Senator Richard Gordon has strongly criticized the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) for apparently citing a fake news article from a satire site in their official report.
According to Gordon, he couldn’t believe how the NICA passed off the fake news article as a “confidential” item, GMA News reported.
“When we got this, there was a cover document, which said confidential… I was shocked. You’re taking it from the Internet and you’re taking it seriously. Fine. Did you verify? And they said they will do it,” he said.
Due to this, the Senate summoned NICA Director General Rodolfo Arsaga Jr. to explain the blunder.
However, Arsaga did not attend the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on Monday, prompting Gordon to further criticize the agency, the Inquirer reported.
“I think we should cite the NICA for sending us somebody who’s obviously incompetent to answer questions,” he said.
The controversial fake news item was lifted from this website and tackled how the Chinese supposedly had a secret base in Zambales.
There was also a short disclaimer after the article which the NICA missed: “This specific article is partly for satirical and entertainment purposes and the events should not be construed as pure facts although the mentioned tangible objects exist.”
Despite this, a lot of people were still duped as shown in the article’s comments section where some commenters fully believed the content was true.