The National Bureau of Investigation arrested Friday a man believed to be behind the controversial porn Web site, GMA News' 24 Oras reported Friday night.

Mark Verzo was collared by NBI agents in a raid on his house in Ayala Alabang subdivision in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila.

The NBI said it will shut down for good and file charges against Verzo. - GMANews.TV
Porn site still up despite operator’s arrest

Despite the arrest of its supposed operator, the controversial Internet porn site ( remained online and accessible to visitors as of Friday night.

Except for a note at the bottom of the main page saying “Closed until further notice," the site continued to offer links to “free" porn videos and supposed “Pinoy Scandal" videos.

While the photos had been taken down since Thursday, the links remained active and opened external porn sites.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) earlier in the day raided the house of suspected operator Mark Verzo, whom they believed earned some P2,600 a month from advertisements on his site.

Verzo, invoking his right to “freedom of expression," denied violating any law. He was eventually allowed to go home, though the NBI seized his computer.

The site was thrust into the limelight Wednesday after Sen. Loren Legarda asked authorities to shut it down because it offered free access to pornography.

But the site operator taunted Legarda by “thanking" her for the free publicity and what he claimed was a spike in Internet traffic to the site. - GMANews.TV


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