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Mga tuta ni Alan kumakahol! Mike Defensor to lead House probe of ‘fake news’ media on SEAG: Libel ba ‘yan o treason?

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Rep. Mike Defensor of Ang Kalusugan Partylist will take charge of the House probe on the “fake news” reports on Southeast Asian Games by media which Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano accused of getting massive funds to destroy him and his private foundation, Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC).

Defensor eagerly pushed for the probe during his interpellation in the privilege speech of Kabayan Rep. Ron Salo who parroted the fake news allegations made by Cayetano for which he said media were criminally liable.

“As chairman of the committee on public accounts in which you (Salo) are also the vice chair, I will definitely be happy to investigate this particular fake news being propagated either in social media or traditional media,” said Defensor.

Defensor even asked Salo if the “criminal liability” of these media firms were “tantamount to libel or treason.”

Aside from Defensor, other lawmakers who backed Salo’s probe on media were Jonathan Sy-Alvarado of Bulacan; Eric Pineda of 1-PACMAN Partylist; Bem Noel of An Waray; Rodante Marcoleta of SAGIP; and Jericho Nograles of PBA Partylist.

Cebu Rep. Raul del Mar , however, argued during interpellation that Salo’s claim that media was spreading misinformation was too sweeping. Del Mar pointed out that even Cayetano and Malacanang had already apologized for these lapses following the athletes complaints, with President Rodrigo Duterte hismelf ordering a probe of the irregularities and snafus of PHISGOC, including Cayetano.

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