Statement of the DILG regarding Fake News on Social Media

August 11, 2020

August 11, 2020

DILG Spokesperson

A malicious quote card image has been circulating on social media claiming that DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año advises couples to practice physical distancing after having sex.

This is an outright and malicious lie. The DILG condemns in the strongest terms the people behind this post and vow to file criminal charges against them for being purveyors of gossip and fake news. The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group as well the Anti-Cyber Crime Group is now investigating this matter and we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law those behind this malicious attribution.

In this time of public health emergency, it is unfortunate that some people stoop so low and waste their time to spread fake news and sow disinformation to malign people such as Secretary Año, himself a COVID survivor, who has been tirelessly working to defeat COVID-19 in his capacity as Vice Chair of NTF COVID-19. We urge these people to use their creative minds instead on how they can complement the efforts of the government in spreading the right information and helping those in need.

Rather than sow confusion and hatred among our people, now is the time to cooperate and work with the national and local government so that together we can heal as one nation and recover from this global pandemic.