MANILA - A Palace spokeswoman has alerted American cable news channel CNN of fake photos of allegedly repackaged goods being distributed by President Aquino to victims of super typhoon Yolanda.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte sent a message to CNN's iReport after a post titled "Dirty Philippine politics in shameless display" allegedly showed repackaged instant noodles with the yellow ribbon sign of Aquino. The noodles were allegedly being distributed to victims of the super typhoon.
"Don't be deceived...I write to report a malicious blog entry uploaded to your site http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1061775 titled 'Dirty Philippine Politics in shameless display' which contains a photo of repackaged noodles with a yellow ribbon label on them, which user Male22maroon alleges are being distributed by President Benigno S. Aquino III to victims of Typhoon Haiyan," Valte said in her message, which was also posted on her Facebook account.
The Palace spokeswoman noted that the iReport did not contain details of where the items were allegedly distributed, or when.
"A simple image search on Google will reveal that the same photo has made the rounds of the Internet whenever a calamity hits the Philippines, in an obvious attempt to malign the President and his government," she said.
Valte said the items were donated by a group of supporters in 2009, in the aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana).
She said Aquino, who was then the leading presidential candidate for the May 2010 elections, "requested that the labels be removed before the items be distributed further, and the volunteers thankfully acceded his request."
"I hope the said report can be removed from your site as it is obviously intended to mislead your readers, something which is quite contrary to the values of journalism and ethics that your organization promotes," she said.
A check on the CNN iReport page showed that the item has been removed.