also want to share an experience, related to this topic, of someone I know. She was just a newbie in the autoload business at that time, and one day she received a message from an acquaintance, “Sino nagloload dyan?” She replied at once of course and sent two PhP 150s as requested by that contact. A little later she received another text from “that person” asking to send the same amount to another number indicated in the text. So she did.

When she got home that night, she logged in on Facebook and found out that the cellphone of the person who she thought was texting her got stolen. And there, she lost PhP 600 without any way of getting that snatcher to at least pay for the load (of course her only real concern was her business).

Yes it was too late when she read that status message, but at least she was able to stop the snatcher from further stealing load from her.

While the internet is helping you out on your homework, court your girlfriend, update you on current affairs or what have you, it’s making it hard for bad people to do their stuff without getting caught, whether they use it or not. This place is not for them.

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5 responses

  1. Hi Sandrine,
    I also saw the news about Facebook used by the police to catch a criminal. I think people are becoming smarter in terms of utilizing social media. We are already aware of the different online crimes such as hacking and the like but now we are given a different perspective where social media can actually help trace criminals. Some people think that they can keep things private using different privacy settings but for me, if we want something to be kept as a secret, the internet should be the last thing in mind. I think there is always a way to find what you have put out there. So for people who took the risk, they should always be ready to face the consequences. They should not complain about their privacy being invaded if in the first place, they were the ones who put it online. I think this makes the internet thrilling and interesting – we can’t hide the things we already placed there. The saying “Think before you act” is definitely a must.

    August 12, 2010 at 12:48 pm

  2. This goes to show that Ivan Padilla is one of the people who loves using the Internet but does not know its consequences. I’ve read a similar case where this American serial killer got caught because he used a CD to taunt the police. What he didn’t realize is that the present technology has enabled the police to trace his identity through the CD he provided. I also think that being careful with what we post online should not be limited to negative or criminal stuff. EVERYTHING we post online could be used by people who have access to it and we don’t really have complete control as to how and where they will use it. The Internet is an open community but let’s not forget to leave something for ourselves.

    August 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm

  3. slightlydillydallying

    Oh boy, it’s really interesting to talk about Online Stupidity (http://slightlydillydallying.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/online-stupidity/). This post goes to show how people find it hard to separate their lives from their online lifestyle. It is plain stupidity to communicate evil schemes via internet. This reminds me of my article about online ethics. It’s of a different framing though. More of corporate issues. I cannot help but wonder why these supposedly “criminal minds” do not have enough brilliance (or at least common sense) to lay off from online social networking. They should be VERY private individuals for God’s sake. hahahaha

    August 21, 2010 at 3:52 am

  4. Gel

    it’s not only thinking about what you put online anymore, but also about thinking before you do something “evil”—in the real world.

    Nice insight! Social media’s reach should get these criminals think twice. No witnesses. No camera phones. No tweets. Nothing. Anyone can take a picture of them doing a crime, post it online, and just wait. Because for sure, someone in that uploader’s network is a mutual friend of that criminal. That’s how small the online world is, and how smooth these criminals’ plans should be. Think twice, my friends.

    August 21, 2010 at 9:54 pm

  5. Evil will never prevail, that’s for sure. 😀

    Sometimes internet makes people stupid (as of Ivan’s case) because they get too much into it due to its accessibility and convenience. Sometimes people are deceived in choosing the right communication channel to use that’s why their evil plans do not reach utmost success.

    It’s nice to hear that the police goes the practical way of searching for and investigating about criminals through online means such as Facebook. But with the broadcast of this kind of strategy, I guess the evil people out there would be more conscious about their online visibilities.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:14 am

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