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Comelec warns Filipinos about fake information spreading via group chats

By AYIE LICSI Published Nov 10, 2021 2:49 pm


Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez warned the public about misinformation on election matters gathered from group chats online.

"Group chats are sources of unsubstantiated information, opinions, and speculations. Be careful about spreading posts found in group chats," Jimenez tweeted. "If you cannot personally verify their accuracy and veracity, it is suggested you refrain from spreading them."

The spokesman's statement was in response to a Twitter user who was sharing information from a Viber group about the possibility of Sara Duterte running for president in the upcoming 2022 national elections. It also said that former senator Bongbong Marcos will be running for vice president instead because "Comelec will disqualify him upon instruction of President Duterte." The false tweet also said the move is brokered by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

"This tweet shares unsubstantiated conclusions clearly based on nothing but speculation. This is a form of misinformation, regardless of the intention for tweeting. Stop spreading fake news," Jimenez replied to the user.

Sara Duterte has yet to announce her election plans after she withdrew her bid for reelection as Davao City mayor. Meanwhile, the petition to cancel Marcos' presidential candidacy has been raffled off to the second division of Comelec.