The Manila Public Information Office shared a few photos last April 18 of what Divisoria currently looks like as Metro Manila undergoes enhanced community quarantine.
“The Manila City government urges ALL NETIZENS to avoid sharing FALSE INFORMATION by using OLD FOOTAGE of the Divisoria Night Market,” Manila PIO captioned the photos.
Old videos depicting large crowds in the Divisoria area were recently circulating on social media. Albay Rep. Joey Salceda and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy” Locsin Jr. were some of the prominent figures who unwittingly shared the footage as taking place in real-time.
“I took down the post immediately upon correction by Cesar Chavez. I am sorry it caused harm but not intended. I am actually very careful with my posts but I got it from a Viber group of reputable businessmen, so I gave it a presumption,” Salceda said.
“I just got a call from Mayor Isko. This is an old video. This is fake news. Ignore this sh**. I will ask my friend why he posted it. This is not true,” Locsin tweeted.
The videos initially caused outrage from netizens as they trusted the government officials to only be sharing verified news and believed Manila’s citizens to be disregarding quarantine guidelines.
What is typically a busy area (at any time of the day) has become something close to a ghost town, assuring everyone that social distancing and quarantine guidelines are indeed being implemented and followed by Manila’s citizens.
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