Kiko Pangilinan Wants Probe Against YouTubers for Spreading Fake News of Him
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan taps the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe two (2) YouTubers for allegedly spreading fake news against him.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has directed the NBI to look into a complaint submitted by a vice-presidential candidate against two YouTube channels for spreading false information. State Counsel Angela Maria De Gracia of the Office of Cybercrime verified the entire inquiry (DOJ-OOC).
The senator accused the two YouTube channels of violating Section 4 (c) (4) of Republic Act No. 10175, the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which relates to Article 355 of the Revised Penal Code, in his complaint.
Pangilinan also named the respondent as Google Philippines country manager Bernadette Nacario, who was charged with breaching RA 10175 Sections 20 (b) (1) and 30 (j). According to Pangilinan, he suffered reputation loss as a result of inaccurate information.
“Due to said public and malicious imputations, I suffered and continue to suffer damage to my good name, reputation, and career as a public servant. The public and malicious imputations have also caused serious anxiety and stress to me and my family,” Pangilinan said.
Once the culprit behind such YouTube channels is found, Pangilinan said it will utilize the collected data as proof and seek legal action against them. It further stated that YouTube, which is owned by Google, and Nacario are in charge of overseeing the company’s operations.
According to his affidavit, a total of 82 films derogatory to Pangilinan and his family were reported, including Sharon-Cuneta Pangilinan’s adultery by having an affair with another man and Pangilinan committing violence (physical assault) against her husband. The Violence Against Women and Children Act was broken.
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