What’s next when truth is twisted and served as fake news?
On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte doused cold water on the fake news article published maliciously by a dubious, fake news web site, obviously supportive of the administration but into overdrive attack against critics, particularly vice-President Leni Robredo.
Duterte virtually cleared Robredo saying she has nothing to do with the destabilization efforts attributed to the Bicolana leader.
During a press conference in the Palace, the President expressed “… hindi ko sinasabi na kasama si Leni ha (I’m not saying Leni is among them). I don’t want to drag her name.”
The President while in denial he has knowledge in the directed attack against the VP and her late husband of published fake news chastised his coward supporters hiding in the cloak of anonymity as allegations that are garbage and black propaganda.
While some Cabinet members also flaunt alternative facts (fake news), Dutertes’ Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana believe there was no existing destabilization plot against the administration. Supporters of the President interpret criticisms against the administration as ouster plots.
Robredo is a staunch critic of the President’spolicies, even while being part of the Cabinet. After her departure from the official palace family, the VP is now more visible and vocal in opposition to the administration’s murderous war on drugs and most recently the House of Representatives’ revival of the death penalty.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Robredo on Monday said she was considering taking legal action against a dubious website publishing fake news that alleged her late husband was involved in illegal gambling and drug trade in their hometown Naga City.
Robredo said she was thinking seriously of what legal action to take.
A legal mind, the vice President is well aware that under the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, the fake news site and its publisher may have crossed the line.