Robredo wants laws to regulate use of social media in electoral campaigns

Published March 20, 2019, 9:10 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Raymund Antonio

Congress should pass stricter laws governing social media campaign of candidates, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Wednesday, to counter the negative campaigning in various social media platforms during elections.

Vice President Leni Robredo (VP LENI ROBREDO / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice President Leni Robredo (VP LENI ROBREDO / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

Robredo made the statement in an interview with reporters in Dagupan, Pangasinan, where she was asked about the practice of dirty politics as the campaign season heats up.

“Kailangan iyong mga social media networks… magkaroon ng regulation. Kasi kung anybody can post anonymously, ang daming nabibiktimang hindi naman dine-deserve na siraan,” she said.

(The social media networks need to be regulated. Because if anybody can post anonymously, there are many victims who don’t deserve to be attacked.)

“Sana iyong accountability na ine-expect from traditional media, dapat ganoon din sa social media kasi hindi fair sa tao na walang ganoong accountability. Kasi kahit anong kasinungalingan, napo-post,” Robredo stressed.

(I hope the accountability we expect from traditional media should be the same in social media because it unfair to the people. Because even lies are being posted.)

The Vice President lamented the country’s election laws lack teeth to level the playing field for all the candidates.

Robredo said social media was a platform that should also be regulated, especially aspiring politicians may take advantage of it for smear campaigns.

“Dati na nga siyang madumi. Lalo pa siyang naging madumi because of social media. Tingin ko, iyong social media, na-abuse siya in a very negative way,” she noted.

(The campaign has been dirty. It has become dirtier because of social media. I think social media is being abused in a very negative way.)

“Halimbawa, iyong mga violators, hindi naman nakakasuhan, hindi name-make accountable, kasi wala masyadong ngipin iyong batas. Kaya kailangan talaga i-amend na iyong ating elections laws,” she said.

(For example, the violators were not being charged, they are not held accountable, because the laws lack teeth. So we really need to amend our election laws.)

Under the current administration, social media specialists or trolls have been used for negative campaigning in the May elections.

 
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