Embattled Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is accusing big media companies of getting massive funds to demolish his him and his private foundation, Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), which is handing the country’s hosting of the SEA Games.
“It was only four or five websites na nagtapon ng mga fake news paulit-ulit. So anong tawag mo do’n? Even ilan sa mga media, umamin na sa amin na may umaagos na pera para siraan ‘yung SEA Games,” said Cayetano in an interview with reporters.
When asked how much, Cayetano replied: “I don’t know. I mean this were just told to me by close friends, and they told me, you know, buti na lang wala tumatanggap. Kasi nga for the country ‘to, pero kung ito ay pulitika o campaign ‘di ba? But you will see it you know for those—’yung networks n’yo na merong subscription sa mga metrics, makikita n’yo ahensyang-ahensya ang bumabanat at saka sa mga… ‘yung fake news na ‘to sunod-sunod makikita mo.”
Cayetano, who has apologized publicly for the mishaps in the buildup towards the November 30 opening of the SEA Games, claimed that 95 percent of the contriversial issues that President Rodrigo Duterte, including the kikiam issue, were “fake news” that were aimed at him and this administration.
“Wag po kayong magagalit ha kahit si Michael Jordan minsan kapag nafe-fakan lumilipad pa, eh ang problema pati sa media ni-report pa rin ‘yung fake news ‘di ba? So kita n’yo ‘yung sinasabing kikiam, it was a buffet, it was chicken sausage, mayrong egg, may rice. It’s nutritious for our athletes, yet kalat na kalat na, pero hindi naman kumakalat ‘yung sagot sa fake news,” said Cayetano.
“It’s already damaging sa atin so I do know that during the digital age, lalo ‘yung mga online, we have to report kaagad but that doesn’t take out the responsibility to check kung totoo ‘yung nire-report o hindi ‘di ba? Hindi pa raw tapos ang swimming pool, sa Nepal naman pala ‘yung swimming pool ‘di ba? Hindi pa raw tapos ‘yung sa Biñan and then magre-report’ yung iba race against time sa Rizal. We told you that from the start ‘di ba? Kasi nga nabitin ‘yung budget, every single part of the way, we brought you to the site, from ground breaking until matapos. So ‘yung mga nire-recycle na issues ngayon, ang target n’yan ako at ‘yung administrasyon na ‘to,” he added.