When Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson posted a photo of a 2016 Inquirer article about the death of an intel cop and dared Vice President Leni Robredo and some lawmakers to visit the cop’s wake, she was slammed by netizens for her misleading post. In fact, her social media blunder even led netizens to call for her removal from office and caused the hashtag #FireMocha to trend on Twitter for three days.
However, another Facebook post using the same year-old news article came to our attention. It turned out Paula Defensor Knack, the younger sister of the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, also posted the same screenshot of the old article and dared people to “send media and support” to the cop’s wake.
“Please send media and support to his wake too,” Knack wrote.
“Fighting criminal syndicates is a deadly job,” she added.
Knack actually shared the Facebook post of the page Showbiz Government, which has shared fake articles in the past.
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This was Uson’s post that earned her the ire of the netizens.
When Uson’s appointment as a PCOO assistant secretary was announced, Knack was among those who criticized the move by the administration. She said in a Facebook post that when she was appointed as assistant secretary, all of the assistant secretaries during her time were “highly educated, intelligent, and had long years of experience.” She added that this move “makes the Office of the President a joke.”
This is not the first time Knack posted something misleading. She even posted fake news and fake memes before, including the following:
- A fake meme showing Senator Risa Hontiveros boasting about her accomplishments.
- A fake story about Senator Antonio Trillanes IV being abandoned by the crowd in Zambales using her two Facebook accounts.
- A fake story that tried to link Trillanes and the Magdalo to the local terror group Maute.
- A meme asking why Senators Bam Aquino and other opposition lawmakers were in Marawi City before the Maute’s attack, which was later debunked to be a fake story started by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.
- The viral photo of Robredo with a man, who turned out to be not the cop who killed Kian delos Santos, in the bid to link the Liberal Party to the boy’s slay.
It seems like Knack also fell for fake news and even tried to spread them using her Facebook accounts.