Albayalde wants ‘fake news spreaders’ traced, charged

Marje Pelayo   •   June 8, 2018   •   4670

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director Oscar Albayalde

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde has ordered the hunting down of “bashers” spreading fake news against the organization.

Albayalde cited a false report circulating on social media highlighting the country’s high crime rate as a factor for the Philippines to be ranked second among the most dangerous cities in the global survey.

The PNP Chief disproved such claim saying crime rate in the country has actually dropped by 18.42 percent in the first quarter of the year.

Albayalde said they are determined to file appropriate charges against the culprits.

“That is work upon by our ACG actually. Kapag na-identify natin iyan, we will file appropriate charges,” Albayalde assured.

Albayalde also suspects that some disgruntled cops are behind the scheme to damage the reputation of the institution.

“Puwede ding ang mga disgruntled o mga natanggal sa aming hanay ang mga nagkakalat ng mga ganito. It’s because sila ang may idea kung paano sirain ang image o palabasin na we have very bad peace and order situation in our country,” Albayalde said.

The Police Chief also announced his invitation to foreign critics to see for themselves the real peace and order situation in the country. As proof that the country is safe, Albayalde noted the annual increase in the country’s tourism arrivals.

“You cannot judge a country by just mere perception or reports or by just mere tsismis coming from everybody or by the news that you see every day. Hindi ito pwedeng basehan…It’s really unfair that they are judging us as the second most dangerous country on earth,” he concluded. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

DILG tells PNP to identify, sue perpetrators of fake news on kidnappings online

Robie de Guzman   •   December 17, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to identify and file charges against those behind the online postings of fake news and videos of purported abduction of individuals, especially minors, for organ harvesting.

Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, spokesperson for the DILG, said Interior Secretary Eduardo Año issued the directive amid investigation on the recent series of viral videos of separate alleged kidnappings of minors in Bulacan and Cavite.

Malaya said the PNP has confirmed that the latest viral video posted on Facebook of the supposed kidnapping of a 10-year old boy in Bulacan was fake.

He cited the result of Cyber Patrolling and Open Source Investigation of PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG), which found that no recent abduction transpired using a white van nor were there reported series of abductions lodged in police stations and news networks.

The alleged abductions of unidentified persons using a white van has been circulating in social media platforms as early as 2016 but were found to be a hoax.

He added that based on the PNP’s assessment of social media platforms, some individuals have capitalized viral news on alleged kidnappings to gain more likes, shares, comments and interactions from their Facebook followers for profit.

“There are unscrupulous people on social media who are doing staged videos of alleged abductions to sow fear among the people and to earn money,” Malaya said in a statement.

“We wish to remind the public that the perpetrators of fake news earn money from your likes, shares and comments. We understand that you think you are only warning your loved ones but you are also unintentionally spreading fear. Let us not embolden these people any longer,” he added.

The DILG official asked the public to be wary of fake news online and not to be quick in liking or sharing “unfounded and baseless videos.”

“If you have no personal knowledge of an alleged abduction or you are not sure of the source, we ask the public not to share or like it.” he said.

Malaya also urged the public to help suppress the spread of fake news online by immediately reporting the post, especially those may cause undue alarm and panic to the public, to the PNP-ACG hotlines 09985988116; Tel: +63 (02) 414-1560 and Fax: +63 (02) 414-2199.

Authorities arrest student who posted fake abduction on social media

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 4, 2019

The Cebu Provincial Police has reported that they arrested 21-year-old student on Tuesday (December 3) for posting fake abductions by men in a white van on his social media.

Cebu provincial police director Colonel Roderick Mariano, on Wednesday (December 4), identified the fake news culprit as Brigs Granada Alvaro.

Mariano reported, Alvaro was arrested in their home in Sitio Taboc, Barangay Lo-oc, Danao City and was brought to the police station for investigation. He also said that the culprit has caused alarm to the public by posting fake news.

Danao City Police Chief Lieutenant Colonel Maribel Getigan said they are preparing the criminal case to be filed against Alvaro.

“We are preparing a criminal case for violation of the Revised Penal Code, particularly Alarm and Scandal in relation to (Cyber Crime Law), Section 6, Republic Act 10175,” Getigan said in a statement.

She also added that Alvaro was immediately turned over to the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) for psychological examination.

“He is up for psychological assessment whether or not he is on his normal state of mind,” she said.

Getigan also said that the minor admitted to posting the falsified news.

“Alvar voluntarily offered a statement that the post was a mere false story and his intention is to give warning only to those young adults who are always roaming around the city during night time,” she said.—AAC

Claim that Build, Build, Build program is a failure: Fake news – Cayetano

Maris Federez   •   November 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano called out Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon for his statement that the implementation of the Build, Build, Build program was a “dismal failure”.

Cayetano said Drilon’s claim was fake news, pointing out that the Duterte Administration has implemented more infrastructure projects than the past administrations.

“Sa budget pa lang makikita mo na yun. Sa sincerity andiyan din. It’s being done not just for politics but to give people. A safe and comfortable life. Ang tiningnan lang ng senado iyong flagship programs alone and then tiningnan lang nila ano iyong naumpisahan ano iyong hindi,” Cayetano said. (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

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