Woman harassed by “Pastor Hokage” FB group comes out, files complaint

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  • Victim of online sexual harassment detailed ordeal at hands of lewd FB group
  • She said one member edited her picture, told other members she was prostituting herself
  • She said she had been getting offensive messages, indecent proposals since then

MANILA, Philippines – A woman victimized by one of the so-called “Pastor Hokage” Facebook groups has come out and filed a complaint with the Philippine National Police over the sexual harassment.

In an interview with GMA News, 20-year-old “Marie” detailed how her picture was tampered with and posted in a pornographic site.

“May nag-inform po sa akin na ginawa raw pong clickbait ‘yung picture ko sa isang porn site, meron din po ‘yung nag-inform sa akin eh ‘yung picture ko raw po ay in-edit po para magkaroon ng naked body, ang pinagtataka ko po at masakit po ang loob ko kasi wala naman po akong litratong ganoon,” she said.

[Somebody informed me that my picture was used as a clickbait for a porn site, there was also someone who informed me that my picture was edited so that I had a naked body, I am confused and hurt because I do not have any pictures like that.]

Marie also said that one member of “Bible study ni Pastor Asiong New Testament” told his peers that she was a “fresh graduate from Makati” offering services for P5,000 and shared her picture and contact details.  As a result, she had been getting sexually-charged messages and indecent proposals from strangers online.

“Nakatanggap po ako ng mga indecent proposals, kagaya po ng kung may financial problem po ako, meron daw po akong, totoo daw po ba ‘yung nagpapa-service daw po ako for 5,000,” she said.

[I’ve received indecent proposals, like with some asking if I have a financial problem, if it was true that I was offering services for P5,000.]

For its part, the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Unit vowed to track down the perpetrators. Authorities also advised social media users to keep their profiles private and avoid posting personal details in their accounts to avoid being victimized.