Singapore might sue over misleading Duterte endorsement
AFTER being ignored by Duterte supporters who continue to proliferate false information, the Singaporean government is seeking legal advice on the continued sharing of a misleading endorsement depicting its Prime Minister Lee Hsien-Loong supporting Rodrigo Duterte. The Singaporean government wants the ad to be taken down immediately.
‘We request immediate removal of the post’
The Singapore government has taken this matter seriously, and will not tolerate misrepresentation of their prime minister.
“We also request the immediate removal of the post, which is a clear misrepresentation,” it said.
This is not the first, but second time, the embassy has appealed to Filipinos, Duterte supporters specifically, to immediately cease and desist the disinformation campaign in social media.
In a text to GMA News, it said: "We decided to put up a second clarification this morning because we view this incident seriously and we want it to be taken down. It is still being shared around so we will not let go of the matter,” reiterating that there is no such endorsement and vehemently wants those posts to stop circulating.
A post last week circulated and claimed that “Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is the only presidential candidate that could make Philippines like Singapore.”
The embassy of Singapore labeled this as “mischievous” and downright “untrue”.
The said that they respect the sovereignty and democratic process of the Philippines. "Singapore does not endorse any candidate. The choice is for Filipinos alone to make. We wish the Philippines well in the conduct of its elections," it said.
Not the first false advertisement
Sadly, this isn’t the first time fanatical Duterte supporters have spread lies in the election period. After Duterte cursed the Pope, and the Pope forgave him, supporters twisted these words by going around claiming the Pope admires Duterte for his ‘honesty’. This was quickly refuted by Filipino Catholic bishops as factually untrue.