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False Reports of Former President Duterte’s Death Prompt Police Investigation

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The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) has initiated an investigation into the dissemination of false information on social media claiming Former President Rodrigo Duterte’s death. This incident has sparked concern and prompted a response from Duterte himself and his allies.

Here are some details from the report of GMA Regional TV News.

Investigation Initiated

DCPO spokesperson Captain Hazel Tuazon confirmed in an interview with GMA Super Radyo Davao that intelligence operatives are working closely with the Anti-Cybercrime Unit to identify and trace the originators of the misleading information.

To address the rumors, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go went live on Facebook along with Duterte to debunk the false reports. Both emphasized that Duterte is alive and well, countering the misinformation circulating online.

Statements from Senator Go and Duterte

Senator Go emphasized Duterte’s current health status, acknowledging his age but affirming his overall good health despite minor health issues. Duterte himself reassured the public that he is merely resting at his residence in Davao City and is not in any immediate danger.

Both Go and Duterte urged the public to refrain from spreading false information and emphasized the importance of verifying news before sharing it. They underscored the disruptive and harmful effects such misinformation can have, especially concerning public figures.

As authorities continue their investigation into the origin of the Duterte’s death false reports, the incident serves as a reminder of the impact of fake news in the age of social media. The prompt response from Senator Go and Duterte highlights their commitment to transparency and combating misinformation surrounding public figures.

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Written by Ruben Licera

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