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Duterte invites Facebook to talk

Philippine Information Agency
29 Sep 2020, 16:38 GMT+10

QUEZON CITY, Sept. 30 (PIA) -- Following the move of Facebook to take down state-run social media accounts purportedly considered as "coordinated inauthentic behavior," President Rodrigo Roa-Duterte invited the Facebook management for a talk.

"If you are promoting the cause of the rebellion, which is already, or rather, which was already here before you came, and so many thousands of my soldiers and civilians dying, then, if you cannot reconcile the idea of what your purpose is or was, then we have to talk," Duterte said in his televised address to the Filipino people yesterday, September 29.

Duterte emphasized that the government is waging an information war against terrorist groups in social media as Facebook is being used as one the channels to recruit young people in joining the New People's Army.

"You know, Facebook, insurgency is about overturning government. As (I see) it before my eyes, what would be the point of allowing you to continue if you cannot help us? We are not advocating mass destruction. We are not advocating massacre. It's a fight of ideas," Duterte said.

On September 24, the social media company shut down personal Facebook account of Capt. Alexandre Cabales of the Philippine Army and the Hands Off Our Children (HOOC) page, for which he serves as administrator.

The HOOC is a platform for and by parents whose children were allegedly recruited by the New People's Army, which the US and European Union have designated as foreign terrorist organization.

Duterte was hinting that Facebook was unaware that the New People's Army is the armed wing of the left movement, the National Democratic Front.

"No government in this wide world espouses killing or execution or whatnot. But you know that there is a left, the left is the National Democratic Front. And that's the New People's Army as an organ of that," he explained.

Taking down these social media instruments is tantamount to barring or preventing the head of the state from espousing the objectives of government, Duterte said. (MTQ/PIA-IDPD)

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