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Jan 25, 2017
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Senator Leila de Lima has had enough when it comes to fake news, which she and other lawmakers who express opposition against the Duterte administration are usual targets of.

During a privilege speech on Tuesday, the senator said it’s time she stood up not just for herself but her family, who have been maligned by fake news, the Inquirer reports.

“I am here to say enough is enough. I am fortunate to have the strength to stand up and defend myself, but my relatives and family members who have done nothing to deserve being at the receiving end of these lies should not have to be obliged to even acknowledge these lies,” she said.

De Lima also said the spread of deliberately deceiving information has gone overboard with some news items totally being based on rumors or flat faslehoods.

“People’s morals are degraded by fake news, some of which thrive on plain salaciousness o kabastusan at kalaswaan. Nothing is off limits,” she said.

At the same time, De Lima called on the public to properly verify news on their feeds before believing and sharing these items.

“It does not matter that not everyone is fooled. It only matters that there are people being fooled,” she said.

De Lima’s statement comes after her colleagues, Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Francis Pangilinan formally proposed a probe on fake news.