Magdalo alarmed at Duterte’s secret ‘keyboard army’

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Magdalo partylist Rep. Gary Alejano expressed alarm at a recent report released by US-based human rights group Freedom House claiming that the Philippine government has been employing a “keyboard army” to support the administration and attack its detractors.

The report, which studied the country from June 2016 to May 2017, said commenters, trolls, automated accounts, fake news sites, and propaganda outlets are paid to make it appear that Duterte’s war on drugs has been gaining public support, according to Alejano.

Members of this so-called “keyboard army” reportedly could earn as much as P3,000 daily.

Alejano said this was a serious issue because there is clear deception done by the government on the people it is mandated to serve.

“If indeed these reports are true, it is very alarming that the government itself is taking deliberate efforts to deceive the people and mask the real situation of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs,” he said.

“The salt on the wound is- these are government funds being used for the proliferation of fake news and propaganda in social media. Funds that could instead be used for various social development projects,” he added.