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Leni Robredo could take legal action against those spreading fake news: spokesperson

In this photo provided by the Office of the Vice President, Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo gestures as she delivers a post-election statement from her home in Magarao, Camarines Norte in the eastern Philippines on Tuesday May 10, 2022. (Office of the Vice President via AP)

Lawyers for Vice President Leni Robredo are considering taking legal action against those who spread disinformation and the social media platforms that host these materials, according to One News.

On the vice president’s weekly radio show Sunday, June 19, Robredo’s spokesman, Barry Gutierrez, said a lawsuit could be filed after his term ends on June 30.

This is to combat the proliferation of fake news, which Gutierrez says is detrimental to democracy and public discourse. Any lawsuit would not only be for Robredo, but also for the victims of social media misinformation.

Robredo is considered the main target and biggest victim of online misinformation.

In the recently published Digital News Report 2022, Yvonne T. Chua of the University of the Philippines noted that the country was “inundated with misinformation” ahead of the election. Such misinformation primarily ridiculed President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and demonized Robredo.

The report also noted that the Philippines is one of three countries where political misinformation (64%) is more prevalent than unproven coronavirus claims (61%).