ABS-CBN website warns public against hoax site Manila Link

Push, the entertainment news website of ABS-CBN, has warned the public against hoax site Manila Link after it published a satire about actor Piolo Pascual.

"It has come to the attention of PUSH.com.ph that a site named MANILALINK.com came out with an article claiming that they had an interview with Piolo Pascual regarding his sexuality. We verified this with Mr. Piolo Pascual himself and he vehemently denied that THE interview ever happened," the website posted on its Facebook page.

Recently, Manila Link claimed they have interviewed the Kapamilya star who, according to them, admitted that he is gay.

"After years of rumors surrounding his sexuality, Piolo Pascual finally had the courage to reveal the real deal. In an exclusive interview with Manila Link, the 38-year-old actor who has been the subject of gay rumors for most of his career, confirmed that he has been in relationships with both women and men," the article read.

"I don't want to hide anymore. After 21 years in showbiz, all I want is to be free and be with who I want to be with," Piolo said, according to Manila Link.

"This article is a HOAX. We enjoin the public to beware of HOAX sites such as manilalink.com that intend to malign and destroy the reputation of good people," Push noted.

The About page of Manila Link says it is "the most notorious satirical news portal in the Philippines with article submissions from users all around the globe."

According to Wikipedia, satire is "a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government or society itself, into improvement."