STOP using social media and text messages to attack Sen. Leila De Lima and journalists who are critical of the Duterte administration.
Malacañang made this appeal yesterday to supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said the public should be “responsible” after De Lima and some reporters said they were being harassed by the President’s supporters.
“Hindi po maganda iyung we’re threatening our own. Syempre, senador natin si Senator De Lima. She’s an elected official of our land,” Andanar told Palace reporters yesterday in his regular press briefing.
“Huwag po tayong magsakitan ng mga pino-post natin sa social media. Lalung-lalo na po, iwasan nating i-threaten ang mga kasamahan natin sa media,” Andanar said.
Reports said that De Lima has received nearly 2,000 threatening text messages.
The senator’s mobile phone was bombarded with messages after a detained crime lord, who claimed she funded her senatorial campaign with drug money, read out her phone number in a nationally televised congressional hearing.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), has also asked Malacañang to investigate the attacks against several journalists and correspondents.