THE camp of former senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. yesterday assailed the fake news being peddled anew against the ex-solon and the Marcoses.
In a statement, Atty. Vic Rodriguez, spokesperson of the former senator, denied Rappler's report alleging BBM sought the services of Cambridge Analytica.
The full statement reads:
“Instead of changing their ways and adhering to the fundamental tenets of fair journalism and balanced news reporting, Rappler has again resorted to peddling lies and fake news against the entire Marcoses in their vain attempt to dilute the serious credibility issue that has corrupted their worthiness.
The news story published by Rappler on July 15, 2020, on its website claiming that former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. approached then Cambridge Analytica is patently fake, false, and misleading.
Former Senator Marcos never reached out to them and, like most of us, was only made aware of Cambridge Analytica's existence through reports of its controversial activities in the media.
This move by Rappler to besmirch the former Senator’s and the Marcos family's reputation speaks to the kind of insidious reporting espoused by its convicted founder Maria Ressa.
The timing of this news story is nothing more than a marketing ploy meant to drum up support for their beleaguered news blog site.
BBM is consulting with his legal team and will be exploring the legal options to fight this injustice. The filing of libel charges is on the table. “