Under siege Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano will not go down without a fight.

Humanda kayo, i-unmask ko kayo! Cayetano threatens to sue media for embarrassing him with ‘fake news’

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Under siege Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano will not go down without a fight.

Cayetano, head of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), has threatened to file cyberlibel against big media companies that posted damaging news on the snafus in the buildup to the SEA Games.
Cayetano, who is also facing investigation by Malacanang for irregularities in the hosting of the SEA Games, claimed that big media companies were paid massive amounts of funds to embarrass him and PHISGOC with a barrage of “fake news.”

“Basta handa ako sa imbestigasyon after the SEA Games. Humanda rin kayo sa imbestigasyon kasi ia-unmask ko rin kayo. Pababayaan ko na ang Pilipino na buweltahan sila,” said Cayetano in an interview with reporters.

“‘Yung nag-violate ng law na umabot sa libel at cyber libel, yes. It’s the obligation of course, I need the Phisgoc board to approve it. But my vote sa Phisgoc is that anything that tried to smear my name or any personality, okay lang kasi personal ‘yun. But if you try to smear the name of the SEA Games or of the country, dapat naman humarap ka,” he added.

Cayetano, who has apologized for the mishaps in the run-up to the November 30 opening of the SEA Games, has dismissed the flood of bad new as a hatchet job by big media.

“Politika at saka talagang ano, ‘yung kawalan ng pagmamahal sa ating bansa. They mistake hitting me and the SEA Games, with politics and what hurts the country,” he said.

“The problem that we have face now are dalawa lang: fake news and logistical projects. But anything under PHISGOC, including ‘yung sa Clark, natapos in time, and it’s world-class, so what is the issue? Napakaaga ng 2022, hindi naman ako tatakbo eh,” he added.

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