Senator Leila de Lima threw her full support to the ongoing media campaign against fake news and false memes on social media as she cried foul over the circulating news that she bought a US$6-million (approximately P280-million) mansion in New York City.
“This latest fake news is just one of the many manufactured news and fabricated lies being maliciously peddled around to malign and discredit me. Sadly, truth has become the first casualty,” De Lima said in a statement.
The news in question claimed the lady senator purchased the mansion in February 2016, with the address at 895 Shore Rd, Bronx, New York 10464. It added that “a concerned Filipino citizen in New York” submitted evidence of the purchase to the Philippine government.
The report also said verbatim: “Preliminary investigations conducted indicate that the payment was sent by De Lima through a Manila-based factory. Several transactions totaling over $6 million dollars has also been spotted on De Lima’s bank statement been funds sent to the Manila company.”