Viciousness not sole property of Duterte supporters - Badoy

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Posted at Jan 30 2018 12:47 PM

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Online hate is propagated not just by the supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte, but also by his critics, Presidential Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy said Tuesday.

"Viciousness is not the sole property of pro-Dutertes because I've been on the receiving end as well and so have my friends," she said during a Senate hearing on "fake news."

"It cuts both ways. This is not the sole crime of pro-Duterte bloggers."

Badoy, a staunch Duterte loyalist, said that she was threatened online with rape, accused of having an affair with a senator, and had fended questions about the paternity of her children.

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, who has also been bashed online, meanwhile said that the goal of hate is "to silence dissent."

Watch a livestreaming of the hearing here.

DZMM, 30 January 2018