He was convicted on one count under the Sedition Act, for promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility, and on two counts of providing false information to police. An additional charge under the Sedition Act, and another for lying to police, will be taken into account during sentencing on September 16, 2015.
What got him into the trouble in the first place? A Facebook post where he stated "We take their jobs, their future, their women, and soon, we will evict all SG loosers (sic) out of their own country", Bello added, saying that Singapore would be the "new Filipino state". Aside from that, he said that he'll be "praying that disastors (sic) strike Singapore and more Singaporeans will die". He will "celebrate" if this happens, he said.
He ended his Facebook post with the declaration: "REMEMBER PINOY BETTER AND STRONGER THAN STINKAPOREANS."
Bello was an employee at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, which dismissed him upon investigation that he had made three other online posts with the same content back in 2014. Further investigation revealed that he had frequently commented on Singaporean reports and articles in a vile, derogatory and offensive light; especially on sensitive issues like race and nationality.
In the beginning, Bello deleted the comments and posts telling the police that he was not the one who accessed his Facebook account. Later on he withdrew all claims of being hacked when he "found out he could not keep up the lie".
For promoting hostility, ill-will and discrimination between different races and classes in Singapore, Bello could receive a fine of up to 5,000 Singaporean dollars and/or a jail term of up to 3 years. Aside from this, giving wrong information to the police could award him with a 5,000 Singaporean dollar fine and/or a jail term of up to 1 year.
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