Congress has recently filed a resolution to start an inquiry in the alleged “Totoong Narcolist” videos and is planning to invite the arrested self-confessed “Bikoy”, Joemel Peter Advincula to shed light on the matter. The solons also plan to invite the representatives of Facebook and Youtube with regard to their participation in the proliferation of the said videos.
Resolution No. 2585
Congressman Alfredo Garbin Jr., of the Ako Bicol party list, decided to file the resolution due to the fact that the “Totoong Narcolist” videos enjoyed tremendous circulation on social media despite the doubtful veracity of its contents. Garbin Jr, called on the committee on Information and Communication Technology to conduct the inquiry.
It can be remembered that on May 6, “Bikoy” released a series of videos tagged as the “totoong Narcolist”. It implicated the first family as well as other close allies of president Duterte as members of a drug syndicate.
When he surrendered on May 23 to the PNP, Advincula confessed that everything in the videos were fake, and was just a ploy to discredit the government. He said he works for the LP with the guidance of Senator Antonio Trillanes.
The Congress will also call for the representatives of Facebook and Youtube for their participation in the popularity of the videos. The videos were never removed from the social media sites despite numerous requests from authorities. Congress thinks that the social media sites are also responsible for the spread of the video.
We believe that there is an imperative need to determine and inquire into the possible liabilities of the social media platforms, who failed to develop security features and/or filtering practices in order to regulate unlawful an/or harmful videos, postings, and other materials with highly libelous and grievously defamatory content,” Garbin explained.
Stricter Internet Laws
Garbin also said that this inquiry will be undertaken in the hope that it will “allow the government, without a need for a court order, to demand the immediate removal of social media contents that are libelous, seditious, defamatory and/or contrary to any provision of existing laws.”
“Social media platforms owe it to the public to vet and confirm the veracity or falsity of the statements and materials being published in their websites” Garbin ended.