Comelec busy fighting fakenews on eve of elections

ELECTION-RELATED fake news spread on social media on the eve of the 2022 polls, prompting the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to go all-out with its counter-offensive against misinformation.

Among the issues flagged by Comelec George M. Garcia was the bogus resolution, which claimed the Comelec en banc had disqualified the party-list groups affiliated with the Makabayan bloc and senatorial candidate Neri J. Colmenares.

The fake resolution was also accompanied by a supposed press statement by Acting Comelec spokesperson John Rex C. Laudiangco.

“That resolution is fake. The Commission, especially the First or Second Division, as well as the en banc have not released such a resolution,” Garcia said in a press conference on Sunday.

Acting Comelec spokesperson John Rex C. Laudiangco tagged both resolution and press statement as fake.

“Do not believe it. I have not issued any document to this effect. Any issues, any decisions will be officially communicated by the Comelec,” Laudiangco said.

Garcia also corrected the claims of social post, which claimed that trucks delivering ballots boxes were posted with campaign materials of presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr.

“It was not from Comelec or our forwarder. It has no seal in its back,” the head of the Comelec anti-fake news Committee said.

Other fake news which were flagged by Garcia include claims that the elections are already decided due to the rigged vote counting machines (VCM) with the use of universal serial bus (USB).

“VCM machines cannot be manipulated. There is nothing in the machines where USBs can be inserted,” Garcia said.

The poll official warned the public against such fake news which aim to undermine the confidence of the public in the outcome of elections.

“For our citizens who rely on social media for their news, there is no truth in the election results. They have to vote first. There will be such results by tomorrow (May 9) evening,” Garcia said.

Garcia vowed to go after those responsible for spreading the  fake news.