Shun fake news, rumors on typhoon 'Odette', Nograles tells Pinoys

Published December 15, 2021, 2:38 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

“Fake news” is the last thing that Filipinos need when confronted with potential disaster.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles (Cabinet Secretariat Facebook page)

As such, Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles advised Filipinos living on the path of typhoon “Odette” to only get their weather news from reliable sources.

“Sa mga residente ng mga lugar na dadaanan ng bagyo, maging laging handa at maging ligtas (To the residents of the areas on the path of the storm, let’s be constantly prepared and safe),” Nograles said in a virtual press conference Wednesday, Dec. 14.

“Huwag pong maniwala sa fake news o sa mga naririnig sa tabi-tabi (Let’s not believe in fake news or in the rumors that we hear). Please get weather advisory and bulletin updates from official government websites and official news channels,” he implored listeners.

The Palace official earlier gave assurance to the public that the national government would be prepared to handle Odette, which goes by the international name “Rai”.

The weather disturbance gained strength upon entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). Typhoon signal no.2 has been raised in some areas in Mindanao because of Odette, reports said..