Manila Traffic Bureau calls ‘fake news’ on netizen complaint
Aileen Cerrudo • September 19, 2019 • 531
The Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) has called ‘fake news’ on a netizen complaining about an MTPB enforcer over an alleged extortion incident.
Based on the investigation conducted by the MTPB, the said netizen was spreading false information against MTPB trainee Roderick Perez.
The netizen posted on Facebook that Perez flagged them down for supposedly swerving. The enforcer allegedly refused to return the driver’s license unless they give him P2,000.
However, MTPB information officer Angelo Navas said Perez is a trainee and therefore, cannot issue tickets to erring motorists.
“Wala pong katotohanan ang kaniyang post. Ang naturang traffic enforcer ay trainee lamang sa Sector 6 at wala po siyang paniket. Bago pa lang po siya, (There is no truth to her post. The said traffic enforcer is only a trainee in Sector 6 and cannot issue tickets. He is a newbie),” Navas said.
Based on the report, Perez speculates that the netizen may have really shelled out P2,000 in exchange for a citation ticket when she was flagged down due to a traffic violation on September 15 in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
Perez added that perhaps the netizen wanted to get even with the enforcer who extorted money from her so she returned the next day and “indiscriminately” took pictures of MTPB enforcers in the area, unwittingly capturing Perez’ image which eventually ended up on social media.
According to Perez, he was shunned by his family because of the false information spreading on Facebook.
“Posting my pictures [on] Facebook and making unsavory remarks [while] not being sure of the identity is most unfair[…] it damaged my reputation not only to our institution but to my family as well,” Perez said in a statement.
The MTPB information office is calling out the the netizen to coordinate with their office about the incident. They are also reminding the public not to spread false information on social media.—AAC
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
There really is no limit to Filipinos’ love and support. Not only are they showing their heartwarming support to our local athletes in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, they also cheer for other countries.
In the recent medal tally as of December 3, 12:00 p.m., netizens cheered as the Philippines remains on top with a total of 78 medals (41 gold, 23 silver, 14 bronze).
Meanwhile, they also noticed Timor-Leste’s standing—the country has yet to win their first medal.
To show their support, netizens began cheering for Timor-Leste.
The SEA Games has not only proved the talents and skills of all Southeast Asian nations, it also showed the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie between the nations.—AAC
Teachers have the right to due process, according to the statement of the Department of Education (Deped) regarding the Tulfo issue.
Deped said the latest confrontation on the radio show of broadcaster Raffy Tulfo involving a teacher and a student’s guardians was a “move for on-the-spot compromise”.
During the episode, Tulfo discussed the complaint of a grandmother about a teacher who ‘mistreated’ her grandson after he allegedly failed to submit his report card.
A video footage shows the teacher sending the student out of the classroom to sit on a chair at the corridor. Tulfo gave the teacher two choices: resign from her office or face criminal charges against her. The teacher decided to resign which caused backlash from netizens.
“On the other hand, teachers are entitled to due process, which was not given to her during the program, especially since resignation from her job earlier than her intended retirement will have serious impact on her person and family,” the statement reads.
Deped also said that incidents of child abuse are not subject to compromise because the department “endeavors to provide proper forum to discuss the facts and issues that will resolve conflicts and concerns in a fair and humane manner.”
The regional and division offices of the education department is currently conducting an investigation on the incident. They also plan to conduct a dialogue with the media regarding handling issues involving teachers, students, and schools.
“We need the cooperation and coordination of all stakeholders to maintain and promote trust, respect and dignity of all learners, teachers, and administrators of schools,” according to Deped.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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