Palace warns fake news peddlers: Watch out

Published March 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea warned those creating and spreading fake news to watch their backs as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may go after them since they are moving faster than the virus.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (Malacañang Photo Bureau / MANILA BULLETIN)
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (Malacañang Photo Bureau / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a text message, Medialdea said the SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes the COVID-19, is probably threatened by the virus affecting more people than it does.

“Those who spread fake news should have themselves disinfected. They are now moving faster than the virus itself,” he said.

“The virus is worried and sees them as competitors and is now looking for them. Watch out!” he added.

On Sunday evening, Malacañang denied reports that a nationwide lockdown will be declared next week due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report also said that food will be rationed every three days as wet markets will be closed to stop people from going around.

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo advised the public to be more discerning when using social media. He also denied the lockdown rumors.

“Absolutely not true. Stop believing false news and information,” he said Sunday evening.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles likewise said the report circulating was “fake news.”

Malacañang has denounced the sudden surge and proliferation of fake news online during the Luzon quarantine, saying these false narratives only create panic, confusion, and fear.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) likewise warned that it will hunt down and press charges against those spreading fake news.