He said, she said: What they claimed in 'fake news' Senate probe


Posted at Oct 04 2017 06:50 PM | Updated as of Oct 04 2017 07:26 PM

The Senate committee on public information and mass media on Wednesday began tackling the proliferation of misleading news. 

Lawmakers, bloggers, journalists, government officials, and lawyers shared their views on "fake news."

Minority Sen. Bam Aquino grills Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson during a Senate inquiry where she insisted that she does not need to get both sides of a story because she's a blogger, unlike what she demands from the media.

Journalist Ellen Tordesillas says government officials themselves spread fake news.

Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay says false information propagated by public officials poses threats to democracy.

Sen. Nancy Binay says Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson should decide between holding a government office or blogging.

“Thinking Pinoy” blogger Rey Joseph Nieto says he is not a public official and he is “just a consultant" in the Department of Foreign Affairs, after Senator Kiko Pangilinan noted that Nieto works for the executive branch.