Hilbay's joins call asking Mocha's arrest following her posting of "fake news"

Hilbay's joins call asking Mocha's arrest following her posting of "fake news"

First it was Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto, then Vice President Leni Robredo….Politics has definitely made itself a notch higher than the previous two weeks of the enhanced community quarantine currently prevailing in Luzon.
Former Solicitor General Florin “Pilo” Hilbay has joined calls of a group of netizens which are calling for the resignation of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) deputy administrator Margaux “Mocha” Uson to be arrested for violating the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.”

In his Tweet, the former SolGen was making a point against a provision in the newly enacted law criminalizing the act of sowing disinformation in the time of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, by prodding the government to make an example of Uson’s recent online gaffe, perceived as many netizens as another act of peddling fake news in her widely popular blog.
Former Solicitor General Florin “Pilo” Hilbay
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“The Bayanihan Act dangerously criminalizes fake news. O sige nga… #ArrestMochaNOW,” Hilbay said.

The SolGen’s call comes after Uson’s Facebook Page  Mocha Uson Blog posted news of the Department of Health’s (DOH) newly-purchased personal protective equipment (PPE), which was accompanied by a photo of frontliners wearing PPEs donated by a supermarket chain, not the ones provided by government.
(photo credit to owner)

Uson’s Facebook page was rained with complaints, then edited its post to featuring a different photo and apologized. Uson, then thanked the netizen for calling her attention.

“Bayanihan to Heal as One Act,” was signed into law by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte last March 24, section 6 (f) of the said law states: “Individuals or groups creating, perpetrating, or spreading false information regarding the COVID-19 crisis on social media and other platforms, such information having no valid of beneficial effect on the population, and are clearly geared to promote chaos, panic, anarchy, fear, or confusion; and those participating in cyber incidents that make us or take advantage of the current crisis situation to prey on the public through scams, phishing, fraudulent emails, or other similar acts.”

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