- The National Bureau of Investigation summoned Mocha Uson for violating the Bayanihan Act
- NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said that Uson was being investigated by the Cybercrime Division for fake news
- It was the Secretary of Justice who ordered the investigation for fake news
- Netizens called out Uson after she posted the photo and pointed out that the photo she used were donations made by a mall chain and not by the government
The National Bureau of Investigation summoned Margaux "Mocha" Uson due to violations of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
KAMI learned that Mocha posted a photo of PPE donation, where she said that it was from the government.
However, netizens were quick to point out that the donations were from a private entity, a chain of malls. The post of Mocha has been edited and she also apologized for it.
Inquirer reported that NBI Deputy Director and Spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said, "She is being investigated by our Cybercrime Division for fake news."
Lavin mentioned that the move to investigate those who post fake news was from Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, as per Philstar.
According to CNN Philippines, the Bayanihan Act has a punitive provision wherein anybody who spread false information about the crisis will face a 2-month jail sentence or a fine of ₱10,000 to ₱1 million.
The specific section of the Bayanihan Act where charges for fake news are grounded is Section 6(f).
In a previous KAMI report, Mocha Uson defended her actions in gathering OFWs in Matabungkay Beach Resort in Batangas.
Mocha Uson is a staunch supporter of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. She was among those who supported him during his campaign. At present, she is the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator.
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