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Spread of fake news intensifies as election season nears — Bong Go warns public to be vigilant in order not to fall victim to falsehoods and black propaganda

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“Ang patuloy na pagpapakalat ng fake news laban sa akin ay hindi na bago lalo na’t papalapit na ang eleksyon. Nasa taumbayan na ang paghusga kung maniniwala sila sa mga naninira lamang.”

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has issued this warning to the public not to fall victim to fake news and disinformation being pushed by those who wish to take advantage of the vulnerabilities of Filipinos during these challenging times. He said that certain groups are simply trying to sow hatred and divisiveness in order to push their political agenda and vested interests.

“Inaasahan ko na yan ngayong papunta na tayo sa eleksyon. Walang katapusang kasinungalingan at pagpapakalat ng fake news nanaman mula sa mga grupong walang ginawa kundi manira ng kapwa. Wala pong katotohanan lahat yan,” Go lamented.

“Asahan niyo na lang kung may lalabas pa na ganyang litrato, tsismis, o haka-haka, puro na yan fake news. Ano pa ba mae-expect natin sa kalaban na walang magandang maipagmamalaki kaya pilit na nanghihila ng kapwa pababa para sila ang umangat,” he added.

He called on Filipinos to stay vigilant and validate information being spread in various communication channels in order not to be victimized by black propaganda.

“Hayaan na lang natin ang taumbayan na ang humusga kung sino ang tunay na nagtatrabaho, sino ang nagmamalasakit, at sino ang talagang nagseserbisyo sa bayan,” Go said.

“Hindi niyo na po maloloko ang mga Pilipino. Alam ng mga tao kung sino ang mga naninira lamang — yung mga gustong pinturahan kami ng itim at dumihan ang pangalan namin ni Pangulong Duterte para sila ang magmukhang malinis at maputi,” he added.

Go said he will not be surprised if more fictitious claims would arise in the coming days. He stressed that this style of dirty politics is nothing new especially coming from those who only want to discredit the efforts of the government.

“Hindi na ako mabibigla kung meron pang mga magkakalat ng kasinungalingan. I-expect na natin yan na sa mga susunod na mga araw ay isang katutak na paninira na naman ang lalabas,” Go stressed.

“Palibhasa yan naman ang nakagawian nila noon na istilo ng pamumulitika. Huwag niyo po kami isama sa kalokohan ninyo dahil kami po ni Pangulong Duterte at ang buong administrasyon na ito ay patuloy na magseserbisyo sa kapwa naming Pilipino. Hindi po namin sasayangin ang oras namin sa kalokohan ng iba,” Go stressed.

Go also reiterated that he has no interest in running for President in the upcoming elections despite the trust and support given to him by his partymates and supporters. Hence, he said he finds it irrelevant that he is being targeted by those spreading falsehoods.

“Wala naman akong interes tumakbo bilang Pangulo. Kaya huwag niyo ako problemahin. Huwag niyo sayangin oras ninyo sa paninira sa akin,” he reiterated.

Go assured Filipinos that despite the various issues thrown against the administration, they remain focused on fulfilling their mandate and in leading the country towards overcoming the pandemic.

“Nandito po kami para magserbisyo, magbigay ng solusyon sa mga problema, at tumulong sa mga nangangailangan. Iyan ang pangako namin sa taumbayan. Kahit anong putik ang itapon ninyo sa amin, hindi matitinag ang aming prinsipyo na gawin ang tama at ipaglaban ang kapakanan ng bawat Pilipino,” Go said.

Commenting on false allegations being spread on social media about a house being built in an exclusive village, as well as malicious and fabricated information about his family, Go categorically said that there is no truth to these claims.

“Hindi ko alam yang mga bahay ng mga mayayaman sa Ayala Alabang tapos sasabihin na may bahay ako dun. Nakakahiya naman sa tunay na may-ari ng bahay. Kung gusto ninyong ipilit na akin yan, sige, patunayan ninyo at inyo na yan!,” Go dared.

“Pati pamilya ko dinadamay eh nananahimik lang sila sa probinsya. Baka lahat na ng problema sa mundo ay isisi niyo sa akin at lahat na ng tao ay gawin ninyong kamag-anak, kaibigan, o kakilala ko para lang may maniwala sa kwento ninyo,” Go said to those spreading false narratives.

Meanwhile, Go remained firm on his stand against corruption, criminality, and illegal drugs, saying that fighting these societal ills continues to intensify despite the attempts to discredit the efforts of the Duterte administration.

“Nagsalita na ang Pangulo. Nagsalita na rin ako. Sabi namin na magreresign kami kung may mapatunayan na kaso ng anomalya laban sa amin. Ano pa ba ang gusto ng mga kalaban? Imbes na patunayan at magsampa ng kaso, puro paninira nalang ang inaatupag. Napaghahalataan na tuloy na desperado na sila,” Go said.

Go also hit back at critics saying that these desperate acts to spread falsehoods only show that they have nothing good to present to the people, describing them as, “dahil walang naitutulong, naninira na lang. Wala na ngang maiambag para sa ikabubuti ng kapwa, dumadagdag pa sa pahirap ng bayan.”

Go said that others are wasting precious time and resources just to discredit the country’s COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout efforts just to push for their own ambitions.

“Their agenda is clear — to destroy others just to paint them clean knowing they are not. The blatant disregard for due process, fairness and the rule of law shows their true colors.”

Despite all these, Go reminded those in government to focus on doing what is right and what is fair to protect institutions and the lives of the people they serve.

“Desperado na ang kalaban kaya naninira. Hindi na sila naawa sa mga Pilipino. Mas kawawa ang mga Pilipino dahil sa kanila. Maraming namamatay, maraming nagmamakaawa at humihingi ng tulong… yung mga kalaban naman, wala na ngang naitutulong ay naninira pa. Ano ba tinutulong ninyo sa kapwa ninyo?” he said.

“Gusto lang nila putulin ang magagandang programa at nagawa ni Pangulong Duterte sa bayan natin. Hayaan na lang natin na taumbayan ang humusga kung may magandang pagbabago ba sa buhay nila… kung nakakalakad na ba ang kanilang mga anak at kampanteng nakakauwi nang ligtas kaysa nung unang panahon,” he explained.

In the end, Go shared that he has lived a simple and decent life ever since and those who really know him would attest that there is no iota of truth to these allegations.

“Despite all these, I carry on — knowing I have always discharged my duties with utmost integrity and dedication. I assure you that no amount of black propaganda will derail us from our mission to serve,” he said.

“That is why we continue to fight the good fight, anchored on the principle of our leader, President Duterte, to always prioritize the interests of those who are hopeless, helpless and in need, in order to ensure that no Filipino is left behind,” he explained further.

“Hindi po ito panahon ng siraan at sisihan. Panahon ito ng pagmamalasakit at bayanihan!”

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