MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has downplayed allegations he is a ‘fake news king’ following an administrative complaint filed by several youth groups.
Several groups including Akbayan Youth and Millennials Against Dictators has filed a complaint against Aguirre for allegedly violating Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees over the false information about opposition lawmakers Antonio Trillanes IV, Bam Aquino and other individuals who supposedly met in Marawi weeks before the violence erupted in the city last May.
The group accused Aguirre of making “serious allegations that warranted careful scrutiny” only to flip-plop later on in his subsequent statements to the media, thus misleading the public with ‘outright lies’.
“His refusal to publicly apologize for his actions amount to conduct unbecoming of a public officer and clearly indicate his lack of probity and accountability,” the group said.
No fake news king
But Aguirre said the youth groups are merely making a mountain out of a molehill with their allegation.
“I have never been a fake news king,” Aguirre said when asked to comment on the complaint.
“First of all, that is not fake news. It is a raw intelligence report and I made clear to the media, to all of you this is mere intelligence report. I have to validate it. I do not want to make speculation,” the Justice chief explained; addressing the reporters.
He once again blamed the media for supposedly not mentioning in the reports about his precaution and his intention to validate the information.