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Robredo to run after peddlers of fake news

 

By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo will be taking to court the people behind the false and malicious information that she had distributed spoiled food to frontliners in a Quezon City hospital.

Vice-President Leni Robredo, speaks duringa press conference at her office in Quezon City. Robredo accpeted the position given to her by President Rodrigo Duterte to co-chair the Anti-Illegal Drugs Council. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

Vice-President Leni Robredo
(Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We have taken steps already. We are making sure that we will make these people accountable,” Robredo said on Thursday, June 25, in an interview with ANC’s Headstart.

According to Robredo, she has already formed a team from her office that will gather evidence and unmask the real identities of those involved to be used in their case buildup.

“We will be seeking a formal investigation. I have already assigned a team to gather all the evidence on hand,” she said.

The vice president asked the public to help report social media users who spread false claims that her office had distributed spoiled food to Diliman Doctors Hospital, while her spokesperson, Barry Gutierrez, offered money to hospital staff to keep quiet about the incident.

The Diliman Doctors Hospital issued a statement dismissing the allegations, citing that it received food donations on “three occasions” from Robredo’s office, but “none of which have been found to be spoiled.”

Robredo said she had long been considering filing charges against fake news peddlers, but she had “backed down at the last minute“ because it was against her advocacy favoring the decriminalization of libel and cyber libel.

But this time, Robredo took exception to the unfounded rumors besmirching her office’s coronavirus response efforts.

“Itong fake news, hindi lang ito against sa akin (This fake news is not only against me). It’s against society as a whole,” Robredo, who is an opposition leader, said.

”This is making the online space a hostile environment…It is very divisive. It has provided a very toxic environment,” she stressed.

Robredo is elated that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is now looking into the false information on social media upon the directive of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/06/25/robredo-to-run-after-peddlers-of-fake-news/)

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