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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 14, 2021



VIC SOTTO has been the subject of deplorable fake news saying that he has died, that he has broken up with wife Pauleen Luna and the last one is that he is the real dad of the son of Julia Clarete. 

This is really so annoying as even friends and relatives from abroad call us just to ask if these fake stories (and other false stories about celebrities) were true. 

Recently, Vic Sotto, looking so fed up with the numerous fake news about him, finally spoke up in “Eat Bulaga”: 

“Eto ha, makinig kayo! Eto ang hugot ko for the day, sa mga nagsa-cyber bully o gumagawa ng fake news, o naninira ng tao sa social media, lalo na o sa ibang paraan. 

"Lagi nyong tandaan na may nasasaktan kayo, at iyan ay pagbabayaran nyo. Huwag n’yong isiping dahil pinalalagpas lang ng ito iba ay mahina o naduduwag. 

"Nakikita kayo. Tandaan ‘nyo yan, nakikita kayo, at hindi natin ‘yan palalampasin. 

"Darating ang araw na may paglalagyan kayo. Iyon ang huli nyo. Abangan nyo yan. ‘Yung mga nambu-bully o nami-meyk news, abangan nyo!” 

Well and good! That is, if Vic would make good his threat. 

But the vloggers and youtubers who spread such fake news as click bait to get more hits in their vlogs and youtube channels all know it’s just an empty threat. 

These unscrupulous people, who are complete remorseless and without any conscience, have killed so many celebrities in social media before, like Gary Valenciano, Michael V., John Lloyd Cruz, Bamboo, Jessy Mendiola, Shaina Magdayao, and many more. 

They do these shameless acts to increase the number of their subscribers and the people who’d click on their site as that means more revenue for them.

Some of these celebrities have threatened to sue in court those who celebrated these fake stories about them, but nothing really came out of it. 

So these social media inventors of false news are all the more emboldened to continue doing what they’re doing: fabricating sensational hoax stories for them to gain more viewers and more income in social media. 

Maybe it’s time a big celebrity like Vic Sotto really take it seriously, get the NBI to investigate and track down who originated the fake stories about him, then file a case in court. 

Now, that will surely teach these annoying people a lesson. 

All the money they earn for faking news will just be spent for litigation. 

Julia Clarete is also directly affected here because we all know the dad of her son is her former husband, Stephen Uy, so she should also be concerned as the false story is besmirching her and her innocent son’s reputation in the eyes of the public.