editorial.9.26.17


The Filipino Reporter views fake news with concern.

We consider them as unacceptable and as insult to legitimate practitioners of journalism profession everywhere.

The fake story posted in social media two days ago about U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley supposedly asking that President Rodrigo Duterte be “given space to run his nation” in a UN speech, should be investigated or caused to be investigated by authorities in New York.

We view the incident with utmost seriousness because, in all likelihood, it happened right here in New York.

The posting took place at a time when the person in-charge of social media in the Communications Office of the Philippines was in New York City attending the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly as official member of the Philippine delegation.

It took the U.S. Embassy in Manila to confirm the news was fake.

Molly Koscina, Press Attaché of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, dismissed such reports quoting U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

The Duterte patronizing post is not only highly embarrassing, but with possible legal liability on the part of its author or authors.

It is unacceptable to legitimate journalists.

It is an affront to decent Filipinos in New York and everywhere.

They should not just let it pass.

We are sharing excerpts from FR columnist Francisco Tatad on the fake news in his column today:

“With his troll farms, led by one notorious pornographer who now handles DU30’s social media posts, moving around the UN headquarters while his common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña socializes with Mrs. Trump and the rich and famous in New York, is it purely coincidental that a fake news website should carry the outrageous fake news about U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reportedly speaking to the UN in his defense? As the intended beneficiary of the false remarks, what is his actual culpability in all this?”

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