The House of Representatives will initiate “appropriate proceedings”
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said that it is their move into the reported move of Facebook.
It is over the takedown alleged f4’ke accounts linked to the military and police.
Cayetano said the House would determine whether the reported actions of Facebook were “detrimental” to the freedom of expression.
“Upon passage of the 2021 Budget in the House of Representatives, rest assured that we shall initiate the appropriate proceedings in aid of legislation to truly determine if the reported actions of Facebook are detrimental to the Constitutional freedom of expression guaranteed to all Filipinos, regardless of political color, rich or poor, left or right,” he said in his Facebook page.
Facebook earlier shut down over 100 f4’ke accounts traced to police and military units in the Philippines for engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” (CIB)
Cayetano expressed “grave concern” that Facebook is supposedly being “partisan” by deactivating verified accounts of what he called “Filipinos who have voiced their support for our soldiers and police officers.”
While dissent and protest are always welcome, he said v!0’lence and terr0’r!sm are never tolerated.
While Cayetano thanked Facebook for its usefulness as a means of disseminating information on House proceedings and hearings, he also called it out for allegedly being partisan.
His statement comes after President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, September 28, thre4’tened to stop Facebook in the Philippines after the social media giant took down a f4’ke network linked to the military and police.
One of the pages shut down was the “Hands Off Our Children”, whose advocacy is to prevent minors from being recruited into organizations espousing v!0’lent extremism.
Facebook had previously suspended the accounts of government critics, such as those of activist and comedian Mae Paner and blogger Jover Laurio.