Mr Roque seems to forget that one of the functions of a government (at least a neoliberal one) is to make sure that fake things don’t get sold. Allowing counterfeits, substandard, dangerous, or useless products, whether news or netbooks, breeds distrust and hurts the potential of the marketplace to improve the lives of people. What the government should not control is dissenting opinions, and the government should act against fabrications masquerading as facts. The truth is not sold with the currency of likes and shares.
Chinese dualist philosophy is inapplicable here – the existence of “fake news” is a postmodern, artificial construct. Lies do not belong in the natural order of things. If this administration is really for nation-building, it should act against the agents of lies and heal the divisions hatred and falsehood created. The untruths they shared and continue to spread are tigers that trample human rights, critical voices, and good governance. And when these tigers run out of prey, their “masters” would go next. Close this Pandora’s box before it’s too late for all of us.