MANILA - Posts circulating on social media about the extension of the 1-month lockdown of Luzon and military control are "fake news," the spokesman of the government's coronavirus response task force said Friday.
Authorities have also identified the purported sources of misinformation, said Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles told DZMM. The lockdown of Luzon, home to half of the Philippines' 100 million people, is scheduled to end on April 12.
ABS-CBN News earlier flagged a manipulated image purporting that it reported a lockdown extension.
"Gusto ko pong linawin na lahat po ito ay puro fake news lamang po. 'Wag po tayong maniwala na may military control o extended lockdown o may pagsasara ng Divisoria at ibang public markets natin," Nograles said.
(I would like to clarify that these are all fake news. Don't believe reports of military control, extended lockdown or the closure of Divisoria and other public markets.)
"Please, to the public, do not share. Do not post mga fake news na ito," he said.
The lockdown, meant to stop the spread of COVID-19, requires millions to stay at home and limits transportation to food, medicine, essential equipment and frontline workers.
"Hintayin ninyo lang po official announcement. Yung lumalabas na social cards attributing to some media outlets 'wag po nating paniwalaan. Napaka-creative ng mga gumagawa ng fake news," he said.
(Let's wait for the official announcement. Don't believe social cards attributed to some media outlets. The purveryors of fake news are very creative.)
"If it's not coming mismo mula sa IATF o mula sa Pangulo o mula sa DOH, 'wag po tayong maniwala," he said, referring to the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 and the Department of Health.
(If it's not coming from the IATF, or the President, or the DOH, don't believe it.)