Nicanor Gabunada, the former social media strategist for President Rodrigo Duterte who has been linked to a network of fake pro-Duterte Facebook pages, has declined a contract offered by the Department of Finance following criticism.
The DOF had awarded Gabunada a P909,122.40 six-month contract to help the government’s public awareness campaigns for pending economic bills and proposed capital market development reforms.
In a message to ABS-CBN, Gabunada said: “I did not push through with it,” without elaborating.
Reacting to news reports highlighting his affiliation with the shuttered FB pages, Gabunada said: “It is unfortunate malice was imputed.”
But the DOF earlier said the decision to hire Gabunada was “legal and aboveboard.”