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Bohol trolls released fake news v. Yap admin

BOHOL Vice Governor Rene L. Relampagos said that hundreds of trolls who are remnants of the 2019 midterm election have resurrected and released fake news against the present provincial administration.

“These trolls must have been maintained and are being increased to paint bad image to the provincial administration. Ang ilang pamaagi mabaw ra gihapon. They are making a scenario to undermine the situation of the governor. Their fake information in 2019 failed,” Relampagos said.

This time, Relampagos said, the trolls and their masterminds are projecting or painting controversies of the leadership of Governor Yap.

“I will not be surprised if they will file fabricated charges against Governor Yap before the Office of the Ombudsman for graft and corruption for propaganda purposes in the coming election,” Relampagos said.

He said that the unscrupulous politicians also used these bad tactics against him when he was the governor of Bohol.

“They said that I was making money as governor and I have a mansion in Baclayon. Even though the people knew that the case is a fabrication, they use it as propaganda. They hired people to file charges against me before the Ombudsman and they used it as propaganda to condition the minds of the people,” Relampagos said.

He said that the Office of the Ombudsman has the mandate to receive complaints even from anonymous sources. But the Office of the Ombudsman is only an investigating office to receive complaints against government officials. It will only file cases before the Sandiganbayan if there is basis and dismiss it if no evidence.

“Unfortunately, the Boholanos are not familiar with the role of the Office of the Ombudsman, hence, they believed that if a government official is facing charges before that office, he is already guilty. Layo ra sa tinuod,” Relampagos said.

He said that if the case has reached Sandiganbayan that dismissed it, only then that a government official concerned has a cause of action by filing countercharges of malicious filing. ELIAS O. BAQUERO