Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (File photo)
MANILA – Department of Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday told members of the House Makabayan bloc to file cases before the court over the red-tagging remarks in the social media posts of various military units.
Lorenzana made the statement in the House panel deliberations of the agency’s budget for 2021 after Kabataan Rep. Sarah Elago confronted him regarding the alleged “state-sponsored disinformation” against the Makabayan lawmakers through the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) units’ online posts.
“They can sue us in court and we will answer them,” he said.
Lorenzana defended the Facebook posts, claiming that the AFP only publishes materials that “have basis”.
He said the social media posts of the AFP are monitored by the Civil Relations Service and the Presidential Communications Operations Office.
“Itong mga pina-publish ng armed forces tsaka ng PCOO, hindi sila magpa-publish kung wala silang basehan. Itong akusasyon na nagre-red-tagging kami, merong basehan yan dahil marami naman kaming nakuhang mga dokumento (These [online posts] published by the armed forces and the PCOO won’t be published if there are no basis. Our accusations of red-tagging have basis because we have acquired some documents [as evidence]),” he said.
Under the proposed PHP283.2-billion budget of the DND for next year, PHP208.7 billion is for regular funds and PHP74.5 billion is for the pension of AFP retirees. (PNA)