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De Lima denies ‘US$6-M NY mansion purchase’

Senator bats support to campaign against fake news, false memes on social media


By Charissa Luci and MB Online

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.

Screen grab of a circulating story about Sen. Leila de Lima’s alleged $6 million mansion purchase in New York.

Screen grab of a circulating story about Sen. Leila de Lima’s alleged $6 million mansion purchase in New York.

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.”

Google search for De Lima’s supposed New York address shows it’s the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum.

Google search for De Lima’s supposed New York address shows it’s the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum.

An online search revealed that the address is actually the Barlow-Pell Mansion Museum and Carriage House, a popular landmark in New York City.

The article did not even specifically name the said concerned citizen, the factory, and the agency conducting the probe.

Media campaign vs. fake news

The lady senator said she takes consolation on some media organizations for taking the lead not only to check on some of the hoaxes being shared and re-shared online but also to stop the spread of hatred and insults on social media.

De Lima said “manufactured” news on the social media, which are aimed at deliberately maligning and humiliating individuals, must be stopped.

She said hackers, fanatics and spammers have been abusing the freedom of the internet to foment lies and hatred at the expense of rational discourse.

“Like many well-respected individuals such as former presidents Fidel V. Ramos and Benigno Aquino III, and actress Agot Isidro, among others, I too have always been the object of malicious misinformation campaign deigned to tarnish my good name and reputation,” she said.


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  • Ali Ngasngas

    hmmmmm kaya naman pala…… lie lie lie de lima..

  • Eugene

    Who’s talking now about fake or creating new like bato lie in senate

  • gerrymel

    Puwede! hahaha.. “KARMA Strikes Ten Times”

    • Teresita Delfin

      remember the lives and future of the youths that are destroyed by drug addiction. delima must pay

  • Jubilah

    Lies beget lies.

  • lufthansa49

    Fight De Lima!

    • Teresita Delfin

      better to fight and lose than never to fight at all

  • Gerglen Jegz Diaz

    pede ring kampo ni delima ang gumawa ng fake news para kunyari lang. .at ma highlight ang issue at mapatunayang fake,,,,, and jarraaannnn….. kawawa kunyari si delimaw… simpatiya ang hanap nya… hahahaha….. NOTusUYmgaDILAWAN>>>>> hahaha

    • manny villegas

      Maari. O kaya, malamang.

  • Harper

    pretty obvious that this story of purchasing this house in NY is just BS

  • Joemkc

    Ownership of Property in the US is not Top Secret at City Hall like in the Philippines. Anyone can go to City Hall and can ask who owns what property and if it is paid for and if they are paying up to Date Property Taxes. Not like in the Philippines where you need Mayors Permission before they will tell you how many Property they own on City Wages.

  • Paul Parenas

    And 16 million stoned followers of El Presidente will believe, D5 purchased a NY mansion………

    • Teresita Delfin

      we believe this is one tactic from delima camp sorry the people not so dumb anymore

  • Soul_Sucker_1

    in democratic country – free of speech is profound and absolute.
    hell & filthy old hag delimaw

  • manny villegas

    Sa kampo daw ni De5 galing balita para kunwari kinakawawa siya.

    • Teresita Delfin

      I was going to say that too. quite obvious naman