“Zubiri Vows to Make AIDS Illegal” Goes Viral (Updated)
It could all be a hoax, but a blog post saying that former Philippine Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri plans to make the deadly disease a “criminal offense” has started attracting attention online.
Update: Around two hours after Technograph broke the news, Zubiri posted the following statement on his official Facebook page:
I completely deny the statement on making AIDS illegal. I’m currently vacationing with my family. I’m out of politics, please respect my privacy. I’m fed up with these hackers and I’m going to file a complaint with the NBI anti-cyber crime unit to locate these hackers!
On the website unasasenado.com, Zubiri was quoted talking about his plan to stop AIDS:
In response to an online petition for senatoriables to make a stand against Human immunodeficiency virus infection / acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDs), Former Senator and UNA Candidate Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri vowed to not only make a strong statement against the deadly sickness, but to use his power in the Senate to make getting AIDs illegal once and for all.
“HIV/AIDs has been a public health problem for too long and it is high time someone did something about it,” said the Representative from Mindanao. “I am going to file a bill that will make the acquisition of AIDs a criminal offense, punishable by imprisonment.”
This will discourage people, especially certain sectors of society, from acquiring the sexually transmitted disease, he said.
“We must must utilize the power of the state to terminate this germ,” Zubiri concluded.
Most online reactions to the statement allegedly by Zubiri mocked the former politician, questioning his intelligence and expressing gratitude over his failed Senatorial bid for the 2013 elections. However, a few wondered whether the blog post was genuine and if it was a result of unauthorized administration access to the website.
Phil Smithson, an English national residing in the Philippines said “I just can’t buy it. It’s too crazy. I can’t believe anyone would think/say that.” IT employee Roman Cruz was equally skeptical, saying “I call satire or hax”, asserting that the unasasenado.com site was created to mock UNA Senate candidates, or that someone accessed the website with the sole purpose of misrepresenting Zubiri.
Unasasenado.com advertises itself as an official online presence of United Nationalist Alliance, a coalition of political parties opposed to the Aquino administration and its allies in Congress and the Senate.
The domain name associated with the website was registered last February 2013, a few months before the last mid-term elections held last May. The domain’s owner has enabled a common feature found in many web hosts that protects their personal information from becoming public.
The website links to an UNA-supportive Facebook page with 13 likes, and to a non-existent Twitter account. Aside from the post featuring Zubiri, there are three others: a documented letter trail between UNA and the SWS, on the political influence of Vice-President Jejomar Binay, and fellow former Senate candidate Mitos Magsaysay using an administration political slogan.
Zubiri, who had resigned his Senate seat in 2011 amid allegations of electoral fraud, sought to become Senator again. However, he had too few votes in the last election, coming in 14th the Senate race. Only the top 12 go on to take office in the upper house of the Philippine Congress.
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