MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Every Tom, Dick and Harry had already testified before Senator Grace Poe’s Senate committee investigating the proliferation of fake news on social media: Secretary Martin Andanar, Asec Mocha Uson, Thinking Pinoy, Jover Laurio, Maria Ressa, Ellen Tordesillas, and officials from Facebook and Google. Yet, after the third hearing today, the committee has failed to come up with a definition of ‘fake news.’
Resource person after resource person either refused or was hesitant to define fake news, or evaded the question altogether.
This has been a source of frustration for Poe, as she felt that all her efforts to shed light on this hot and controversial issue have not gone anywhere.
So today, in a display of extreme disappointment and perhaps embarassment, Poe walked out of her own Senate hearing.
Will she be Senator Leila De Lima’s successor as the Walkout Queen of the Senate?