National Bureau of Investigations Summoned Mocha Uson for Spreading Fakenews

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has launched a probe into Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) deputy administrator Mocha Uson’s actions for allegedly spreading fake news related to the COVID-19 crisis.

“Yes, she is being investigated by our Cybercrime Division for fake news,” said NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin. “We included her in the investigation [on] posting of PPEs.”

Last month, Uson posted photos on Facebook showing new PPEs and credited the government for purchasing them. She was later fact-checked and it was revealed that those photos were donated by the SM Foundation.

Lavin said Uson falls under an earlier Department of Justice (DOJ) order to investigate coronavirus-related fake news.

“There was an order of the Secretary of Justice before for the NBI to investigate fake news, we included her in the investigation re-posting of PPEs,” said Lavin. The Bayanihan We Heal As One-Act grants President Rodrigo Duterte additional powers to jail anyone for two months or fine them ₱10,000 to ₱1 million for spreading false information.

Section 6(f) of the Bayanihan Act provides that: “Individuals or groups creating, perpetuating, or spreading false information regarding the COVID-19 crisis on social media and other platforms, such information having no valid of beneficial effect on the population, and are clearly geared to promote chaos, panic, anarchy, fear, or confusion; and those participating in cyber incidents that make us or take advantage of the current crisis situation to prey on the public through scams, phishing, fraudulent emails, or other similar acts.”

Her social media pages are full of fake news which earned her the title the Queen of Fake News, and many would say ‘rightfully so’.

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