Fake News: The Fact In Fiction?

A typical day in the life of a mouse potato usually starts with checking some share-worthy news on Facebook and Twitter. Some rely more on social media for some juicy tidbits than reading the newspaper. So if you are looking for some words of wastedom, err wisdom, the Internet is probably the suitable place you would consider going to. In a world of fake, would you still put your trust in news you come across online? While it may seem legitimate, the information is either half-baked or for lack of a better term, not baked at all. Whether the news is about a celebrity who died of suicide, a prime minister commending a politician for his exemplary performance or a wonder cure for a disease you cannot even pronounce, fake news stays in the realm of fiction.

Facebook alone has about 1.7 billion users and it has become a breeding ground for fake stories and misinformation. Anything with a catchy headline is worth sharing right? Everyone can fall prey to what seemed like a compelling piece of information, but sharing or spreading fake news or believing in one is just as bad as rumor mongering. It misleads people, creates chaos, causes disarray, and even damage a person. If you are unsure of the source, it is much better to dissect the information before spreading the word.

Also, the following sites are only meant to entertain. Whenever you come across satirical articles on these sites, please keep in mind that they are intended to inject humor, sarcasm and irony.

1.Professional Heckler (https://professionalheckler.com)

2.Adobo Chronicles (https://adobochronicles.com/)

3.Mosquito Press (http://mosquitopress.tumblr.com/)

4.Agila News (https://agilanews.wordpress.com)

5.So, What’s News? (https://sowhatsnews.wordpress.com/)


WHEREAS, a primordial objective of Proclamation No. 1081 dated September 21, 1972 is the early restoration of peace, order and tranquility throughout the country;

WHEREAS, one of the most insidious means of disrupting such peace, order and tranquility is the utterance, publication, distribution, circulation and spread of rumors, false news or information and gossip that cause divisive effects among the people, discredit of or distrust for the duly constituted authorities and/or that undermine the stability of the government and the objectives of the New Society and, therefore, inimical to the best interests of the State;

WHEREAS, to attain the aforesaid primordial objective of Proclamation No. 1081, it is imperative that such acts be curbed and penalized;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, in my capacity as Commander-in-Chief of all the Armed Forces of the Philippines and pursuant to Proclamation No. 1081 dated September 21, 1972, do hereby order and decree that any person who shall offer, publish, distribute, circulate and spread rumors, false news and information and gossip, or cause the publication, distribution, circulation or spreading of the same, which cause or tend to cause panic, divisive effects among the people, discredit of or distrust for the duly constituted authorities, undermine the stability of the Government and the objectives of the New Society, endanger the public order, or cause damage to the interest or credit of the State shall, upon conviction, be punished by prision correccional. In case the offender is a government official or employee, the accessory penalty of absolute perpetual disqualification from holding any public office shall be imposed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 6th day of January, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and seventy-three.

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