/ 11 January 2022

A PROFESSOR denied that he is the voice behind a clip that claims that the entire Philippines will be placed under total lockdown by President Rodrigo Duterte to combat the spread of Covid19.

The said clip went viral on social media.

The man in the clip identified himself as Renzo Romero from Malacañang and advised the public to stockpile resources in preparation for the lockdown.

He added that the lockdown will last for weeks and will be announced by Duterte soon.

A biology professor bearing the same name denied that he is the man in the video and added that authorities are investigating the issue.

He added that his name was only used and stated that “it was clearly fake news.”

“This (voice clip) has come to my attention after few people messaged me in my personal messenger account asking if I’m the person behind it and saying to stop spreading fake news and asking for a public apology after receiving the voice record,” Romero said in a statement on Sunday.

“I can attest that I did not record in any way the said message and I have proofs who created it,” he added.

Cabinet Secretary and acting Palace Spokesman Karlo Nograles said that the content of the video is false and baseless.

He urged the public to rely on official sources and urged the public not to share unfounded and malicious rumors .