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Mar 9, 2017
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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is at it again, but this time, instead of blasting the President he slammed some of the top officials of the Duterte administration.

According to the senator, both Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II were recently spreading fake news despite not having solid proof, GMA News Online reports.

This was why Trillanes filed Senate Resolution No. 315, which seeks to hold top government officials responsible for their public statements.

“It is the responsibility of Congress to ensure that no government official would be using or taking advantage of their positions, whether deliberately or not, to disseminate fake, distorted, baseless or fabricated and/or erroneous news and false information and/or to mislead the public,” he said.

Trillanes’ move comes after Andanar and Aguirre suffered from separate incidents of public backlash due to their pronouncements.

Andanar for his part claimed last month that some Senate reporters got up to $1,000 to cover a press conference, where President Rodrigo Duterte’s alleged ties with the Davao Death Squad were revealed.

Naturally, this didn’t sit well with the Senate media who started giving Andanar the cold shoulder after he refused to apologize.

Meanwhile, Aguirre recently said that some senators including Trillanes and incarcerated Senator Leila de Lima were plotting to implicate him in a P50-million bribery scam.

He was also the public official who asked a massive group of Duterte supporters during a gathering who they wanted to be put in jail after De Lima, something which was obviously a jab against Trillanes. Aguirre has since apologized for his actions.

 

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