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Busted: Netizens called out 911 Philippines for misleading caption of Feb 2016 fire truck turnover video

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911 Philippines’ Facebook page proudly announced yesterday, July 27, how ready they are to respond to various kinds of emergency.

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As they said, “Handa na at handa palagi Bureau of Fire Protection para sa 911 Philippines, coming this August 2016.”

As it was reported earlier by Rappler, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar announced that Malacañang is set to launch 911 and 8888, the citizen complaints and emergency hotlines, this August 2016. The 911 hotline will replace the current 117 emergency hotline and will be connected to the Nationwide Emergency Response Center.

911 PH’s Facebook post was right to celebrate the preparedness of the BFP because they are surely going to be among the main responders to 911 emergencies.

But what irked several netizens was the fact that the post used a video showcasing lots of fire trucks gathered at the Quezon City Memorial Circle and displaying colorful waterworks, but did not explain much about the video. It caused many of the commenters to misunderstand that the fire trucks were bought under Duterte’s administration, based on how the netizens heaped praises on the President while criticizing the past administration.

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One of the netizens, Chito Lapitan, who tried to get the facts straight about the video grew frustrated since his comments on the post were deleted. He then posted this on his own page, tagging 911 PH.

Citizens Posts on 911 Philippines Fire Truck Turnover

Citizens Posts on 911 Philippines Fire Truck Turnover

Based on his screen captions, the first time the video of the fire trucks was posted, there was no third paragraph explaining when the video was taken.

Lapitan even provided a link to CNN Philippines’ coverage of the firetruck turnover at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on February 19, 2016.

But when Memebuster went to check the misleading Facebook post, it already had a third paragraph explaining what the video is all about.

“This video is a turn-over Ceremony of the 3rd Batch of 469 New Bureau of Fire Protection Fire Trucks distributed to different regions on February 19 2016 at Quezon City Memorial Circle with DILG Secretary and DILG Undersecretary for Public Safety with BFP Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers”

Memebuster looked at the Edit History of the post and found that the post did not have that third paragraph at first.

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It turned out that it was not only Lapitan who was trying to push for 911 PH to give the facts, based on the comments that we’ve seen.

A few hours after he posted how 911 PH seemed to have been misleading people with its Facebook post of the fire truck turnover, another netizen, firefighter Criselda Evangelista De Leon made this comment.

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And here’s the video that she was referring to.

 

Then someone taunted her by saying “troll yellow alert,” de Leon pushed back saying she voted for Duterte during the elections.

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When other commenters kept on branding her as “yellow,” de Leon also replied by saying that she just wanted to give the right information, with a side comment for keyboard warriors who refuse to believe the truth. She also said that she only made her comment about the fire truck turnover because some people were asking why they did not see such an event at the QC Memorial Circle yesterday, July 27, when 911 PH posted the video.

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Another firefighter, Christina Lacap, tried to correct 911 PH’s post too, and just like de Leon, she was also bashed.

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Probably after so many netizens commenting on how misleading the Facebook post is, 911 Philippines wrote this apology, which was later edited out. Fortunately, Facebook’s Edit History feature once again saves the day.

Comments on 911 Philippines Fire Truck Turnover

It should be noted, though, that several commenters said that they don’t really care whose project is what as long as it will benefit the Filipinos and it’s our tax money anyway.

However, giving the facts will help a lot in avoiding misunderstanding and in this case, credit-grabbing. We are all for the launch of a 911 emergency hotline, but 911 PH’s misstep is that they did not immediately caption the video they used properly, causing many of its followers and other netizens to misunderstand.

If there’s one thing that came out right in this situation is that it pays to be vigilant in setting things straight. As seen in the comments on the post, there are so many netizens out there willing to get bashed to get the truth out. This time, they succeeded since 9111 PH corrected its post by adding the right caption for the video it used, featuring the fire truck turnover last February 2016.

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Busted: Robredo wants to add years to the K-to-12 program? It’s fake news!

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Vice President Leni Robredo’s office released a statement debunking social media posts claiming that she wants to add a few more years to the K-to-12 program. This came after several posts started circulating about how Robredo allegedly said that she wanted to add a few more years to the K-to-12 program, angering netizens.

A certain tweet on March 1, 2020 showed the vice president’s photo along with these words: “Kulang ang K to 12 education system natin. Kelangan apat na taon sa Junior HS at apat na taon sa Senior HS.”

In January 17, the same image shared to the Facebook page “Raffy Tulfo In Action Supporters” also got shared over 6,000 times and triggered negative comments among the netizens.

Many social media users have lambasted Robredo over the said meme.

The unwarranted bashing and adverse reactions prompted her office to release an official statement debunking this false claim.

“Hindi totoong pinadadagdagan ni VP Leni Robredo ang mga taon sa K-to-12 program,” said the vice president’s office in a statement.

“Suportado ng Bise Presidente kung sakaling magkaroon ng review ng nasabing programa. Binibigyang-diin niya na kailangang siguraduhin na may tamang facilities at equipment ang mga specialized tracks, para mas maging madali ang pagtuturo nito at matiyak ang kahandaang makapagtrabaho ng mga mag-aaral sa kanilang pagtatapos,” it added.

In October 2019, Robredo did say that she was alright with reviewing how the K-to-12 program to determine how it could be further improved.

“Tumutugon rin ang kaniyang Tanggapan, kasama ang #AngatBuhay partners nito, sa pangangailangan ng tamang kagamitan. Nakapagbigay na ng kaukulang tools at equipment sa mga mahihirap na paaralan, gaya sa Mulanay sa Quezon, Panglao sa Bohol, at Sta. Maria sa Romblon,” the statement further said.

This is not the first time Robredo has been a victim of fake news. There were false claims, misleading headlines, and edited images or captions about how former Senator Bongbong Marcos has already won over Robredo, how she met former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, or how her portrait was sold on eBay, something that a popular blogger apologized for.

Sources: ( inquirer.net , news.mb.com.ph )

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Busted: Walang kasalanan ang Tulfo brothers ayon sa imbestigasyon? It’s a misleading headline!

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An article has claimed that an investigation has found the Tulfo brothers to be not guilty. It says, “Lumabas Sa Imbestigasyon Na Walang Kasalanan Ang Tulfo Brothers,” as published by the website phworkit.top.

The story was even shared by Facebook pages “Ferdinand Emmanual Edralin Marcos” and “Rody Duterte MEDIA.”

However, the article merely contained a 10-minute YouTube video, which was a mix several video clips of different reports, some parts of which touched on the issues involving the P60 million tourism ads that aired on the PTV program of Teo’s brothers, the Tulfos.

One of the video clips showed that the CNN Philippines reported on why nepotism is considered corruption and abused of authority in the case of now-resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda and how her husband, Roberto Teo, served as the board member of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA). But Roberto was appointed by former President Benigno Aquino III and has tendered his resignation from TIEZA effective June 30, 2018.

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Another video clip showing a CNN Philippines report of a Malacañang press briefing, where a reporter asked Presidential Spokesperon Harry Roque if Communications Secretary Martin Andanar would be among those investigated in the controversial placement of P60 million worth of tourism ads on the program of the Tulfos, who are Teo’s brothers, leading people to raise the issue of conflict of interest. As the PCOO chief, he also supervises the state-run PTV-4, where the Tulfos’ programs are a blocktimer.

Asked by yet another reporter what President Rodrigo Duterte’s comment was on the issue with the DOT and the Tulfos, Roque said that he did not know then because he had not talked to the President for a while and the investigation conducted by the Office of the President was ongoing then.

The headline used in the video is misleading. It meant to make people think that the Tulfo brothers have been cleared from the issue involving them with the controversial P60-million tourism ad deal.

However, reports showed that even after Teo resigned from her post on May 7, the Ombudsman will still continue with the probe into the scandal. The body requested from the Commission on Audit (COA) a copy of its DOT report involving the controversial P60-million worth of payments for ads aired on PTV on May 8. The investigation is still ongoing, which meant that they it has not yet cleared the Tulfos.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea is also said to be investigating the scandal to determine the officials at fault at the DOT, People’s Television Network Inc. (PTNI), and the PCOO.

Ramon Tulfo, an Inquirer columnist, came out in the defense of his sister Teo and blamed  his younger brother Ben Tulfo for the controversy.

Party-list group Akbayan, however, said it was not enough for Teo to step down from her post. They wanted her to be prosecuted.

“The simple firing or resignation of corrupt officials will not put a stop to corruption in the government if this is not followed by swift prosecution and conviction,” the group said in a statement.

Akbayan also challenged President Duterte to file cases against Ben and Erwin Tulfo over the controversial ad transaction. Ben owns Bitag Media, which produced the PTV show “Kilos Pronto,” the program where the DOT ads were aired. His brother, Erwin, co-hosts the show with him.

Sources: ( newsinfo.inquirer.ne , thestandard.com.ph , cnnphilippines.com , rappler.com , news.abs-cbn.com , businessmirror.com.ph )

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Busted: Legarda sinumbatan si Robredo na mag-resign bago pa lumabas ang resulta na panalo si Marcos? Misleading headline!

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Senator Loren Legarda allegedly confronted Vice President Leni Robredo and asked her to resign before the results would show former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as the winner.

The video was posted by blog dailydu30.info on May 15, 2018. The vice presidential vote recount is still ongoing, so the headline must have been referring to the result of the recount. It also made it seem as though Legarda is telling Robredo that she is certain that Marcos would emerge as the winner in the recount.

The YouTube video is 20-minute long and Legarda’s face was immediately shown at the beginning of the video. However, if you finish watching it, you’d know immediately that the video was not taken recently. In fact, it showed a portion of the budget hearing for 2017 for the Office of the Vice President. Further research showed that the hearing was conducted in front of the Senate panel on August 22, 2017 and it lasted less than an hour before it was approved. Robredo herself attended the budget hearing to present an overview of the OVP’s plans for 2018.

Legarda served as the Senate panel’s chair.

During the hearing, Robredo reported how the OVP spent its funds, mainly for poverty alleviation.

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The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that following the presentation on the fund allocation of the OVP, Legarda asked Robredo to send them a yearlong report on the needs of the sectors and areas that the OVP has reached while promising to help out on fulfilling those needs.

So unlike what the headline claimed, Legarda did not tell Robredo to resign from her VP post to make way for Marcos’ imminent victory. The headline is misleading and is merely playing with people’s emotions and gullibility.

However, Facebook page “Sara Duterte Worldwide Supporters” still shared it without verifying the headline’s claims.

There have been several fake stories involving Marcos and Robredo and the VP vote recount that we have busted. We debunked a misleading headline claiming that Marcos has already won, that Marcos won by 1,786 votes over Robredo, that Robredo would perform her tasks as VP until Marcos takes over, and that Marcos will replace Robredo.

Sources: ( philstar.comnewsinfo.inquirer.net )

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