Incoming press secretary open to discussion over ‘fake news’

Incoming press secretary open to discussion over ‘fake news’

Recently-nominated press secretary Trixie Cruz Angeles (GMA photo courtesy)

MANILA — Incoming press secretary Trixie Cruz Angeles has announced that she plans to propose a formal discussion on “what constitutes misinformation and disinformation” as she prepares to take the helm of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) under the new administration of president-elect Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.

“Issue po talaga ang misinformation lalong-lalo na nung huling halalan. Ang prino-propose namin . . . is to bring a discussion on what constitutes misinformation, disinformation. In fact, fact-checking is what constitutes fake news,” Angeles enthused in the vernacular.

In addition, the new press chief disclosed that the “lack of discourse” on important issues and events is actually contributing greatly to the spread of misinformation and disinformation, especially during the 2022 national elections.

“Mahalaga ang diskurso. Kaya lumalaganap yung ganung ideya dahil sa kakulangan ng diskurso,” she said in an earlier interview.

“Free speech is the rule. Discourse determines what is disinformation, misinformation,” she added.

Angeles explained that discussing and even questioning historical events should not be prohibited because “some ideas need discourse.”

“Some are open to investigation, some ideas are supported, and certain ideas can always be questioned but it doesn’t mean that they will come up with a different conclusion. It doesn’t mean na invalid speech na ang pagtatanong,” she noted.

When asked about worries over possible attempts of the incoming Marcos administration to revise history, especially the martial law era of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Angeles said: “That’s a minefield in itself. We’re all part of that discourse, kasaysayan natin ang pinaguusapan. Why don’t we allow a discourse.”

As a final word, the new press secretary pointed out that when talking about free speech, everything should always be open to debate.

“Even scientific theories are always open to question but I’m not saying that just because we open it to question, a different result will come out of it,” she concluded. (ai/mtvn)

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