Sen. Bong Go (Photo courtesy by MSN.com)
MANILA – Senator Bong Go has confirmed Saturday he sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation even as he found potential allies from netizens who are urging their kind to refrain from disrespectful posts on social media.
“We wrote letters to the NBI requesting them to conduct investigations on certain social media posts that may fall under possible violations of the cybercrime law, particularly libel, and other applicable laws,” the office of Sen. Go said referring to the abominable #TanginaMoBongGo Twitter post by a young college student.
But while the repulsive Twitter post gathered negative remarks on Facebook and re-Tweets of around 80k on Twitter, some netizens also found the said hashtag “TanginaMoBongGo as “way too much.”
One of these was a certain Stephen Olino Calixton who posted on his Twitter account saying:
“Woke up to these, and I have to agree that #TanginaMoBongGo is way too much. Guys, this man you are using #TanginaMoBongGo for is a senator, and as one, he doesn’t deserve such disrespect as using #TanginaMoBongGo in your posts. Let us not push the guy to his limits. We need this highly respected man to make laws for us, and let us show our appreciation to everything that he’s done by not using #TanginaMoBongGo. He’s one of the best that we ever had. To my senator, Bong Go, laban lang! Don’t let your critics using #TanginaMoBongGo get into your head. Sa Bong Go supporters diyan, let us use #BongGoPaRinSa2022 to counteract this backlash. #BongGoPaRinSa2020 will be our antidote.”
But the office of Senator Bong Go did not take this sitting down.
It was gathered that several subpoenas were sent by the NBI to individuals all over the country, one of the recipients was a college student who sent his lawyer to appear at the NBI headquarters in Manila on Thursday.
“Kung nag-subpoena ang NBI sa kanila, sagutin na lang nila dahil may proseso naman na magpoprotekta sa kanilang mga karapatan,” said the senator.
“Para sa mga kritiko, kung totoo ang sinasabi ninyo, ipagpatuloy ‘nyo lang iyan. Nirerespeto namin ang karapatan at opinyon ninyo. Kung tingin ninyo ay wala kayong ginawang iligal, wala kayong dapat alalahanin,” Senator Bong Go added.
“Lahat naman po ng nagpapakalat ng fake news o malicious information ay pwedeng i-report sa NBI upang malaman kung may paglabag ba sa batas na naganap at ma-verify ang katauhan ng may-ari ng account kung siya ba talaga ang nagpost o hindi,” the lawmaker stressed.
Go also added that those who would be found liable should be held accountable in court.
“Kung wala naman po silang iligal na sinabi o ginawa, wala silang dapat katakutan. Pero kung mapatunayang may nilabag silang batas, panagutan dapat nila,” the former Special Assistant to the President (Duterte) said.
“Bukod sa karapatan ng tao na malayang magsalita, parte rin naman ng ating demokrasya ang karapatan ng taong naagrabyado ng isang kasinungalingan na maprotektahan ang kanyang sarili ayon sa batas,” he added.