Robredo pushes for social media regulation vs disinformation

Robie de Guzman   •   March 21, 2019   •   2826

Vice President Leni Robredo | Courtesy : OVP

Vice President Leni Robredo is calling on Congress to pass a law to strictly regulate the use of social media in the Philippines.

During an interview with reporters in Dagupan City, Pangasinan on Wednesday, Robredo stressed the need to regulate the social media, which she said is “being abused in a very negative way” and has become a tool to spread disinformation especially during election season.

She said Congress should take action to somehow control and regulate posts on various social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube.

“Kasi kung anybody can post anonymously, ang daming nabibiktimang hindi naman dini-deserve na siraan,” she added.

Robredo said election campaigning in the country have been marred by dirty tactics through online platforms. She added that this is unfair to the people who must know the truth but also rely on social media for information.

The Vice President said she and her family have been victims of vicious attacks and fake news by propagandists on social media.

“Sometimes you can’t blame them because they think it’s true. But what is being fed to them is propaganda,” she added.

She believes the social media should also be “made accountable the way traditional media are accountable” to promote responsibility among its users.

Robredo also lamented the lack of teeth in the country’s election laws to level the political playing field.

“Halimbawa, iyong mga violators, hindi naman nakakasuhan, hindi name-make accountable, kasi wala masyadong ngipin iyong batas kaya kailangan talaga i-amend ‘yung ating election laws,: she added.

“So if we do nothing, the situation will worsen,” Robredo said, adding that it takes time to undo the damage caused by anonymous social media posts. — Robie de Guzman

Pahayag nina VP Leni at Mayor Isko vs administrasyong Duterte, pamumulitika lang — Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   September 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Naniniwala ang Malakanyang na pamumulitika lang ang ginagawang pagtuligsa nina Vice President Leni Robredo at Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso sa COVID-19 response ng pamahalaang Duterte.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, nagpapahayag ng pagkontra sa administrasyong Duterte sina Robredo at Domagoso dahil may balak ang mga ito na sumabak sa halalan sa susunod na taon.

“Kaibigan ko po itong si Yorme ‘no. Pero gaya po ni VP, eh kandidato rin po iyan,” ani Roque.

“Mark my word, hindi pa po nag-aanunsiyo iyan pero sigurado po ako kandidato kaya asahan natin itong mga ganitong salita ‘no dahil kinakailangan nilang ligawan ang mamamayan,” dagdag pa niya.

Una nang sinabi ni Mayor Isko na dapat unahin ng pamahalaan ang pagbili ng mga gamot laban sa COVID-19 sa halip na face shield.

Habang kinuwestiyon naman ni Robredo ang pinakahuling hakbang ng pamahalaan na luwagan ang travel restrictions sa sampung bansa sa gitna ng mataas pa ring kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

DOH-4A warns public vs circulating fake news about COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 27, 2021

The Department of Health (DOH) Region 4A is warning the public against fake news circulating in the region regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

DOH 4A Director Dr. Eduardo Janairo said a group has been distributing pamphlets containing false and inaccurate  claims about the infectious disease that has gripped the world.

“A certain group of individuals, identified as members of the ‘Gising Maharlika,’ a so-called local independent news and media alternative source, reportedly distributed pamphlets to residents in Liliw, Laguna on August 23, 2021, informing them that masks and swab tests do not work, and that no person could die of COVID-19,” he said.

Janairo urged local government units in the region to take action and implement measures to prevent the further spread of misinformation. AAC

Robredo undergoes quarantine after close contact with COVID-19 positive case

Robie de Guzman   •   August 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday said she is undergoing a self-quarantine following exposure to a staff from her office who contracted novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“I started my quarantine yesterday after she developed symptoms. Because of this, I need to continue with my quarantine,” Robredo said in a statement.

She said she is set to take an RT-PCR test on Monday, the seventh day after her last exposure to the patient.

If she tests negative for the virus, Robredo said she would still complete her quarantine until the 14th day from her last exposure in compliance with the protocol.

She said her activities scheduled during this period will have to be cancelled.

“Apologies to everyone who may be affected by this,” she said. “I will continue to work from home during the entire period.”

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