Singapore Embassy seeks advice over FB post on PM Lee, Duterte
The Singapore Embassy in Manila is seeking legal advice over a false post online that went viral on social media claiming that its head of government, Prime Minister Lee Hsien-Loong, is supporting the presidential bid of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
In a post on its Facebook account, the embassy said it is taking the online post very seriously, calling it a “clear misrepresentation.”
“The Embassy takes a serious view of the misleading post,” it said in its post.
It also asked that the post be removed.
“We also request the immediate removal of the post, which is a clear misrepresentation,” it added.
The embassy made its first appeal on Facebook last April 22.
“The Embassy has learned of an FB post mischievously alleging that the Prime Minister of Singapore endorses a presidential candidate for the upcoming presidential election in the Philippines. This is untrue. Singapore does not endorse any candidate. The choice is for Filipinos alone to make. We wish the Philippines well in the conduct of its elections,” the embassy said.
The post contained a photo of the Singaporean Prime Minister with the caption “Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is the only presidential candidate that could make Philippines like Singapore.”
This is not the first time that supporters of the Davao City Mayor have posted photographs of world leaders supposedly in support of the mayor’s bid. The others included Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Meanwhile, a viral video also circulated in the social media entitled “Pamana ni Duterte” showing the Mayor cursing Pope Francis and allegedly praising the New People’s Army (NPA) with children imitating his actions.
According to the Facebook post of a certain Allan Santos, it cannot be shown on television.
The video, which was posted last April 22, has been shared 850 times and 354,003 views. JE