Hilbay joins netizens demand for Mocha’s arrest for posting ‘fake news’ in her blog

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Manila, Philippines — Former opposition Senatorial candidate Florin “Pilo” Hilbay on Friday joined the netizens on their demand  for Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) deputy administrator Margaux “Mocha” Uson to be arrested for violating the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.”

Hilbay posted in his Twitter, as he was emphasizing on a provision in the newly enacted law criminalizing the act of spreading disinformation in the time of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis by urging the government to punish Uson’s recent social media fiasco, which for many netizens as another act of spreading fake news in her sensational blog.

“The Bayanihan Act dangerously criminalizes fake news. O sige nga… #ArrestMochaNOW,” Hilbay Twitted.

The former Solicitor General’s tweeted after Uson’s Facebook page Mocha Uson Blog posted news of the Department of Health’s (DOH) newly-purchased personal protective equipment (PPE), showing a photo of health care frontliners wearing the donated PPEs by the government.

However, a netizen opposed Mocha’s post regarding the donated PPEs, claiming that the photos were actually the donation made by SM Foundation and not by the DOH.

After being called out, Mocha immediately edited her Facebook page and posted a different photo and apologized. She also thanked the netizen for calling her attention.

The Bayanihan Act or RA 11469, 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.”

Just last month, Uson also stirred controversy for posting sentiments against Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto for initiating ways to help his constituents affected by the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent imposition of the community quarantine.

But the OWWA Deputy Administrator later on denied being against the mayor and argued that a different admin was the author of the post.

Following the social media mistake, celebrities and netizens assembled to report Mocha Uson Blog on Facebook. Which was later on taken down by Facebook.

On the other hand, The National Bureau of Investigation earlier requested Sotto to explain his side for allegedly violating the Bayanihan Act for allowing the “continuous tricycle operations” in Pasig despite the ban on public transport amid the quarantine period imposed by the national government.

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