By Raïssa Robles
A certain Erwin Datanagan, who claims to work as a technician for Western Digital Corporation in California, posted the following comment on my Facebook page:
“Mga tulad mong tao ang dapat ma ejk. Wala kayong karapatang mabuhay! Mga salut sa lipunan! Pesteng yawa! Kaya tayo hindi umaasenso dahil sa mga bayarang puta tulad ninyo!
Here’s the translation:
Your kind should be murdered. You have no right to live! You are the scum of society! You are a pest! That’s why we do not progress (as a nation) because of paid whores like you!
Below is a screen cap of Erwin Datanagan’s post on my public Facebook Community Page for my blog raissarobles.com.
Initially, I thought I would ignore it.
But I had vowed to myself that I would no longer let such vile threats pass. I would confront it head-on because no one has a right to issue such vile threats on the Internet against anyone. No one has a right to malign me as a professional journalist.
In the real world, these words that Erwin Datanagan posted are considered grave threats—a crime punishable with a jail term and a fine.
I took a screen cap of his threat and posted it to the top of my Facebook community page where everybody could see it. It’s the screencap you see above
Some minutes after people started condemning Datanagan’s remarks, I noticed something. He had changed his Facebook name. He suddenly became @Erwin Tuyhakaw.
I could tell it was still him because although he had changed his name, the contents of his page were the same as Datanagan’s. Except that Datanagan mentioned his employer Western Digital while Tuyhakaw made no mention of his place of work.
The only difference between @Erwin Tuyhayaw and @Erwin Datanagan was that Datanagan posted on Facebook that he was a “Computer Technician at Western Digital Corporation”, with a link to the Western Digital Facebook page. This had been erased on the Facebook page of @Erwin Tuyhakaw.
There are other other simple ways to prove that @Erwin Tukhayaw and @Erwin Detanagan ARE ONE AND THE SAME PERSON.
I compared the two accounts:
Both Erwin Tuyhakaw and Edwin Datanagan studied Electronics and Communications Engineering at the College of Technologies Sciences-Cebu
Both got married on June 19, 2017.
Both live in Sta. Ana, California.
Both joined Facebook in June 2017.
Both had the same photo with the same baby.
After some more minutes the account of @Erwin Tuyhakaw a.k.a @Erwin Datanagan vanished altogether
I also found Datanagan’s LinkedIn account, but that too suddenly disappeared. A bully too cowardly to face the music?
The vileness of Datanagan’s/Tuyhakaw’s remarks seemed to encourage others to chime in with their own charming comments.
Bennette Jameson Zobel Espino agreed I should die.
Kimiko Raleavna Tutor Samsuya posted his own threat which said:
“isa pa tong bayarang journalist, ang dapat sa mga tulad nyong bayaran at walang dignidad ay binabalatan ng buhay at sinusunog eh…buhay pa kayo pero gusto na nang taong bayan ang inyong pag kamatay.”
[This is another paid journalist. People like you without dignity ought to be skinned alive and burned.. You are still alive but the people already want your death.”]
Unfortunately, I could no longer find @Kimiko Raleavna Tutor Samsuya on Facebook.
Now, I’ve long stopped reporting threats to Facebook because it has always told me that the posts do not violate FB community standards.
So on January 6, 2018, I posted on Twitter about @Erwin Datanagan.
On January 8, 2018, Western Digital tweeted back to me that it was looking into what I had posted.
Here are other leads that Western Digital can verify, using Erwin Datanagan’s biodata on file with the company, if he really works there. Both @Erwin Datanagan and @Erwin Tuyhakaw claim on FB to have studied in two schools:
@Erwin Datanagan is one of the thousands of Filipinos who obviously believe they can threaten and wish harm on strangers who question the wisdom of Philippine government policies.
As I told National Public Radio earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte brings out the monster in the Filipino. See Journalist Says Supporters Of Philippine President-Elect Threaten Her Online
And this #TrollCaseStudy of @Erwin Datanagan is proof of this.
How can a young man who has never met me, newly-married and with a baby daughter make such vile, baseless threats? Threats that I don’t deserve as a journalist and as a human being. And accuse me just like that of being a paid hack, when all these years this blog is funded only by me?
Perhaps if he really does work for Western Digital, his employers could ask him.