Television host China Cojuangco-Gonzalez penned an ‘open letter’ to Instagram to report one netizen who privately messaged her with what the host viewed as a ‘threat, cyberbullying, even to the extent of kidnapping,’ directed at her 4-year-old daughter, Lucia.
China posted the open letter last Sunday, June 17, along with a screenshot of the messages she exchanged with the netizen.
The netizen, who goes by the handle @angeliarbuis, commented on China’s Instagram story when the celebrity mom posted a photo of her 4-year-old daughter. The netizen wrote, “Cute sarap isilid sa sako tapos tapon ilog makaganti naman sa cojuangco just kidding love you I love your baby so adorable.” (Cute. I would love to put her in a sack and throw her in the river so I can get revenge at the Cojuangcos. Just kidding! Love you, I love your baby so adorable.)
The netizen added, “I love your dad because he is my favorite Cojuangco.”
China replied to the netizen, writing, “Sorry ha, pero offensive yung message mo kahit sinubukan mong bawiin. Kung gusto mo makaganti sa COJUANGCO huwag mong idamay ang anak ko.” (I’m sorry but your message is offensive even though you tried to take it back. If you want revenge on the Cojuangcos, don’t take it out on my daughter.)
China is one of five daughters of Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., a former congressman and younger brother of the late President Cory Aquino. Her mother is socialite and former congresswoman Tingting Cojuangco.
In her open letter, China said that many of her friends and followers were furious when they found out about the netizen’s message. They have also tried to report the account but have been rejected (a screenshot with Instagram’s standard reply was also included in the post). Unfortunately, China could not report the user directly as she was immediately blocked by the netizen after her reply.
China appealed to Instagram to look into the case and to view the message as abusive content. “I do not wish for anyone saying that I am over reacting—but if this involves my innocent daughter then I will take action,” she wrote. “Praying and hoping that you would, too.”
As of this writing, Instagram has yet to reply to China’s post, but many netizens have weighed in on other possible actions that the mom can do.
Many of them suggested to file a case with the Philippine National Police-Anti Cybercrime Group (ACG). The ACG investigates all cybercrimes including cyberbullying, online libel, online threat, and abuse of minors, according to a report by Philippine Star.
Other netizens pointed out that the user may be suffering from a mental disorder. “She’s mentally ill for sure. I stalked her IG account and she literally took a picture of her medications,” one comment read.
“Just checked her IG and she seems to have an obsession with Gretchen Barretto in a very creepy way,” another comment said. “She may be harmless but better to err on the side of caution.”