Sotto wants Filipinos to reject fake news this 2020

Published December 31, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola 

While other government officials and politicians hoped for jobs and better lives for Filipinos in 2020, Senate President Vicente Sotto III has one wish for the New Year: that people will not fall victims to “fake news”.

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III (Czar Dancel /  MANILA BULLETIN)
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“New Year’s wish: huwag na sanang pumatol ang mga Pilipino sa fake news (I hope Filipinos won’t believe fake news)!” Sotto tweeted on Tuesday, December 31.

The Senate chief made the statement amid claims that the ban on Philippine officials involved in the imprisonment of Senator Leila de Lima in the United States was not included in the US 2020 budget legislation.

Sotto, who slammed the reported approval of the visa ban, backed the allegation.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, said the travel ban exists as confirmed by Filipino Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel “Babes” Romualdez.

With this, he reiterated that Americans would  be required to apply for a visa if they wanted to enter the Philippines should this be implemented.

De Lima, meanwhile, had slammed as “desperate” the “amateur ‘legal’ opinion” of a pro-administration blogger about the US’ prohibition on those who had a hand over her arrest.

“The obfuscation coming from the DDS camp regarding the US visa ban enacted in the 2020 US Appro[priations] Law reflects panic, confusion, fear, and denial among their ranks, especially those with a lot to lose like access to their assets and properties stashed in the US,” the staunch Duterte critic said in her statement Monday.

“DDS officialdom is grasping at straws in denying the fact that finally, something had hit them, and hit them hard where it counts — travel access to the centers of the western world. To use a popular colloquial phrase, ‘affected much talaga kayo’ (you are really affected),” she added.

De Lima’s camp earlier said that it was the office of US Sen. Dick Durbin, one of the proponents of the ban, which informed them that President Donald Trump had approved the US’ 2020 budget containing the provision about her “wrongful imprisonment”.