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Busted: ABS-CBN slammed for using wrong thumbnail, replaced it with editor’s note



A Facebook page hit ABS-CBN for using the wrong thumbnail for a report warning about lone wolf attacks after the government troops’ victory in Marawi City.

In a Facebook post on November 7, Facebook page “Dumaguete Awareness” pointed out the use of a photo of an anti-terror simulation exercises for the Marawi-related report.

“Another one of the photos from Dumaguete Simex Security excersise (sic) being used with different caption,” the page said.

Pro-Duterte Facebook user Krizette Laureta Chu shared the page’s post, emphasizing on the idea that “everybody makes mistakes.

“If Mocha committed the same mistake, I bet the Yellow Brigade would be up in arms and trash talking social media,” Chu wrote. “See, everybody makes mistakes.”

Uson shared Chu’s post on her page, Mocha Uson Blog, while asking what Anthony Taberna, an ABS-CBN broadcast journalists and radio commentator, has to say about this mistake by his news station.

“Totoo ba ito? ABS-CBN News baka gusto niyo po sumagot? Kung tayo po ito mga 3 article na ng Rappler at Inquirer ang siguradong naisulat. At Ka Tunying ano masasabi mo sa kapalpakan na ito? Pag tayo nag kamali tindi mo bumatikos pero pag kasamaham mo kaya ang sablay?” Uson wrote.


But when we checked ABS-CBN’s Facebook post of the same story, “DND warns against ‘lone wolf’ attacks after Marawi victory,” the thumbnail is already a different one.

ABS-CBN’s caption for the story remains the same: “The army remained on high alert after President Duterte said five cities in Mindanao were potential targets of Islamist militants after their defeat in Marawi.”

However, with the new thumbnail came an editor’s note expressing regret over the use of the old photo that may have caused confusion.

“EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this post used a photo of the anti-terror drill by the Task Force Leon Kilat in Dumaguete. We recognize that may have caused confusion, and we regret that. The thumbnail photo has been replaced to show a soldier fighting in Marawi City,” ABS-CBN wrote.

Despite replacing the old thumbnail, earlier shares of the same news report from ABS-CBN still showed the photo of the anti-terror drill.

The original thumbnail was actually used in an older ABS-CBN report, “Negros Or. task force conduct anti-terror drills,” published in July 2017.

The November 3 report from ABS-CBN was about the Department of National Defense’s concern over lone wolf attacks a week after the Philippine government declared victory over the Maute terror groups in Marawi.

“One concern after Marawi is the possibility of threats from lone wolves,” DND spokesman Arsenio Andolong told reporters.

Uson’s reaction to ABS-CBN’s use of an unrelated photo to its report was based on how she was toasted by netizens in the past for posting or sharing photos that are irrelevant to what she was writing about, making the photos misleading. Her most popular mistake with photos was likely her sharing of a Facebook post that used the photo of the Honduran police while asking for prayers for the Filipino soldiers fighting in Marawi City. She later said that she used the photo for “symbolism” purposes. Uson was also slammed for using the photo of a wake of a cop that died a year ago while daring Vice President Leni Robredo to visit the wake and for sharing the Mula sa Masa, Para sa Masa report about Marawi that used a Rappler photographer’s older photo of the Marawi siege.


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Busted: Aquino nagalit dahil papalitan ang NAIA ng ‘Manila International Airport’? Misleading headline alert!



A headline claimed that former President Benigno Aquino III got angry over the move to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) into Manila International Airport.

The story bearing such headline was carried by and was shared by the Facebook page “Duterte Worldwide Supporters.” As of writing, the post has gotten over 1,000 shares.

Some netizens who commented on the post slammed Aquino over his alleged angry reaction to replacing the airport’s name.

However, the headline is misleading. If you click on the link, you will find a 3-minute YouTube video about a PTV News report on how lawyer Larry Gadon filed a petition before Congress to have NAIA’s name replaced.

This report was also picked up by GMA News, which tweeted about it in January 18, 2017.

It was also reported by the Philippine News Agency and published by the Philippine Canadian Inquirer on January 18, 2017.


“May petisyon kami na ginagawa, marami nang nakapirma. May mga nakausap na rin kaming congressmen na tutulong to change the name of NAIA back to MIA,” Gadon said of the petition.

He added that renaming NAIA back to its original name would help “shake off the jinx” that now comes with its reputation for being named the worst airport in the world and for being home to laglag-bala schemes.

The airport was renamed as NAIA in 1987 during the administration of the late President Corazon Aquino, whose husband, Ninoy, was shot to death at the tarmac when he descended from his plane upon arrival from the US.

Unlike what the headline claimed, no video, audio or article showed that the other Aquino president and Ninoy’s son reacted angrily to having his dad’s name stripped off the airport’s name. The headline is completely irrelevant to the article’s content, which meant that it was made just to get a rise out of the misled netizens.

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Busted: Unpaid EDSA protesters mobbed LP headquarters in QC? Fake news alert!



After the opposition staged a rally on February 25 for the celebration of the EDSA People Power Revolution, over 400 unpaid protesters allegedly mobbed the headquarters of the Liberal Party to demand payment for their participation in the protest, according to a certain blogspot.

This was how framed the story and even cited a certain Police Senior Inspector Napoleon Caguitla who noticed the crowd in front of the LP office at the Balay Expo Centro Building, EDSA corner McArthur Avenue, Araneta Center.

Caguitla was quoted saying, “Pinuntahan natin kung tungkol saan ang komusyon dahil wala namang naireport sa atin na may gagawing rally rito, at yun nga, napag-alaman natin na ang iilan pala sa mga kababayan natin dito ay nagtitipon para hingin diumano ang bayad sa kanilang pagrally noong sabado.”

A rally organizer allegedly said that a high-ranking LP member promised to pay them P1,000 but instead, paid only P150 and a burger.

Another protester said he and his family members are entitled to receiving P5,000 because they still came from Tarlac. He was quoted saying, “Nakitulog lang po kami sa terminal ng bus. Hindi kami makaalis dahil ni pamasahe wala kami. Wala nang umasikaso sa amin pagkatapos ng rally. Sana man lang bigyan nila kami kahit pamasahe at pambili ng bigas.”

However, (The Philippine Pride) is the same fake news site that carried made-up stories about actor Mark Anthony Fernandez getting two lady cops pregnant while he was in prison, the late Playboy founder donating $5 million to Duterte’s war on drugs, bishops telling President Duterte to leave the New People’s Army alone, the CHR calling the military’s surprise attack against the NPA a human rights violation, Robredo’s P6 million vacation house in Albay getting destroyed during Mayon Volcano’s eruption, and more.


In fact, is included in MemeBuster’s list of fake news sites to avoid this 2018.

A crowd of 400 people would have surely gotten other people’s attention, including that of cop Caguitla in the story. However, we could not find the cop’s quoted statement in other sources aside from that found on

Even the photo used was one taken from the NBC News article, ‘Obama Not Welcome’: Filipinos Protest Presidential Visit,” that was published on April 23, 2014.

There were also other fake stories before on how the LP paid protesters from Visayas and Mindanao for the September 21 rally, with one even claiming that the opposition rented Superferry ships to bring the protesters to Manila.

Despite the dubious nature of the story and its source, some Facebook pages and individual users still shared, further causing the misinformation to spread.

The Duterte-supportive page “Showbiz Government” shared it and its post got over 5,000 shares.

A Facebook user’s post also got almost 1,500 shares.

The misinformation worked, based on these comments.

But you can do something to stop spreading misinformation. If you see another story from the, you might want to think twice before taking it seriously and sharing it online. It would also help if you arm yourself with the easy tips on how to spot fake news.


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Busted: Agot Isidro did not say ‘habang tumatagal sa pwesto si Duterte, pabulok nang pabulok ang MRT’



Actress Agot Isidro found herself yet again as the subject of a fake story claiming that she slammed the MRT woes for getting worse and worse as President Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency moves forward.

But the vocal Duterte critic told the fake news makers to “stop putting words in my mouth.”

The article bearing the title “Habang Tumatagal sa Pwesto si Duterte, Pabulok Nang Pabulok Ang MRT – Agot Isidro” was posted by the website on February 26, 2018.


Isidro was said to have blasted Duterte for failing to solve the MRT problem within the promised six-month deadline, according to the article. She was quoted saying: “Yong six monthns nga na pangako niya sa drugs hindi nya nagawa e, eto pa kayang MRT na wala syang sinabi. Alam naman natin puro bunganga lang itong ating kasalukuyang gobyerno. Puro dada, puro kabastusan at insulto ang lumalabas sa mabahong bunganga pero wala namang nagawa (sic).”

She was also alleged to have joked, “habang tumatagal sa pwesto itong si Duterte, sa palala itong MRT. O di ba rhyme, parang childrens’ poen lang (sic).”

In her tweet on February 28, Isidro simply said, “I did not say this. #FakeNews.”

The fake post, though, has already been shared online, with it gaining 1,700 comments and 88 shares when shared to Facebook group “Marcos Loyalist and the page “Du30 Solid Supporters.”

This is not the first fake news about Isidro since she called Duterte a “psychopath.”

There were fake stories about her dating drug lords, the police finding P680 million in her house during a raid, and her being forced to check out of her Boracay hotel.


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