By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
One of the latest victims of disinformation and misinterpretation in social media is Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.
In a recent Facebook post where he shared an article, Domagoso said “Let’s leave politics to politicians, and our educational institutions to academicians.”
Bashers admonished the city mayor for allegedly advising teachers stop teaching their students about politics.
One netizen even said that this will keep citizens uninformed and unequipped for the next elections, which will lead to them not being able to voice out their concerns against elected government officials.
The “twisted” interpretation of the local chief executive’s remark was shared online so many times that it became the kind of fake news that passed off as truth to other people.
What the local chief executive really meant was that politicians should not meddle in the education sector, the Manila Public Information Office (PIO) later clarified.
“Let us leave our educational institutions to academicians, not politicians, because politicians will destroy you,” Domagoso said in a statement.
“The message is very clear. It is by practice and by principle that I don’t interfere in the day-to-day function of the educational institution, and I don’t want any politicians of Manila doing the same,” he told the Manila Bulletin.
“What we do is appropriate funds based on their needs and based on their requests. That’s our job. We are not academicians. We do policy, and visions, and programs, and aspirations,” he added.
The city mayor said those who were taking his remarks out of context are intentionally doing it to damage his reputation.
“They’re being paid to do that, I don’t mind. Maybe they get happy when I come out with statements, because that is their job, to twist the minds of our people,” he said.
Domagoso said that he trusts the public to properly discern the information they find online.
“I still believe that the Filipino people, or Manileños for that matter, know how to find the true statement and the meaning (behind the statements),” he said.