CBCP head falls victim to fake news

CBCP head falls victim to fake news

The CBCP warns against this fake news article from www.newspaperph.com/ and www.goodnewstoday.d30.club/. SCREEN GRAB OF FAKE ARTICLE FROM NEWSPAPER PH

by Melo A. Acuña

April 11, 2018

Manila, Philippines

The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) dismissed a report about him supposedly warning church people against interacting with politicians.

CBCP President and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles never made such statement and it’s not his opinion, said Fr. Marvin Mejia, the bishops’ secretary general.

“There is no truth to the post because Archbishop Valles issued the latest statements about Lent and Easter Sunday,” he said.

An article titled “CBCP President Romulo Valles warns bishops, priests, nuns not to interact with politicians” first appeared on www.newspaperph.com/ on April 2 triggering mixed reactions from netizens.

It was also reposted on www.goodnewstoday.d30.club/ featuring images of the prelate and Vice President Leni Robredo.

The article attacks some clergymen and nuns for supporting Robredo amidst an electoral protest filed by former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., after losing the vice presidential election.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila earlier lamented the continued spread of fake news as “manipulative strategy” to serve some people’s political interests.

“Manipulation thrives in the context of disrespect. That’s why fake news proliferates … deliberately deceiving people,” Tagle said during Chrism Mass at the Manila Cathedral on March 29.