On August 26, artist Marlo Mortel addressed the malicious anonymous post about him.
At the ‘Diamond Gala’ event for Kumu’s 5th anniversary, which LionhearTV covered, Mortel revealed that they have already traced the person who posted an ‘open letter’ accusing him of seducing another man.
“Oo nagulat ako talaga. Pero ano naman ‘yun– hindi na ako nagre-release ng statements kasi pinasa na namin sa– some of NBI. Tsaka na-trace namin ‘yun sa talaga kaniya. So ngayon, nasa amin na lang ‘yung desisyon pati ng Star Magic if move forward.
“Let’s see, may mga kailangan lang mga daanan. Pero andun na ‘yung mga copy ng mga kailangan.”
He clarified that he didn’t mind the post since it was fake news, but he would still take legal action against the netizen.
“Hindi naman, kasi sure naman ako na hindi totoo. Kaya alam ko naman na wala naman anything further. Pero, siyempre fake news nga ‘yun. So nasabi ko i-count.”
He surmised that the netizen who posted about him wanted to smear his reputation as a public figure.
“Well, I guess gusto nila akong siraan, pero wala, wala na ‘yun.
“No, kaya nga, kaya nga on the process kami kung sino siya. Siyempre ayaw namin talaga gagalaw na hindi naman talaga, pero ayun nga na-trace siya.”
The post from August 15 accused Mortel of seducing their partner and came from an account under Yuki Zaragosa.
He then shared advice to netizens about fact-checking posts online before sharing them.
“Oo pero siyempre showbiz eh. Wala eh, so nandito kami, pero sana na lang next time, bago mag share, fact-check. ‘Yun lang talaga ang pinaka-importante kasi galing siya sa dummy account so medyo delikado siya na pagmulan ng assumption mo sa isang tao para lang sa isang dummy account.”
As for the event, KUMUnity influencers came together to celebrate KUMU’s 5th anniversary at the ‘Diamond Gala.’
The grand event brought together some of the most prominent influencers on the social entertainment app to commemorate the milestone.
Held at the Shangri-La Fort, the glitz-and-glamour-filled night had influencers in their blue-carpet-ready attire to celebrate KUMU’s journey for the past five years.