On July 5, 2017, several youth groups Akbayan Youth, the Millennials Against Dictators and other groups filed a complaint against Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II for the violation of Republic Act (RA) 6713 or supposedly spreading fake news.
RA 6713 is what we call the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. If you remember, Aguirre accused Bam Aquino, Antonio Trillanes, Ronal Llamas, and Gary Alejano and said they visited the City of Marawi before the Maute’s terror attack. According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a report, this was tantamount to spreading false information.
Aguirre insisted that they were planning a destabilization attack against President Rodrigo Duterte that is why all of them are from the opposition team against the administration.