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.
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.