Rep. Yap warns the public against fake news in social media

Published August 6, 2020, 7:59 PM

by Ben Rosario

ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap on Thursday warned the public against groups behind a disinformation campaign to “advance their political interest.”

ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap

Yap, chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, said his name is being unfairly dragged as part of the drive aimed at misleading the public about his stand on the grievances aired by medical frontliners over the worsening COVID-19 situation in the country.

He specifically cited posts that have started circulating in social media attributing to him the statement: “Mga Frontliner, nagpapagamit para pabagsakin ang gobyerno. (Frontliners, allowing themselves to be used to overthrow the government).”

His photograph accompanied the controversial post.

“I never said that. I strongly deny this statement came from me,” said Yap, an ally of the Duterte administration.

Yap stressed that neither him nor members of his partylist are accusing medical frontliners of being involved in any attempt to bring down the Duterte administration.

“There is a political motive to all these. Medical frontliners are the victims here,” he said, stressing that the “fake news” was clearly politically motivated.

“My previous statement was made in the context of some people taking advantage of COVID issues for their own political interest. That is crystal clear,” Yap stated.

He added: “Nowhere in that statement that I said anything about our medical frontliners willingly allowing themselves to be used for others’ political agenda.”

Contrary to the false claims in the social media post, he acknowledged efforts of the government in addressing the gripe of medical frontliners.