Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia denies she issued the statements contained in an online material bearing GMA Network’s logo announcing that all workplaces with more than 50 workers have paid mandatory leaves, and that all schools in the city will be closed beginning March 12.
“It is as much as in insult to you, GMA, as it is an insult to me… I wish to state in the strongest possible forms that the fake news attributed to me, supposedly my calling for some leave, I deny, the strongest,” the governor told reporters in a press conference today, March 10.
She had called on the GMA News Network to issue a statement on the fake news that spread in social media. The material used the logo and other peripherals of the television network to make the public believe that the news is legitimate and credible. The media outfit already posted a statement in its official media account to disown the material.
“Why I have been chosen as a subject matter for fake news is beyond my comprehension – whether it was meant as a prank, or meant for some other ill-motive. But what is important now is for the public to know that I never issued such statements,” according to the governor.
Just last February, the Cebu Provincial Board approved an ordinance penalizing people who spread false information online or through text about the ongoing health scare. Imprisonment of up to one year awaits those who are found guilty. #