MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar revealed that as much as $1,000,000 was offered to him as an incentive for him to cover his mouth and stop spreading fake news. This after he floated the idea that as much as $1,000 was offered to members of the media as payment for covering the press conference where a former policeman accused President Rodrigo Duterte of paying Davao Death Squad members to kill.
The Senate media has since dared Andanar to provide evidence to back up his accusation and demanded an apology if he is unable to prove it.
“Mayroon din tayong natanggap na offer na as much as $1,000,000 ang ibibigay sa akin kung tumahimik nalang ako,” said Andanar in an interview.
Andanar said he received a phone call from an anonymous caller who offered him money for him to just shut up and stop spreading misinformation and fake news.
“Bibigyan daw ako ng pera. May mga offers talaga. Promise! Maniwala kayo sa akin,” he added.
Asked where the alleged payments will come from, Andanar mused it could be from the “opposition.”
“May offer na ganoon kalaking pera ang oposisyon para pabagsakin ang administrasyon na ito, para itigil na namin ang pagkalat ng mga pekeng balita,” he said.
Although $1,000,000 sounds exciting, Andanar revealed that he is not yet entertaining the offer as the thought of him not spreading fake news is far-fetched and that misinformation, alternative facts and flip-flopping are an integral part of the Duterte administration.
“Masyadong maliit ang $1,000,000 para baguhin natin ang nakasanayan na,” said Andanar. “Magkano lang yan pagkinonvert sa peso? P50,000,000 lang diba?”
Siguro aantayin ko pang bumaba ang halaga ng piso kontra dolyar bago natin pagisipan kung tatanggapin natin ang offer na yan,” he added; noting that in 2 to 3 years time, that amount could already reach the billion mark.
“Magtiwala lang tayo kay Tatay Digong.“