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Minority senators urge public: Respect institutions, beware of fake news

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Senators from the minority bloc called on the public Monday (June 12) to do their share in protecting the independence of institutions of democracy such as Congress and the Supreme Court and guard against the proliferation of fake news and misinformation.

In a joint statement, Minority Leader Franklin Drilon along with Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Bam Aquino, Leila de Lima, Antonio Trillanes IV and Risa Hontiveros likewise called on the SC and their colleagues in Congress to assert their independence amid the complicated and divisive political environment.

“Let us not allow others to dishonor and disrespect our institutions because doing so is an insult to the memory of the brave and selfless Filipinos who fought for our freedom as a nation,” Drilon said.

Pangilinan and Aquino took note of the proliferation of the so-called fake news which practically already subjected all of them lately.

“We fought for independence from foreign rule. We fought for freedom from a ruthless dictator. Now, we fight terrorism, encroachment on our territory and our freedom to dissent. In the era of fake news, rabid online persecution and weak political institutions, we need to fight for our democracy now more than ever,” Aquino said.

Pangilinan echoed his call saying that Filipinos should not be manipulated by those disseminating misinformation and continuously attempting to sow confusion and chaos on various issues confronting the country.

Trillanes said it is in everyone’s interest that the independence of the institutions in the country be guarded against excesses.

“We will not be able to protect and serve our people if we do not preserve our independence and integrity as institutions of democracy,” they said.