Solon to open probe into ‘smear campaign’ against PH SEA Games hosting

Published November 29, 2019, 10:31 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Noreen Jazul

A lawmaker is considering probing into the alleged smear campaign against the country’s hosting of 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) games.

KABAYAN partylist Rep. Ron Salo (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)
KABAYAN partylist Rep. Ron Salo
(FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

In an interview with ANC, Kabayan Partylist Representative Ron Salo said he is “convinced” that Congress should investigate the spread of “fake news” about the multi-sport event.

Salo, chairman of the House Committee on Public Information, said the probe will be done after the SEA games.

“I was able to gather certain data related to this particular, so-called ‘fake news.’ I mentioned seven items…for example the kikiam [incident] when in fact that was chicken sausage,” Salo said.

Salo said there was a rise in “inauthentic behavior” observed in social media a week before the official opening of the biennial games, particularly on Nov. 25 and 26.

“There was actually inauthentic behavior rising in social media related to that [kikiam issue] specifically…It appears to be there was a boosting on that particular negative report,” Salo said.

Salo also said there are “organized” groups boosting the negative news about the multi-sport event.

“The hashtag is #SEAgamesfail, so what does that mean? So basically, there appears to be really that this organized group behind it trying to ensure that what they want to achieve for this, for SEA games to fail,” the solon said.

Salo listed Facebook pages Malacañang Catering Services, Pinoy Ako, and Silent No More as among those behind the alleged “SEAgamesfail” smear campaign.

When asked whether he sees the criticisms thrown at the organizers of the SEA games as part of “normal operations in a democracy,” Salo said:

“Everybody is free to express your ideas, your opinions, your criticism against the government if these are legitimate, and even if it’s legitimate how can you possibly involve boosting it in order to attract more attention,” he said.

“That’s not just patriotic, I suppose that’s treason on the part of the person doing it against his own government,” he added.

Salo said that he has nothing against “legitimate concerns” being aired, but when people “capitalize” on certain “legitimate concerns,” then it becomes “condemnable.”

 
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Solon to open probe into ‘smear campaign’ against PH SEA Games hosting

Published November 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Noreen Jazul

A lawmaker is considering probing into the alleged smear campaign against the country’s hosting of 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) games.

KABAYAN partylist Rep. Ron Salo (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)
KABAYAN partylist Rep. Ron Salo
(FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

In an interview with ANC, Kabayan Partylist Representative Ron Salo said he is “convinced” that Congress should investigate the spread of “fake news” about the multi-sport event.

Salo, chairman of the House Committee on Public Information, said the probe will be done after the SEA games.

“I was able to gather certain data related to this particular, so-called ‘fake news.’ I mentioned seven items…for example the kikiam [incident] when in fact that was chicken sausage,” Salo said.

Salo said there was a rise in “inauthentic behavior” observed in social media a week before the official opening of the biennial games, particularly on Nov. 25 and 26.

“There was actually inauthentic behavior rising in social media related to that [kikiam issue] specifically…It appears to be there was a boosting on that particular negative report,” Salo said.

Salo also said there are “organized” groups boosting the negative news about the multi-sport event.

“The hashtag is #SEAgamesfail, so what does that mean? So basically, there appears to be really that this organized group behind it trying to ensure that what they want to achieve for this, for SEA games to fail,” the solon said.

Salo listed Facebook pages Malacañang Catering Services, Pinoy Ako, and Silent No More as among those behind the alleged “SEAgamesfail” smear campaign.

When asked whether he sees the criticisms thrown at the organizers of the SEA games as part of “normal operations in a democracy,” Salo said:

“Everybody is free to express your ideas, your opinions, your criticism against the government if these are legitimate, and even if it’s legitimate how can you possibly involve boosting it in order to attract more attention,” he said.

“That’s not just patriotic, I suppose that’s treason on the part of the person doing it against his own government,” he added.

Salo said that he has nothing against “legitimate concerns” being aired, but when people “capitalize” on certain “legitimate concerns,” then it becomes “condemnable.”

 
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