2 netizens charged for illegally using Davao radio station’s social media card

By Armando B. Fenequito Jr.

DAVAO CITY - A radio station here has filed a complaint against two netizens for allegedly using their social media card images to spread misinformation on the community quarantine being imposed because of the fight to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Brigada News FM Davao went to the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit (RACU) 11 of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday morning to report a certain Jhong Quiver Jr. for allegedly using the official social media card of their station to create a meme material.

Report bared Quiver allegedly edited their layout with a picture of President Duterte on March 24, saying "Katong mag TikTok isa duha ka upload lang sa Isa ka adlaw Kay som ol rapud (Those people who are into Tiktok, just upload up two videos a day so that people will not get fed up)."

The meme has already reached 15,958 shares as of March 31.

A certain Ren Gie also posted an edited version of two pictures with the image of Mayor Sara Duterte, also on the same date.

The netizen put full quotes on the layout saying "Maghatag kog award sa taong pinakadaghan og post sa iyang TikTok video, Banati ninyog TIkTok bisan pag e tag ko ninyo ayaw lang gyud mog gawas para di ta mo masagpaan (I will give award to those who uploaded many TikTok videos. Just keep on posting even if you mention me, just stay inside your houses or else you will be slapped).”

The photo has reached 682 shares as of March 31, Gie had also used the social mediacard of the station in the meme, which he posted on March 27.

The management of Brigada News FM Davao has issued a statement clarifying that they were not the one who spread the false information.

"Gani gikondena usab sa stasyon ang mga indibidwal nga gagamit ug nagasundog sa lay-out ,logo, apil sa pangalan sa Brigada News FM Davao sa pagpakatag sa mga peke nga mga balita ug sa mga memes nga walay ikatabang sa katawhan ilabi na karon sa panahon sa krisis (We condemened these individuals who are using our pictures, logos and other social media materials of Brigada News FM Davao to spread fake news through memes to create confusion in this time of crisis), " the statement said.