Press Release
June 8, 2017


As Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media, I am alarmed by the proliferation of fake news on the internet both adversely affecting public and private interest.

What makes it worse is when the Justice Secretary himself willingly exploits and amplifies such fake news like a troll without a modicum of effort to at least verify the same just to malign political opponents. He was at it again when he recklessly linked several of our colleagues in Congress to the Maute group, only to backtrack and offer excuses.

I call on Secretary Aguirre to faithfully do his duty to serve public interest, and that requires siding with the truth. Congress should look into these pernicious acts and hopefully come up with legislation to address this phenomenon and penalize perpetrators, referring to both authors of fake news as well as sites wittingly hosting the same.

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