MMDA spox files complaint vs online page over 'fake news'


Posted at Oct 09 2019 01:08 PM

MANILA — The spokesperson of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority on Wednesday lodged a complaint against a Facebook page over its erroneous post against her.

"Laugh Pinoy Page" recently posted a photo of MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago with the caption "MMDA sa commuters: Kung nahihirapan sumakay, 'wag na lang pumasok."

(MMDA tells commuters: If you're having difficulty finding a ride, don't go to work or school.)

"This will affect me and my performance in [a] sense na nagkakaroon na ng bias 'yung mga kababayan natin," said Pialago.

"Eventually mapapaniwala sila ng mga kasinungalingan na 'to, na 'yun talaga ang statement namin... which is never naman naming sinabi," she added.

(This will affect me and my performance in a sense that the public will have bias. Eventually they will believe these lies, think that those are really our statements... which we never said.)

Authorities are "tracking down" administrators of the page, said Police Col. Ramon Roque, chief of the response unit of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group.

The post of Laugh Pinoy, a page critical of the administration, gained buzz after LRT-2 operations were suspended for 5 days due to a fire that struck its power transformer Thursday.

Recently, Pialago also went viral for a Facebook post berating jeepney drivers who joined a Sept. 30 transport strike to protest a government order to replace their vehicles with modernized units worth P2.2 million.

-- Report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News