This is certainly not the right time to joke and spread fake news.
The Philippines’ law enforcement agencies will run after the sources of false information about the novel coronavirus disease (CoVID-19) on social media and if found will be fined with up to P1 million or jail time of two months. This is under the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” recently signed by President Duterte.
“We appeal to our countrymen not to listen to any false news or untrue information designed not only to mislead but also to create panic and anxiety.”– Salvador Panelo, Presidential Spokesperson
This is also a reminder for all of us to follow Ms. Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach’s advice, “Think before you click”.
The specific “offenses” that would be penalized under the law in the Senate Bill No. 1418 are:
“Individuals or groups creating, perpetuating, or spreading false information regarding the COVID-19 crisis on social media and other platforms.”
“Such information having no valid or 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 use or take advantage of the current crisis situation to prey on the public through scams, phishing, fraudulent emails, or other similar acts.”
As the threat of the Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19 rises every day, the Cebu province has taken a proactive approach and is pulling all stops in protecting the island. Here’s everything you need to know about COVID-19 and its symptoms: https://sugbo.ph/2020/corona-virus-in-cebu/
With this, an Executive Order was issued for the implementation of the drastic but necessary measures to avoid the spread of the virus. For more information, head on to: https://sugbo.ph/2020/cebu-implements-drastic-measures/
If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical attention, call the local Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice: 0922-397-2334 / 0943-568-3298 / (032) 402-3091 / (032) 402-1269.