MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Sen. Francis (Kiko) Pangilinan on Wednesday filed Philippine Senate Resolution 271, which seeks to conduct inquiries into social media platforms that allow the spread of fake news.
Pangilinan filed PSR 271 to hold hearings on the rise of fake news and misinformation on social media platforms, especially on Facebook, and penalize them for failing “to provide an environment that enables the balanced flow of information into, out of, and across the country.”
The senator wants penalties that “will have to ‘hurt’ the giant social media company” for it to act on the sudden increase of fake news on the internet. Such penalties, he said, will include a fist fight with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Pangilinan’s fist fight challenge was inspired by the recent incident on the Senate floor in which his colleagues Senators Antonio Trillanes and Miguel Subiri almost engaged in a fistfight to settle an argument.
Pangilinan told The Adobo Chronicles that he is also considering asking Zubiri if he’d be willing to engage Zuckerberg in an Arnis (Filipino martial arts) fight. Zubiri is an Arnis world champion. A boxing match between Zuckerberg and Senator Manny Pacquiao is also being considered, Pangilinan added.
As of press time, Zuckerberg had not responded to the challenge.