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Throwback Thursday: Ping, journalist recall fake news, Arroyo-style

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Contrary to popular notion, fake news has been around for quite a while. Just ask Sen. Panfilo Lacson.

On Thursday, Lacson recalled being victimized by fake news nearly 20 years ago, when he was linked to drugs and other illegal activities.

He said that while two of the sources of this fake news had retracted their statements and even apologized, those who spread the lies have yet to show some sense of responsibility.

“I was a victim of fake news for the longest time in the past. The two original sources have since retracted their statements under oath, even apologized. I’m still waiting for those who spread those false information to show decency and some sense of responsibility to the public,” Lacson said on his Twitter account.

He was referring to retired Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Victor Corpus, who last year admitted he was wrong in linking Lacson to illegal activities.

Corpus, who headed the ISAFP after the EDSA-2 revolt in 2001, read his “public apology” in a video posted on social media in April 2017.

Corpus, in his apology, said the source of his information linking Lacson to illegal activities such as drugs was “devious and a fraud.”

“This grievous mistake that I have committed maligned the reputation of Sen. Panfilo Lacson. With this grave error on my part, I humbly and sincerely offer my public apology to Sen. Lacson and his entire family,” he said.

While Corpus did not elaborate, he was referring to Angelo “Ador” Mawanay, a self-proclaimed witness who accused Lacson of involvement in illegal activities but failed to substantiate his claims.

Mawanay had also made a complete turnaround in 2004, denying the allegations he made.

In response to Lacson’s tweet, print journalist Daxim Lucas recalled Corpus and Mawanay’s supposed expose on Lacson’s alleged foreign bank accounts turned out to be a dud.

Lucas recalled then Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Rafael Buenaventura saying the bank account numbers Corpus and Mawanay floated turned out to be Citibank credit card numbers.

Lacson agreed, saying he immediately asked the Citibank regional office based in Hong Kong at the time to check and certify on the status of the account numbers exposed by Mawanay and Corpus which they said were non-existent.

“I don’t remember PDI reporting that. They were too busy selling newspapers,” he said in reply to Lucas.

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