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Bong Go confirms seeking NBI’s help over critical social media posts but clueless about college student’s arrest

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Senator Bong Go confirmed Thursday (July 16) that he sought the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) help over social media posts that potentially violate the Anti-Cybercrime Law, but said he’s unaware a college student had been subpoenaed due to a post critical of him.

In a statement, Go said he wrote NBI to request for an investigation regarding social media posts that could violate the Anti-Cybercrime Law, particularly libel.

“Kasama naman po iyan sa mandato ng NBI na imbestigahan ang mga ito. Lahat naman po ng nagpapakalat ng fake news o malicious information ay pwedeng i-report sa NBI upang malaman kung may paglabag ba sa batas na naganap at ma-verify ang katauhan ng may-ari ng account kung siya ba talaga ang nagpost o hindi,” he said.

Go, however, said he did not know about the college student whom ABS-CBN reported to have been subpoenaed by the NBI over posts critical of him.

ABS-CBN reporter Niko Baua said the student’s lawyer confirmed that Go’s lawyers filed the complaint against him.

Go said the student should just answer the allegations.

“Kung wala naman po silang iligal na sinabi o ginawa, wala silang dapat katakutan. Pero kung mapatunayang may nilabag silang batas, panagutan dapat nila,” he said.

Go said that while he respects critics’ right to share their views, posting fake news or misleading information is a different story.

“[K]ung alam ninyong hindi totoo at nais niyo lang manira ng kapwa tao sa pamamagitan ng pakakalat ng fake news, panagutan niyo dapat ang inyong kasalanan kapag mapatunayang may paglabag sa batas ang ginawa ninyo. Korte naman ang magsasabi kung ang inyong paratang laban sa akin ay paglabag sa Cybercrime Law, laws on libel, o iba pang batas,” he said.

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