Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas urges the public not to engage or spread fake news. This is in response to circulating message saying that the city will be under ‘total lockdown’ from August 28 to 31, 4 days.
“Please do not believe a post or message currently circulating that I will declare a total lockdown of Iloilo City for 4 days from August 28 – 31, 2020. This is not true. Again, I urge everyone to stop spreading false information and unverified reports that could affect our city’s overall unified response against COVID-19, and that may cause panic and confusion of the public,”states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas in a social media post via the Iloilo City Government.
It may be recalled that Treñas warned fake news proliferators that he will ‘not hesitate to call them out and file charges against them.’ Here is his statement shared via social media.
“I will not hesitate to file charges against you. Read the full statement: “I strongly warn anyone against the spreading of false information and unverified reports that could affect our city’s overall unified response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fake news proliferators will face the full force of the law. I will not hesitate to call you out and file charges against you. Every Ilonggo must cooperate in our fight to stop COVID-19 from further infecting our populace, including to refrain from sharing and posting false reports that may unduly cause panic and confusion.
I urge everyone to be vigilant and join the City Government and law enforcement agencies as we relentlessly take measures against misinformation and spread of fake news.”