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Ingat, mga chismoso! Paete Mayor Mutuk Bagabaldo says those who spread COVID rumors could face charges

Sep 3, 2021 @ 10:29

It’s not just COVID-19 infection we have to guard against.

We also have to make sure we’re not spreading false information about our neighbor’s illness, according to Paete Mayor Mutuk Bagabaldo.

In a Facebook post, Bagabaldo warned that those who spread rumors that their neighbor has COVID-19 could face charges.

Even if getting infected has become commonplace nowadays, this is no excuse, he said.

He said those who spread rumors could be held liable for oral defamation or slander.

With infections still increasing, he reminded people to stay at home, especially if they would only go out for chismis.

Maybe they should learn to keep their mouth shut and not spread rumors as well!

“Isa pong mahalagang paalala, huwag po tayo mag pakalat ng maling impormasyon o datos ng ating mga kababayan patungkol sa sakit na COVID.

Ayon kay Atty. Aeron Aldrich B. Halos, maaaring sampahan ng reklamo ang kapitbahay mo dahil sa pagkakalat niya ng tsismis na ikaw ay may COVID-19 kahit pa sabihin na sa panahon ngayon ay hindi na nakakagulat at karaniwan na ang makarinig na may nagpositibo sa nasabing sakit.

Masasabi pa rin kasing oral defamation o slander ang pagkakalat ng tsismis na ginawa ng iyong kapitbahay. Ang oral defamation, ayon sa Korte Suprema sa kasong Villanueva v. People (G.R. No. 160351, April 10, 2006), ay tumutukoy sa pagbigkas ng mga mapanirang-puri na mga salita na mapaminsala sa reputasyon o hanapbuhay ng isang tao. Ito ay ang pagbibintang ng krimen, bisyo, o depekto katulad ng pagkakaroon ng sakit, mapatotoo man ito o hindi, na nagdudulot ng pagkasira ng puri ng sinasabihan nito sa pamamagitan ng pananalita.

Muli pong paalala, patuloy parin pong kumakalat ang virus sa ating bayan kaya wag na po tayo lumabas kung di naman importante ang pakay. Lalo na’t kung makikichismis ka lamang,” Bagabaldo posted.

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