By Jeffrey Damicog
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is set to file before the Department of Justice (DOJ) charges against five persons for allegedly producing and posting fake news online.
“We will file them at the DOJ,” said the NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin on Thursday, April 23.
The NBI spokesman said the NBI’s Cybercrime Division (NBI-CCD) has been conducting investigations over fake news circulating in social media.
Citing NBI-CCD Executive Officer Jerome Hernandez, Lavin said, among those cases, five persons will be the subjects of direct filing before the DOJ.
On the other hand, Lavin said the other cases of the NBI-CCD have been submitted to NBI’s legal division for evaluation. Even prior to the start of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the NBI has been investigating fake news concerning COVID-19.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra himself gave the order under Department Order (DO) No. 52 issued on Feb. 4.
In the DO, the Secretary told the NBI “to conduct an investigation and case build-up on alleged deliberate spread of misinformation and fake news about the 2019-nCoV ARD (now COVID-19) and false reporting of 2019-nCoV ARD cases and, if evidence warrants, to file appropriate charges against persons responsible therefor.”