Sen. Joel Villanueva ain’t faking it.
Villanueva goes laborious on folks spreading faux news, with public officers getting greater penalties.
Villanueva is proposing to slap a tremendous of between P100,000 and P5 million in opposition to offenders and as much as six years in jail.
The neophyte senator famous the necessity to impose a extra stringent punishment for presidency officers “because public office is a public trust.”
“Yung operative word dito is ‘malicious intent’. Napaka-irresponsible kasi for public officials na magsalita on something na tinitingnan pa lang na totally wala pang verification, it has to stop,” he stated.
Although Villanueva talked about no names, it was obvious that he was referring to the incident involving Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II who divulged an alleged assembly of some opposition leaders with some identified political clans in Marawi City final May 2 which turned out to be a false data.
While Aguirre admitted his “mistake”, he has not apologized publicly to these he had dragged on the problem that included Senators Bam Aquino, Antonio Trillanes IV and Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano.
“I think he should apologize,” Villanueva, referring to Aguirre, stated.
But with or with an apology from Aguirre, the senator is bent on introducing a legislation in opposition to faux news.
“The bottomline here is, we should not tolerate malicious intention of anyone, even social media sites na nagpapakalat ng fake news na ang intention is manakot, manindak at manira ng kahit sinuman,” he stated.
“I don’t want to single out anyone or any sector of the society. Ang importante dito ay mayroon tayong batas to ensure na yung mabibiktima rin ay mapo-protektahan natin,” the senator stated.