A prominent College of Law dean has denied reports he lambasted the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for making Senator Leila de Lima a “poster girl” for human rights.
“I never slammed the CBCP for having invited Sen. De Lima to speak after a Eucharistic celebration.
“In the first place, I have always placed myself at the service of the CBCP,” said San Beda College of Law dean Fr. Ranhilio Aquino Callangan on a post in his Facebook account.
Callangan pointed out that De Lima, who is accused of involvement in the drug trade in the National Bilibid Prisons, was not invited by the CBCP
“The CBCP was not in session,” he noted.
Callangan clarified that his “quoted remarks were in a comment made on a post” by a netizen who solicited his reaction regarding De Lima speaking to the churchgoers after the Mass.
At least four sites ran the same story saying Callangan criticized the CBCP for allegedly making the beleaguered senator a“poster girl for human rights.”
Many Filipinos, young and old alike, including overseas Filipino contract workers who are online everyday, were led to believe the news was true without validating whether it was accurate or not.
The sites that reported the inaccurate story included, http://www.trendingnewsportal.net.ph, http://www.tartey.com, and http://www.nowreader.com.
“We do have irresponsible persons in m
edia,” Callangan said.