ACTRESS-film writer-businesswoman Maria Victoria “Bambi” Beltran was arrested by Cebu City Police after allegedly spreading fake news related to COVID-19.
This is after Beltran posted on Facebook in which she said that 9, 000 were positive with COVID-19 at Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City.
FAKE NEWS OG DILI TINUOD NGA DUNAY KAPIN 9,000 NGA BAG-ONG KASO SA NAGPOSITIBO SA SITIO ZAPATERA. Tungod niini,…
According to the report, Beltran was arrested on the joint operation conducted by the Regional Intelligence Division (RID) 7 and Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit (RACH) 7.
The news reached Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella immediately and he was quick to take action as it could cause confusion and fear among the people.
According to the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, anyone convicted of spreading fake news could be sentenced to two months in prison, and pay a fine of P10, 000 to P1 million.
Beltran’s case is currently under investigation and what punishment will be imposed on it.
Meanwhile, the Movement Against Tyranny Cebu denounces the action of the Cebu City Government and the Philippine National Police as a misguided approach in addressing the problems posed by the pandemic.
MOVEMENT AGAINST TYRANNY CEBU'S STATEMENT ON THE ILLEGAL ARREST OF MISS BAMBI BELTRANApril 19, 2020We condemn the…
They call for the release of Ms. Beltran and call upon the Cebu City Government to be less reactive on the situation and redirect all its resources and energy to trace, contain, and treat the virus to end this Pandemic.