SEN. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go on Monday warned the public not to fall victim to fake news and disinformation being pushed by those who wish to take advantage of the vulnerabilities of Filipinos during these challenging times.
He said certain groups are trying to sow hatred and divisiveness to push their political agenda and vested interests.
"Inaasahan ko na yan ngayong papunta na tayo sa eleksyon. Walang katapusang kasinungalingan at pagpapakalat ng fake news na naman mula sa mga grupong walang ginawa kundi manira ng kapwa. Wala pong katotohanan lahat yan (I expected this as we are nearing the election. Endless lies and spread of fake news will intensify from certain groups trying to sow hatred and divisiveness. Those are all lies)," Go said.
"Asahan niyo na lang kung may lalabas pa na ganyang litrato, tsismis, o haka-haka, puro na yan fake news. Ano pa ba mai-expect natin sa kalaban na walang magandang maipagmamalaki kaya pilit na nanghihila ng kapwa pababa para sila ang umangat (Expect more pictures, intrigues and speculations will come out, these are all fake news. What can you expect from enemies who have nothing to be proud of, they are trying to bring you down to make it appear they are on top)," he added.
He called on Filipinos to stay vigilant and validate information being spread in various communication channels in order not to be victimized by black propaganda.
"Hayaan na lang natin ang taumbayan na ang humusga kung sino ang tunay na nagtatrabaho, sino ang nagmamalasakit at sino ang talagang nagseserbisyo sa bayan (Let people be the judge as to who is really working, those who care and those who really serve the nation)," Go said.
"Hindi niyo na po maloloko ang mga Pilipino. Alam ng mga tao kung sino ang mga naninira lamang - yung mga gustong pinturahan kami ng itim at dumihan ang pangalan namin ni Pangulong [Rodrigo] Duterte para sila ang magmukhang malinis at maputi (You cannot fool the Filipinos. People are already aware of the identities of those spreading lies - those who want to paint us black and taint my name and of President Duterte with dirt so they would look clean and white)," he added.
Go said he will not be surprised if more fictitious claims will come out because dirty politics is nothing new, especially coming from those who only want to discredit the efforts of the government.
He assured Filipinos despite the various issues thrown against the administration, they remain focused on fulfilling their mandate and in leading the country towards overcoming the pandemic.
"Nandito po kami para magserbisyo, magbigay ng solusyon sa mga problema, at tumulong sa mga nangangailangan. Iyan ang pangako namin sa taumbayan. Kahit anong putik ang itapon ninyo sa amin, hindi matitinag ang aming prinsipyo na gawin ang tama at ipaglaban ang kapakanan ng bawat Pilipino (We are here to serve, to provide solution to the problems and help those in need. That is our commitment to the people. Whatever mud you throw on us, our principle to do what is right and fight for the welfare of every Filipino will be unfazed)," Go said.
Commenting on false allegations being spread on social media about a house being built in an exclusive village, as well as malicious and fabricated information about his family, Go categorically said there is no truth to these claims.
Meanwhile, Go remained firm on his stand against corruption, criminality and illegal drugs, saying fighting these societal ills continues to intensify despite the attempts to discredit the efforts of the Duterte administration.
"Nagsalita na ang Pangulo. Nagsalita na rin ako. Sabi namin na magre-resign kami kung may mapatunayan na kaso ng anomalya laban sa amin. Ano pa ba ang gusto ng mga kalaban? Imbes na patunayan at magsampa ng kaso, puro paninira na lang ang inaatupag. Napaghahalataan na tuloy na desperado na sila (The President has already spoken. I have also spoken. We said we will resign if it is proven we are engaged in any case of anomaly. What more do the enemies want? Instead of proving it and filing the case, they only engaged in maligning people. It is now becoming clear they are desperate)," he said.