- The Palace has dismissed the claims of the circulating audio clip about “total lockdown” in Luzon
- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the claim in the clip was “fake news”
- The GMA Network also denied the claims that it was TV anchor Jessica Soho talking in the said clip
- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) also debunked the claim and labeled it as “fake news”
- Meanwhile, the Department of Justice also ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate the audio clip
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The Palace has dismissed the circulating audio clip that claimed a “total lockdown” or “martial law” will be imposed due to COVID-19.
KAMI learned that Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque called the claim “fake news.”
As reported by the Philippine Star, the viral audio clip has been spreading in private group chats. It mentioned that people should stock more food and supplies because a total lockdown might be declared by President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Siguro alam na ng taong bayan na laganap talaga ang fake news ngayon. Kaya nga regular ang mga press briefing natin… para nga po maiwasan ang panlilinlang ng mga fake news na ito,” Roque said.
“Isa pong fake news ‘yan,” he added.
In a report by GMA News Online, some people speculated that it was TV anchor Jessica Soho talking in the audio clip. However, the claim has been denied.
“Nililinaw ng GMA News and Public Affairs na hindi si Ms. Jessica Soho ang babae na nasa audio clip,” it read in the statement.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) spokesman Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya also called the audio clip “fake news.”
"Narinig ko po ang voice clip na 'yun at unang dinig ko pa lamang ay alam ko na na fake news kasi wala pong ganoong direktiba ang ating pamahalaan. Wala pa pong desisyon ang ating Pangulo sa anumang klaseng sinasabing total lockdown na 'yan," Malaya said.
Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the audio clip.
"I will ask NBI to investigate this phone clip on social media that seeks to agitate and alarm the public with a falsehood,” Guevarra said.
According to Roque, President Rodrigo Duterte did not impose a “martial law-like” lockdown yet. The President will decide this week on whether to impose a six-week-long lockdown or modified enhanced community quarantine.
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