The National Bureau of Investigation will investigate a news satire site's Ebola in Cavite, Iloilo, and Makati hoax that circulated online.
ABS-CBN's Ina Reformina reported that the NBI is going to run after the perpetrators of hoax Ebola cases.
Citing justice secretary Leila de Lima, the report said Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin made the request for a probe after rumors regarding the alleged Ebola cases in the Philippines circulated on social media.
De Lima reportedly said those found responsible for the online hoax may be liable for violating Presidential Decree 90 and the Cybercrime Prevention Act, among others.
According to the news satire, the supposed "outbreak" of the deadly disease occured in Cavite and Iloilo City where "at least 25 cases of Ebola virus have been confirmed."
|Screen grab from Viral Ninja|
Trending news blog RachFeed, which noted that satirical articles have been "created by people who think the Ebola virus is something they can joke about," narrated how the hoax began.
Allegedly, 4 people arrived from Liberia for a vacation in the Philippines. They purportedly went to public places and subsequently spread the virus. Also, a dozen hospital staff were allegedly "forced to isolate themselves [after] being in contact with the patients who tested positive for the virus," the blog relayed.
The news satire and Facebook posts about the Ebola in Cavite, Iloilo, Makati hoax are no longer accessible, but netizens were able to capture screenshots.