Ex-mayor in “turtle eggs” controversy claims innocence, says critics likely hacked her FB account

  • A former mayor in Zamboanga Sibugay drew flak for posting pictures of turtle eggs being cooked
  • Sangguniang Panlalawigan board member Mec Rillera said her critics likely hacked her FB account
  • Rillera denied personal knowledge of the controversial post
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The former mayor of a 2nd class municipality in Zamboanga Sibugay who came under fire after she allegedly shared pictures of turtle eggs being cooked on her Facebook (FB) account claimed her social media account was hacked.

Through her legal counsel, Maria Esperanza Corazon “Mec” Rillera who is now a board member of Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Zamboanga Sibugay, claimed that she has no personal knowledge of the controversial post on her FB account.

Atty. Richard Rambuyong said his client believes that the incident was a form of black propaganda because she is running for re-election and that her critics likely hacked her FB account.

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“It is most likely that it is election related because the campaign period is already fast approaching, and the candidates have already filed their COC,” Rambuyong said.

Rambuyong said they might seek the assistance of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group “for a possible investigation of possible hacking and illegal or unauthorized use of her Facebook account.”

A team from Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) for Zamboanga Sibugay’s second district was formed to probe Rillera’s alleged post for an apparent violation of Republic Act 9147 or the Act Providing for the Conservation and Protection of Wildlife Resources and their Habitats, according to Dionisio Rago, a CENRO officer.

As mentioned in an ABS-CBN story dated October 26, 2018, Rago’s team failed to get in touch with Rillera as she was traveling and her mobile phone could not be contacted.

Rambuyong said the probe team will have to wait for his client to return for her to personally give light on the issue.

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ABS-CBN, Facebook, PLN