Cebu governor denies being source of fake reports on COVID-19

Published March 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Calvin Cordova

CEBU CITY—Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia cried foul over some social media posts that attributed her as the source of some false reports about coronavirus diseases-2019 (COVID-19).

Last Tuesday, fake news circulated on social media wherein Garcia was said to have instructed companies with at least 50 employees to grant mandatory paid leaves to prevent the spread of COVID 19.

The same post also indicated that the governor asked all schools in the city to close for two weeks starting March 12.

As if to make the “breaking news” genuine, the graphic was accompanied with a logo of “GMA News and Public Affairs Digital.”

“It is as much as an insult to you, GMA, as it is an insult to me. I wish to state in the strongest possible forms that the fake news attributed to me, supposedly my calling for some leave, I deny, the strongest,” Garcia said in a press conference at the Capitol.

“Why I have been chosen as a subject matter for fake news is beyond my comprehension, whether it was meant as a prank or meant for some other ill-motive. But what is important now is for the public to know that I never issued such statements,” the governor added.

GMA News likewise denied producing such posts, saying the use of its logo was unauthorized.

“We also ask the people to refrain from sharing the offending post, which we have reported to social media platforms,” GMA News said in a statement