Philippines – The Liberal Party has challenged presidential bet Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte to put into practice his projection of his being a strict disciplinarian by starting it with his supporters whom it accused of engaging on lying and bullying netizens.
Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez, LP spokesman for campaign, said some netizens themselves who have been posting their own points of view on presidential candidates have fallen prey to various forms of bullying that include name-calling especially if the posts are anti-Duterte.
But what is unacceptable, according to Gutierrez, is the outright lie being spread by Duterte supporters in the social media, especially on the fake endorsements of popular local and foreign personalities.
“We challenge Mayor Duterte to show the discipline he says he will bring to the Philippines. He can start with his supporters,” said Gutierrez.
“He should tell them to stop spreading lies like the fake endorsement of the Pope, Obama, and Miriam, and the story of the nurse who was allegedly in Tacloban during the typhoon,” he added.
A lot of social media posts were spread about the supposed endorsements of Pope Francis, world leaders such as US President Barack Obama, and even showbiz personalities which turned out to be false, according to Gutierrez.
Right after the controversial cursing of Duterte on Pope Francis, a social media post with matching memes was immediately spread in the social media wherein Pope Francis was reportedly quoted saying that he forgave Duterte and even expressed appreciation for owning up to his mistake.
The supposed quote from Pope Francis turned out to be false.
Several similar incidents, according to Gutierrez, ensued such as the story of a nurse in Canada that reportedly picturing Duterte as very good person. (Aaron B. Recuenco)