"Mysterious" brief shutdown of official Facebook page worries De Lima

Published May 13, 2021, 3:13 PM

by Mario Casayuran

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima has coordinated with Facebook Philippines on the ‘’mysterious’’ brief shutdown of her official page as well as those in the political opposition.

‘’It has come to our attention that our official page, Leila de Lima Official, has been inaccessible on desktop and laptop from 12pm-130pm today. Official pages of other members of the opposition were also reportedly shut down,’’ de Lima said.

The lady lawmaker is under detention at Camp Crame on alleged drug-related charges.

De Lima said she hopes that this incident is not an organized attack.

‘’Amid these challenging times, when social media serve as a very significant vehicle to disseminate truthful and useful information to the public, we have witnessed how the Duterte regime and those with sinister motives and selfish interests weaponize paid trolls to curtail truthful reporting, free speech and critical thinking, and instead propagate disinformation, misinformation, negativism and hate speech,’’ she said.

‘’We should not let this pass! We urge Facebook to monitor and investigate this incident, and to make the necessary actions to ensure that this will not happen again,’’ she added.