Roque asked the Senate to investigate the supposed “organized” attacks of trolls on him.
On Wednesday, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque was asking the Senate to investigate the supposed “organized” attacks of trolls on him as he welcomed the Senate’s move to look into the alleged “state-backed” and “state-funded” spreaders of false information.
On Wednesday, Roque said in his regular press briefing that Malacañang welcomed the investigation to be done by the Senate as they’re an independent branch of government which the Palace can’t dictate on.
Roque also asked the Senate to investigate the attacks of trolls against him. According to him, he believed that those attacking him were “organized” as well.
“We welcome po yung investigation na gagawin ng Senado. Alam niyo naman po, independyenteng sangay yan ng gobyerno at hindi namin madidiktahan. So they can investigate all they want. Paki-imbestiga rin po yung mga bumabanat sa akin na mga trolls. Because according to a study, ako po yung pinakamatinding binabanatan ng mga trolls. Naniniwala po ako na organized din yang mga pagbanat sakin. Pakitingin na rin po iyang mga banat sa presidential spokesperson,” Roque said.
Roque didn’t cite the study he’s pertaining to.
Roque’s statement came after 12 senators have called for an investigation on the alleged use of public funds to run “troll farms”.
The senators’ resolution stated that Filipinos should know why the Philippine government spent public funds on troll farm operators disguised as “social media consultants” and “public relations practitioners” who sow fake news rather than on COVID-19 assistance, food security, health care, jobs protection, and education, among others.
Senator Panfilo Lacson earlier bared that an undersecretary supposedly set up at least two troll farms in order to discredit critics of the administration and potential opponents in the 2022 elections.