DILG to go after propagators of fake news after malicious advice on social media

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 12, 2020   •   187

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will go after the ‘propagators of fake news’ after a malicious post about practicing physical distancing after sex circulated on social media.

In a statement released on Tuesday (August 11), the DILG condemned the use of social media as a platform to proliferate malicious and false information. The department also stressed there is no truth in the said post.

“A malicious quote card image has been circulating on social media claiming that DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año advises couples to practice physical distancing after having sex. This is an outright and malicious lie,” the statement reads.

The DILG also vowed to file appropriate charges against those responsible for the post. The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) as well the Anti-Cyber Crime Group is now investigating the matter.

“We at DILG will investigate the matter at hand and will go after the propagators of fake news with renewed intensity,” the DILG said. AAC

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