PUERTO PRINCESA City Mayor Lucilo Bayron yesterday decried the use and distribution of “fake news” by his political opponents aimed at sowing confusion, maligning, vilifying him in public, and destroying his reputation as an elective public official.
Bayron’s reaction emanated from what he branded as baseless accusation and misinformation through dissemination and sharing of “fake news” by top leaders and supporters of his political foes in social media.
The mayor said the Court of Appeals resolution - CA G.P. SP 149375 - dated October 13 and penned by CA Justice Japar Dimaampao was “fake.”
The “fake news” was posted in the Facebook account of Jose Maria “Joey” Mirasol, a top political adviser of former City Mayor Edward Hagedorn.
Mirasol’s post, which was seen last November 17 reads: “The CA resolution dated 13 Oct 2017 that Bayron claims stay, the Ombudsman dismissal order is fake. It does not appear on the CA case status website and cannot be confirmed by Justice Japar Dimaampao. True blue dishonesty.”
Bayron charged that Mirasol’s post was a “fake news,” complete falsehood and maliciously dispensed to lie and fool the public as it is fully debunked by the certification issued by lawyer Teresita Marigomen, a clerk of court at the Court of Appeals and lawyer Arnel Macapagal, chief reporter, CA on November 21.
“I am outraged by the public indignation on my person done by Mirasol and his followers as their acts were outrageous and deliberately done intended to defraud the public in the city as well as those reached by Facebook everywhere. I can only say that he could pass as one dispenser of fake news,” Bayron said.
The subject resolution was a key part in Bayron’s legal status to hold the post as city mayor of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
Bayron had tasked his lawyers to study on necessary legal action that should be taken against Mirasol and his cohorts in relation to the issue.