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Congress to summon Facebook, Youtube for failure to delete Bikoy’s videos

A party list representative has called on Facebook and Youtube representatives to shed light on their failure to take down the series of videos that malign the president, his close friends and some members of the Duterte family.

Ako Bikol Partylist Rep Alfredo Garbin filed House Resolution No.2585 ordering Peter Joemel Advincula aka Bikoy, the hooded man in the video series "Ang Totoong Narcolist," and representatives from Facebook and Youtube, to explain themselves during a house inquiry.

The resolution claimed Advincula has succeeded in maligning President Rodrigo Duterte, members of the family and close allies referring to senator-elect Christopher "Bong" Go, as part of a big drug syndicate operating in the country. 

Advincula later retracted his statements, saying he was contracted P500,000 to become Bikoy in a series of video allegedly masterminded by Senator Antonio Trillanes and some top officials of the yellow political party.

Advincula said all the videos were lies and only meant to discredit and administration's senatorial candidates and also pave the way to help boost the senatorial line ups of Otso Derecho headed by senatorial aspirant Mar Roxas and Bam Aquino.

During a press conference, Negros Oriental Rep. Arnie Teves supported Garbin's move in questioning the failure of social media giants' to address complaints filed by its users.

Garbin also called for the passage of a law that will provide "takedown clause" without a need for the court order and demanded for the immediate removal of posts that are considered libelous, seditious and defamatory or contrary to existing government laws, 

The lawmakers claimed it is imperative to approve a bill that support this measures and imposed social and legal responsibility on Facebook, Yotube and other social media platforms in the Philippines and abroad.

The lawmakers cited the deaths of victims of "Blue Whale Challenge and "Momo Challenge" in The Philippines and overseas, who self-inflict themselves and died.

Gabin also said the "Bikoy videos" although lies have successfully maligned the first family and their friends, including Elizaldy Co, owner of the Misibis Bay Resort, a 5-star luxury hotel and resort in Albay, and tagged by the Bikoy videos as the main drug laboratory place of the syndicate. 

Garbin said “Mr. Co is a victim of an unprovoked, unjustified and libelous attack against his honor, character, reputation and decent standing in our society.” 

In the resolution, Garbin said that with Co's “good name and reputation” tarnished by the false contents Bikoy, Co’s creditworthiness was reportedly placed under suspicion by the banks and other financial institutions.

Garbin added “In fact, one bank, upon learning about the video, immediately suspended the processing of Co's pending application for a significant amount of loan.” 

Joel Escolhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK_sKdGFs0ewIh9R-iAskDg
Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist in the Philippines for more than 20 years. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of Mindanao Daily News, the biggest and most-widely read newspaper in Southern Philippines. He is also known as Noypi Vlogger in Youtube. You can follow him on the following social networking sites below.
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