FAKE NEWS: PH Military Choppers Won’t Spray Pesticides in the Sky Against COVID-19

Viral now on social media a circulating post that says, “special military helicopters will spray pesticides in the skies all over the Philippines to fight the rapidly spreading coronavirus disease (COVID-19)”. While the Philippine Air Force releases a statement that claims that it was not true.

Based on the bogus post that circulating on Facebook on Saturday, “When you hear the sounds of airplanes at night, it is for you to know that it is related to this matter (COVID-19)”.

“So you must stay indoors after 12 midnight and remove all clothes which are outside,” it added.

The Air Force said on a Facebook post that this is not true.

It said, “There is no military aircraft that will be deployed for such activities. We urge the public to stay updated from reliable sources and avoid spreading fake news”.

According to The Philippine National Police chief Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, in a radio interview with DZBB, he appealed to the netizens to be more responsible with their social media account.

Banac said, “Iwasan po natin ang gumawa ng mga kwento o usap-usapan sa mga chat groups na nagsisimula lamang sa pagtatanong kung totoo ba. Kapag na-screenshot nagiging viral.”

(Let’s avoid making up stories or discussing these made-up stories in chat groups whether they’re true or not. When someone takes a screenshot, it can go viral.)

“Ito ang nagiging dahilan kung bakit nagkakaroon ng pangamba at takot ang publiko,” he is referring to the viral post online about the chopper who will spray pesticides.

(This creates panic and fear to the public.)

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