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Fake news ‘yan! Arroyo mulling legal action vs malicious Facebook post

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

The camp of House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is studying all legal options following series of alleged smear campaigns against her in social media.

In a statement, the Office of House Speaker said it was coordinating with law enforcement agencies to determine the people behind these efforts to put the name of the former President in a bad light.

On Sunday, publicist Philip Lustre Jr. posted on his Facebook platform a supposed document signed by Arroyo in connection with a bicameral conference procedure over the approval of an electric franchise in Iloilo City.

The correspondence indicated Mrs. Arroyo was ordering Palawan Rep. Franz “Chicoy” Alvarez, chair of the House committee on legislative franchise to hasten the bicameral conference report over the application of legislative franchise of MORE Electric and Power Corporation upon orders from no less than President Rodrigo Duterte.

The camp Mrs. Arroyo said that the House leader has not issued any correspondence over any electric franchise.

“The Speaker is focused on passing the 16 bills in the legislative agenda of President Duterte,” the statement read.

It can be seen in the said document that the alleged signature of the former chief executive is quite different to the one she used to write in public document.

Arroyo’s office also stressed that the official letterhead of the Office of the House Speaker is “nowhere close to the letterheads used in the fake documents.”

“Be it known that the Speaker does not sign such kinds of correspondence as the task is delegated to her Deputy Secretary General,” the statement read.

Aside from the alleged letter on to Alvarez, Mrs. Arroyo also denied another circulating document in social media wherein, she is endorsing a supposed applicant in the Bureau of Customs.