RACU8 Warns Against Posting of Fake News
Camp Ruperto K Kangleon, Palo, Leyte – The Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit 8 (RACU8) headed by its Chief, PLTCOL ROBERT D BONGAYON JR., warned the public against posting or publishing of false or fake news by passing it off as legitimate news through print or other publication methods or any social media platform.
The following will be charged for violation of Section 18, Art.154 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines relative to the “Unlawful Use of Means of Publication and Unlawful Utterances,” to wit: (1) Any person who by means of printing, lithography, or any other means of publication shall publish or cause to be published as news , any false news which may endanger the public order, or cause damage to the interest or credit of the State; (2) Any person who by the same means, or by words, utterances or speeches shall encourage disobedience to the law or to the constituted authorities or praise, justify, or extol any act punished by law; (3) Any person who shall maliciously publish or cause to be published any official resolution or document without proper authority, or before they have been published officially; and (4) Any person who shall print, publish, or distribute or cause to be printed, published, or distributed books, pamphlets, periodicals, or leaflets which do not bear the real printer’s name, or which are classified as anonymous. The penalty of arresto mayor and a fine ranging from Forty Thousand Pesos (P40, 000. 00) to Two-Hundred Thousand Pesos (P200, 000.00) shall be imposed.
“Posting or publishing of fake news, especially on the current outbreak of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) may cause fear and panic to the public. It is for this reason why we should be responsible enough with the information that we post in social media,” says PBGEN FERDINAND O DIVINA, Regional Director.
Likewise, RD Divina reminded all the PNP personnel of this PRO as part of proper decorum and discipline that they themselves should be extra careful and cautious in posting in their Unit’s Official FB accounts or even in sharing any information in their personal Facebook accounts or any other social media accounts.
Should you have any inquiry, please contact us through the following social media accounts: Facebook Accounts: Pulis Rehiyon VIII; or Facebook Page: Police Regional Office 8 or YouTube Channel: Pulis Otso (The Official YouTube Channel of PRO8).