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Shades of Cocoy Dayao? Cayetano tags political group behind smear campaign vs. SEA Games

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said the group behind the series of smear campaign against the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) has already been identified.

Cayetano said the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) has already established a link between a “political” group and at least four Facebook pages and websites that are proliferating hoaxes and false reports in this year’s SEA Games based on their initial findings.

“Meron pong at least apat na Facebook pages at website na doon nagsisimula lahat tapos, ikinakalat to the same groups,” said Cayetano.

“At least yung na-trace namin sa social media… so, I’m not saying na ‘yung mga online na ito na nilagay nga yung kikiam, nilagay nga yung swimming pool sa Nepal—this is intentionally,” said Cayetano.

Cayetano didn’t identify the supposed group or the Facebook pages that were already been flagged but Kabayan Party-list Rep. Ron Salo during his privilege speech last Wednesday identified some of them.

Salo listed Facebook pages “Malacañang Catering Services, Pinoy Ako Blog, and Silent No More” as among those behind the alleged hashtag “#SEAgamesfail” black propaganda.

Silent No More is allegedly controlled by Aquino-era Palace communications consultant Edward Angelo “Cocoy” Dayao, who has been also tagged behind the smear campaign against administration senators in 2017 including Cayetano and branded them as “Malacañang lapdogs” because they did not sign a resolution condemning the drug-related killings of minors.

Dayao is currently at large following a cyber-liber complaint filed against him by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III.

Dayao is also the web administrator of Pinoy Ako Blog which is being operated by Liberal Party-linked blogger Jover Laurio based in the 2017 Senate inquiry.

Cayetano drew flak not only here in the country but also in the international circuit following the reported logistical and accommodation mishandling and as well corruption allegations on the Philippines’ SEAG hosting.

The House leader on Thursday issued a threat that he will not only unmask those purveying “fake news” against the Philippines’ hosting of SEA Games but he will make sure that those go beyond the bounds of the law will be liable for libel or cyber-libel.

The Taguig-Pateros solon later refuted his statement, saying that sees no problem for media reporting the lapses and other negative impressions in hosting the bi-annual sporting event for as long as it’s a “fair criticism.”

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