Robredo denies fake news on motorcycle barrier

Published August 4, 2020, 6:36 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday disowned a fake post about motorcycle barriers attributed to her that made rounds on social media.

Robredo flatly denied she suggested motorcycle riders carrying passengers should sit back-to-back for them to be allowed not to install the barriers required by the government.

“Fake quote pa more!! No, I never said this. Galawang troll nga naman (This is another move of trolls),” she tweeted, attaching a photo of the Facebook post.

The post contained a graphic quote which read: “Actually against din ako sa barrier na yan sa mga motorsiklo. Siguro mai-advice ko na lang, dapat siguro nakatalikod ung ankas para hindi na kailangan ng barrier na yan.”

(Actually, I’m also against that barriers on motorcycles. My only advice is the motorcycle riders should be seated back-to-back so barrier is no longer needed.)

The vice president advised the people not allow themselves to be hoodwinked by social media trolls.

“Patuloy po nating paalala sa publiko: maging mapagmatyag at mapanuri sa mga nababasa, napapanood, o naririnig sa social media (Our continuous reminder to the public: Be vigilant and discerning of what you read, watch, or hear on social media),” she said in a Facebook post.

“I-report ang mga nagpapakalat ng disinformation, lalo na iyong mga naglalayong manira sa gitna ng mahalagang trabahong dapat gampanan sa panahon ng krisis (Report those who spread disinformation, especially those who seek to malign people in the middle of an important job during crisis),” she added.

The coronavirus crisis did not stop social media trolls from spreading false and misleading information about Robredo and her relief work.

Last June, fake social media posts claimed that she and her team had distributed spoiled food at Diliman Doctors Hospital in Quezon City which Robredo has denied.