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Busted: 95 UN member states convinced no EJKs in PH? PNA, Asec Lorraine Badoy, Asec Mocha Uson share fake news

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Fake news seems to be everywhere these days and it has reached even the government official news agency, Philippine News Agency (PNA).

On May 15, PNA posted an article with this title,”95 nations in 3rd UPR convinced no EJKs in PHL.”

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While we can no longer access the original version of the PNA news, Vera Files was able to take a screenshot of the original news.

Image: Screenshot taken by Vera Files of PNA’s May 15 story

 

But PNA took down the story on May 20 and changed the title to “PHL’s human rights situation commended at UPR.”

And this is the current version of the story.

Philippine News Agency (PNA)

As the fact-checking organization Vera Files has noted, PNA simply replaced its fake news without any apology or reason given.

But the May 15 story from PNA went viral after it was posted by Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson on her Mocha Uson Blog on May 18.

As of May 20, 2:30pm, when Vera Files took a screenshot of Uson’s post, it has already gained almost 9,000 reactions and over 900 shares.

Image: Screenshot taken by Vera Files of Mocha Uson’s Facebook post

 

On May 19, Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Lorraine Marie Badoy also posted PNA’s fake news. She insisted that it is not fake news because it came from the PNA, while slamming Inquirer, Phiippine Star, and even the Commission on Human Rights, which she called “CH-f*cking-R.”

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While Uson has already removed the post, Badoy’s post is still visible on her wall, earning varied reactions from the netizens.

In Badoy’s post, another pro-Duterte blogger Krizette Laureta Chu seemed to be teasing Badoy to tag someone, who might have accused Badoy of posting fake news. But netizen Maria Lourdes Polotan called Badoy’s attention, telling her that even PNA has taken down its fake news.

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And Asec. Badoy agreed with a netizen who hailed PNA’s fake news as “good news.”

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One netizen argued that PNA’s news was not fake news, but was simply exaggerated, which Polotan rebutted.

Philippine News Agency (PNA)

Another netizen argued against Badoy’s reason about the PNA news not being fake because it came from a government news agency and urged Badoy to own up to her mistake instead of misleading her followers.

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Someone also recalled Uson’s promise to fight fake news.

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Badoy was also reminded about the need to maintain integrity as a civil servant.

Philippine News Agency (PNA)

PNA’s May 15 story about the 95 UN member states not being convinced about the EJKs in the Philippines is fake due to the following points:

  1. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR)’s Twitter account issued a clarification on May 19, saying “#UPR27 Clarification: To our best knowledge, 95 states were not “convinced that EJK is non-existent.”





  • Vera Files also summarized how several countries condemned the drug killings and recommended to put an end to them.
  • End extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, illegal arrests and detention, torture and harassment, including by effectively implementing criminal prohibitions against extrajudicial killings (Canada)
  • Immediately end extrajudicial executions and carry out an independent and impartial investigation on all enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions in order to bring the authors of these crimes to justice (Chile)
  • Immediately end the campaign of extrajudicial killings, which may amount to crimes against humanity under international law (Ghana)
  • Protect and guarantee the right to life and to a fair trial also in the context of the campaign against drug trafficking, and take all necessary steps to guarantee a proportionate use of force by the security forces (Italy)
  • Take all necessary steps to ensure prompt, impartial and transparent investigations into alleged unlawful killings and other abuses during anti-drug operations (Hungary)
  • Condemn and put an end to unresolved homicides and enforced disappearances (Uruguay)
  • Immediately stop all unlawful killings and incitement to carry out killings in the name of the anti-drug campaign (Iceland)
  • Put an end to extrajudicial executions and torture, in particular in the context of the fight against drugs (Luxembourg)
  • Take efforts to eliminate extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, and intensify efforts to carry out the prosecution of such crimes (Norway)
  • Publicly denounce extrajudicial killings and other abuses in the anti-drug campaign (Iceland)
  • Take due measures to prevent extrajudicial killings in the country and grant access to the UN Special Rapporteurs on Summary Executions and the Right to Health for impartial and credible investigations (Bulgaria)
  • Strengthen investigative and prosecutorial bodies to ensure thorough investigations into all killings, as well as appropriate prosecutions of perpetrators (United States of America)
  1. Rappler’s Newsbreak reported that DILG Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III did not make the claim that 95 nations were convinced that there are no EJKs in the country during the UPR.

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Rappler also wrote that Densing denied describing the information released from the Philippine media as “spoiled and rotten,” something that the PNA claimed he said during a press conference on May 15.

“I never mentioned those words, ‘spoiled and rotten,’” Densing said in a text message to Rappler.

According to Rappler, Densing merely said that the members of the Philippine delegation, headed by now DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, were “very confident” that other nations were convinced by their presentation at the UPR.

“After Senator Alan Peter Cayetano made also an overview of the true situation of the human rights situation in our country, including the anti-illegal drugs campaign. We were very confident that the 109 countries who attended the interaction, the UPR interaction with the Philippines, were convinced,” Densing said.

Densing added that the other states did express concern about the killings in the country and 95 of them made interventions, which Densing clarified as “comments and recommendations.”

“They only mentioned there that we should review the EJKs happening in our country at least in the last 9 months, but they never expressed concern that we should stop with the anti-illegal drugs campaign,” he said.

However, Densing did say that all 95 countries “congratulated” the Philippines for improving the human rights situation in the last five years.

Here’s a part of Densing’s May 15 press conference:

Sources: ( verafiles.org , rappler.com )

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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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