Malacañang challenged House Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate to file charges before court and prove that the national government is behind the sudden rise of fake Facebook accounts of activists and university students.

Zarate claimed that the surge of bogus Facebook accounts might be a “prelude to a crackdown” once the proposed anti-terrorism bill becomes law.

He noted that the accounts only sprouted when the campaign against the terror bill came to media attention.

“Well, if Congressman Zarate has the evidence, file the corresponding charge. But in the time of a pandemic, I hope they avoid making conclusions without evidence,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a virtual presser on Monday.

Roque assured that concerned agencies, alongside Facebook Philippines, are already investigating the matter.

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