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As the election season nears, several Caloocan City officials under the administration’s party have said “fake news” are being spread against them to discredit their efforts in the fight against the health crisis, according to a report by Manila Bulletin.

In a video posted on Mayor Oca Malapitan’s Facebook page on Monday, the local chief executive—along with 1st District Rep. Along Malapitan, City Administrator Oliver Hernandez, several barangay chairmen and other high-ranking city officials—called on the public to “stop fake news.”

Malapitan also said there is no place for politics in the city right now as the country still grapples with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

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“Walang lugar ang politika sa labang ito. Sapagkat walang pinipiling kulay ang COVID-19 (Politics has no place in this fight against pandemic because COVID-19 sees no political affiliation),” he said. “Magkaisa tayo, unahin natin ang kapakanan ng tao (Let’s unite and prioritize our people).”

According to the city officials, their appeal came after several misinformation and accusations were recently hurled at them, including the supposed defective and overpriced tablets and the missing money from the city’s coffer.

In early January, five councilors from the opposition party even issued a joint statement calling for an explanation over the concerns on the tablet.

“Kasinungalingan na mga paratang sa mga proyektong tablet ng Caloocan. Bilang presidente ng pangkalahatang samahan ng mga guro at mga magulang, bilang magulang na rin, kami ay masaya dahil maayos na nagagamit ng aming mga anak ang tablet (The allegations against the tablet project of the local government are not true. As the president of General Parents-Teachers Association [GPTA] and as a parent as well, we are happy that our children can use the tablets),” defended GPTA president, Jaspher Basmayor in the video.

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Also in January, another “fake news” was spread against Malapitan, which claimed his administration had about P192 million missing funds. Olivarez denied the accusation, saying the missing fund was not under the present administration. 

For Olivarez, it was only being used against them by their political rivals.

Pro-administration Councilor Karina Teh denounced the “spread of fake news” and said it “is not acceptable.”

Meanwhile, opposition Councilor Rose Mercado said they “would also release a video” to explain that they “are not creating fake news” and as response to the administration party’s latest video.

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