Misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines consists of disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic propagated by various sources.

Measures against misinformation

The Department of Health of the Philippines has advised against spreading misinformation and unverified claims concerning the pandemic.[1]

The Philippine National Police has also taken action against the spread of misinformation related to the pandemic and has warned the public that misinformation purveyors could be charged for violating Presidential Decree no. 90 for "declaring local rumor, mongering and spreading false information". In the case of misinformation circulated online, violators could be charged for violating the Cybercrime Prevention Act which has a maximum penalty of imprisonment for 12 years.[2] The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act also punishes fake news peddlers of two months jail time or fine of up to ₱1 million.[3]

Misinformation by subject


Treatment and cure


Lockdowns and travel restriction



See also


  1. ^ "Virus 'infodemic': DOH urges Pinoys not to spread fake news on coronavirus". ABS-CBN News. January 27, 2020. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  2. ^ Caliwan, Christopher Lloyd (February 5, 2020). "PNP monitors 6 'hoax posts' on nCoV threat". Philippine News Agency. Philippine News Agency. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Gregorio, Xave (March 25, 2020). "Jail time, up to ₱1-M fine await peddlers of fake COVID-19 news". CNN Philippines. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Philippine health chief dismisses 'ridiculous' hoax that novel coronavirus is a type of rabies". AFP Fact Check. Agence France-Presse Philippines. January 30, 2020. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "Doctors refute misleading online claim that consuming boiled ginger can cure novel coronavirus infections". AFP Fact Check. Agence France-Presse Philippines. February 15, 2020. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  6. ^ Malasig, Jeline (March 9, 2020). "'Misinformation': UNICEF Philippines tags viral posts sharing COVID-19 info using its name". InterAksyon. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  7. ^ "FALSE: Gargling salt water 'eliminates' coronavirus". Rappler. March 14, 2020. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  8. ^ "DOH debunks claims bananas can prevent COVID-19 infection". CNN Philippines. March 18, 2020. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  9. ^ "False claim circulates online that certain countries in Asia are using helicopters to spray 'COVID-19 disinfectant'". AFP Fact Check. March 27, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  10. ^ "AMID DUTERTE STATEMENT: Gasoline must not be used as disinfectant, chemists warn public". GMA News. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  11. ^ "FALSE: Ivermectin approved as COVID-19 cure in the Philippines". Rappler. 8 April 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  12. ^ "False: DOH says fake cigarettes that 'spread coronavirus' have reached PH". Rappler. March 9, 2020. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  13. ^ "DILG: 14-day quarantine on travelers from over 20 countries a hoax". GMA News. February 7, 2020. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  14. ^ Geducos, Argyll Cyrus (March 27, 2020). "Palace denies total lockdown rumors; fake news peddlers face arrest". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  15. ^ Gomez, Jim (6 August 2021). "Thousands jam Philippine vaccination sites over false news". AP News. Associated Press. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  16. ^ "Manila residents crowd vaccination centers in rush before lockdown". CNN Philippines. 6 August 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  17. ^ Punzalan, Jamaine (February 6, 2020). "'Fake news' hampers cremation of Philippines' first novel coronavirus fatality". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved February 15, 2020.