Texts about ABS-CBN Cebu workers having COVID-19 is fake news
Mandaue City government warns public that spreading fake news is punishable by law
CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Mandaue City government has tagged as fake news a message that has circulated via mobile text messages claiming that military troops were sent in Barangay Jagobiao, Mandaue City to enforce a total lockdown.
The “fake news” message alleged that all employees of ABS-CBN, whose Cebu station is located in the barangay, are inflicted with coronavirus.
“We would like to inform everyone that there is NO TRUTH TO THIS MATTER. This is FAKE NEWS. The purpose of this is to cause fear and panic. Such act is punishable by law,” the city said in a statement through the Public Information Office.
The city government called on the public to immediately report to authorities anyone who would forward the false information.
ABS-CBN Cebu, through its flagship news program TV Patrol Central Visayas’ Facebook page, also debunked the claims of the text message.
“Dili tinuod ang gipakatap nga balita nga nataptan sa COVID-19 ang mga empleyado sa ABS-CBN Cebu,” ABS-CBN Cebu’s statement read.
(Reports circulating claiming that workers of ABS-CBN Cebu have COVID-19 is false.)
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