A “misquote” and “#FAKENEWS”.

That was how Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto called out a Western Visayas newspaper for “misquoting” him and using it to criticize President Rodrigo Duterte over his support of his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who is rumored to run for the presidency in next year’s election.

“Kung magaling kang leader, mapapasa mo sa susunod na lider. Ibig sabihin, may continuity. Hindi ‘yung anak mo lang o ano. Hindi lang naman ang isang tao ang magaling eh. Hindi lang isang pamilya ang magaling. Let’s find the next generation of leaders who will be better than the leaders that we already had,” the newspaper quoted Sotto as saying.

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“Maaaring totoo ang quote, pero last year pa at HINDI presidential elections ang topic!! Misquoted ng ibang Dilawan group para sumakto sa naratibo nila… kaso lang, naniwala ang iilang supporters ng Presidente at kaya nagalit,” Sotto clarified.

Sotto advised the public to be critical since “fake news” will rise with the coming elections.

He added that the post is not a “big issue” however, he posted some points to clarify things:

  1. Laganap talaga ang fake news at dadami pa ito habang lumalapit eleksyon. Maging mapanuri. Hindi porket gusto (o ayaw) mo ang quote ay totoo na.
  2. Dito sa Pasig, WORK MODE lang tayo. Wag nating intidihin ang maiingay na boses na mahilig gumawa ng intriga. Sa lungsod pa lang, ang dami na nating kailangan gawin; hindi ngayon ang panahon para makikisawsaw sa national politics.
  3. Masyado na tayong polarized bilang mga Pilipino. Basta sa Pasig, welcome ang lahat ng partido. Hindi natin kailangan gumaya sa politika ng iba.??”

 Ronald Espartinez