Election fever triggers flood of fake news—Go

    Misinformation, disinformation, black or white propaganda are just some form of communication techniques that will be employed by some to mislead, confuse, or dissuade the reading public, especially when the national elections are getting closer each day.

    MANILA — All Filipinos are urged to stay vigilant and validate all information distributed in network channels.

    Senator Christopher Lawrence Go has issued a warning against those who will spread rumors against the Duterte administration. He says the law will go after these elements and will prosecute them.

    In a statement, he appealed to the public to not fall victims to fake news and disinformation campaign.

    Ang patuloy na pagpapakalat ng fake news laban sa akin ay hindi na bago lalo na’t papalapit na ang eleksyon. Nasa taong-bayan na ang paghuhusga kung maniniwala sila sa mga naninira lamang,” he said.

    Certain groups, he said, are simply trying to sow hatred and divisiveness in order to push their political agenda and vested interests, especially now that the election fever has caught many politicians wanting to run in next year’s presidential elections.

    Inaasahan ko na ‘yan ngayong papunta na tayo sa eleksyon. Walang katapusang kasinungalingan at pagpapakalat ng fake news na naman mula sa mga grupong walang ginawa kundi manira ng kapwa. Wala pong katotohanan lahat ‘yan,” said Duterte’s former special assistant.

    He added, he would not be surprised if more fictitious claims would arise in the coming days even as he noted that this style of dirty politics is nothing new especially coming from those who only want to discredit the efforts of the Government.

    “Hindi na ako mabibigla kung mayroon pang mga magkakalat ng kasinungalingan. I-expect na natin ‘yan na sa mga susunod na mga araw ay isang katutak na paninira na naman ang lalabas. (TRC/The MiNT)

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