Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra instructed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to construct a system of monitoring and regulating the spread of fake news or misinformation on social media.

Guevarra explained that the system should be able to establish the source, determine if there’s a pattern or scheme, and take appropriate steps to preserve evidence of wrongful behavior.

He made the directive to the NBI after journalists asked him if the Department of Justice (DOJ) will help Vice President Leni Robredo in tracking down false reports that she donated spoiled food to frontliners at the Diliman Doctors Hospital in Quezon City.

The justice secretary said that the NBI takes action on the fake news spreading on social media, so it does not necessitate asking for NBI assistance expressly.

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