MANILA - House Speaker and SEA Games chief organizer Alan Peter Cayetano said they are tracing the source of black propaganda, which he claimed is being spewed by anti-administration forces to ruin the Games.
This, after he claimed some websites and social media pages are continuously publishing "fake news" on the regional sporting event.
“Meron pong at least apat na Facebook page at website na doon nagsisimula lahat tapos ikinakalat to the same groups. May isang team kami ngayon na kinakalap 'yun. Baka humingi kami ng tulong sa NBI (National Bureau of Investigation). But as I've said, focus muna tayo, allow us to finish the hosting," Cayetano told radio DZMM Friday.
(There are at least four Facebook pages and website, where fake news come from and are being shared to same groups. We have a team jotting them. We may ask help from the NBI. But as I've said, let's focus on the Games first, allow us to finish the hosting.)
He said he is not against the media reporting negative news about the Games, but he wants "fake news" to stop spreading.
"'Yun lang po talagang kapag fake na ayaw naman i-report. Halimbawa po, nung sinabing kikiam, wala man lang kumuha ng picture o tinignan kung kikiam ba talaga. Tapos lumabas chicken sausage pala,” he said.
(We only don't want fake news to be reported. For example, when the media reported we served kikiam, no one took a picture of it or even looked if it was really kikiam. And it turned out it was chicken sausage.)
Cayetano earlier said false news on the Games included reports that athletes were served kikiam, a street food snack, instead of chicken sausage.
It was however Let Dimzon, the coach of the Philippine Malditas football team, who claimed they were served kikiam at breakfast on Monday. News outlets quoted the official.
The hotel of the women's football teams later claimed kikiam wasn't on the menu, and said they served chicken sausage.
Cayetano also had claimed funds were flowing into an alleged "smear" campaign against the Philippines' hosting of the Games, adding he was considering filing libel charges against those behind the alleged disinformation campaign.
- Report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News