Sen. Bong Go number 2 on Twitter trends in the  Philippines;  says he is for freedom of expression


Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Friday found himself trending on Twitter, number 2 in July 17, Friday.

This,  after a college student was subpoenaed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for allegedly sharing an online post critical of him.

#T***inaMoBongGo is one of Twitter’s trending list as netizens slammed the neophyte senator for allegedly being overly sensitive, with some even ridiculing him through memes.

Go did not release any statement addressing the hashtag and the memes. Go, instead,  clarified that he is not against freedom of expression.

“Patuloy po nating ipaglalaban ang karapatan ng mga tao na malayang ihayag ang kanilang sariling opinyon. Hindi po bawal maging kritikal sa gobyerno,” Go said.

“Nais ko klaruhin na ang bawal, ayon sa batas, ay ang magpakalat ng fake news at manira ng kapwa tao gamit ang kasinungalingan,” he added.

The former special assistant to President Rodrigo Duterte said it is well within the mandate of the NBI to “verify, investigate, and issue subpoenas to authors of alleged malicious posts.”

Go issued the statement a day after the NBI Cybercrime Division invited a student who allegedly shared an online post criticizing Go.

Go said his camp previously wrote letters to the NBI requesting them to conduct an investigation on certain social media posts that may fall under possible violations of cybercrime laws.

“Hindi ko na alam kung sino at anong post ‘yung tinutukoy na ‘college student’ na ibinalita ng isang media reporter. Kung nag-subpoena ang NBI sa kanila, sagutin na lang nila dahil may proseso naman na magpoprotekta sa kanilang mga karapatan,” he said./Stacy Ang

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