The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday filed criminal complaints against a man for falsely claiming that his cash deposits had ballooned to P12 billion following the system glitch that hit the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) last month.
Daniel Angelo Salasalan is facing complaints for falsification by private individuals and use of falsified documents under the Revised Penal Code and online libel under Section 4(c)(4) of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
The complaints were filed before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office.
NBI Cybercrime Division chief Head Agent Manuel Eduarte said Salasalan admitted during their investigation that he only fabricated his social media post that said he had more than P12 billion in his account.
Reports said Salasalan only had around P12,000 in his account prior to the glitch that caused some accounts to gain money or incur negative balances.
During the Senate probe into the incident, BPI officials said the system glitch was caused by a system programmer who was in a rush to post transactions.
They noted the employee has been transferred to another post as they look into the incident, adding that she came forward to own up to her mistake.
The system glitch affected 1.5 million out of the eight million clients of BPI, the country’s third biggest lender in asset terms.