- A false news about “pesticide spraying” to perform by military choppers all over the country has been circulating on social media
- The bogus announcement said that “special military helicopters” will do the spraying to fight the spread of coronavirus disease
- The Philippine Air Force then released a statement to debunk the false claims
- PAF also urged the public to stay updated from reliable sources and avoid spreading fake news
The Philippine Air Force debunked false claims circulating over social media stating that “special military helicopters” will spray pesticides in the skies all over the country to help kill the spreading coronavirus disease.
In a report by Inquirer.net, the aerial warfare service branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines released a statement to discredit the circulating fake announcement.
According to the bogus post going around Facebook and other private chat groups on March 21, “Today, special military helicopters will spray pesticides against the Corona virus in the skies all over the country, so you must stay indoors after twelve o'clock at night. And remove all clothes which are outside.”
“When you hear the sounds of airplanes at night, it is for you to know that it is related to this matter (COVID-19),” it added.
The Air Force then said the news is not factual through its official social media page.
“The Philippine Air Force would like to inform the public that the circulating news on PESTICIDE SPRAYING by military helicopters all over the country after 12 midnight to combat COVID-19 is NOT TRUE. There are no military aircraft that will be deployed for such activities,” it clarified.
“We urge the public to stay updated from reliable sources and avoid spreading FAKE NEWS,” PAF added.
In a previous report by KAMI, the Department of Health on March 22 revealed that Secretary Francisco Duque III was tested negative for COVID-19.
The novel coronavirus disease has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). In the Philippines, there are already 380 confirmed cases as of March 22.
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