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Busted: FB page says AFP Mobile Kitchen was donated by South Korean Army after Yolanda, not acquired by Duterte



A Facebook page set out to correct several Facebook posts thanking President Rodrigo Duterte for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Mobile Kitchen sent to the soldiers in Marawi City.

Philippines Defense Forces Forum said that the mobile kitchen was donated by the South Korean Army to the AFP after Yolanda, not acquired by the President.

“Correction, the AFP Mobile Kitchen was not acquired by Duterte but donated to the AFP by South Korea in the aftermath of Yolanda,” the FB page wrote on July 15, 6:34 pm.

We checked relevant information about the AFP Mobile Kitchen and found a December 27, 2016 article from the Philippine Information Agency’s blog about the mobile kitchen truck. The report covered the event about how the mobile kitchen was brought to Batangas Port on December 27 to help people who were stranded in the pier due to Typhoon Nina. We also confirmed what the Philippines Defense Forces Forum said since the report said that a staff officer in charge of supplies in the army gave credit to the South Korean army for donating the mobile truck.


“Ayon kay Captain Michelle Paranga ng Office of the Quarter Master General, ang trak ay dating pagmamay-ari ng South Korean Airforce na isa sa mga grupong nag-responde sa mga survivor ng Yolanda,” the PIA report said.

According to the report, the mobile kitchen has 15 large rice cookers, two large cooking pots for soup, and a burner. The large truck’s sole purpose is to cook and feed a lot of people, which is what it is doing now in Marawi. The report also detained the transfer of the truck’s ownership, from when it was donated by the South Korean Airforce to the Department of National Defense (DND) after their relief operation and was eventually donated by the DND to the AFP in February 2016.

Paranga added that the mobile kitchen was also used during earthquake drills and was paraded during special occasions.

And just to further verify that the PIA report was indeed referring to the AFP Mobile Kitchen, we found this post by the Department of Social Welfare and Development FB page on December 28 showing the distribution of food from the AFP Mobile Kitchen at the Batangas Pier.

Philippines Defense Forces Forum’s correction also came with a screenshot of a post by the page “Legal Army Wives” thanking Duterte for the mobile kitchen, which kept the Marawi soldiers fed.

“Bagting na! Tara na mga ka Tropa pila na tayo! Gyera naman mamaya. Salamat sa AFP mobile kitchen ni Pres Duterte. Salamat sa pagmamahal sa iyong mga Kawal Sir. Busog lagi ang mga sundalo ditto sa Marawi,” the post read.

But when we checked the Legal Army Wives’ post, it was already edited with a “Thank you South Korea.” We checked the edit history of the post and found out that the page corrected its post on July 16, after the Philippines Defense Forces Forum’s correction was posted on Facebook.

See? Legal Army Wives’ first post was on July 15, 12:02pm. It was edited two times 18 hours ago, yesterday, July 16, thanking South Korea.

However, there were other pages that picked up Legal Army Wives’ original post, such as “Pres Rody Duterte Effect – The Peacemaker” and a netizen, among others. As of writing, they have not corrected their post with proper credit to the South Korean Army, unlike what the Legal Army Wives’ FB page did.

Last December, President Duterte himself checked out the AFP Mobile Kitchen.


According to a post by NowPinas, Paranga said that the AFP Mobile Kitchen can cook food for hundreds of soldiers daily. It can cook around three sacks of rice and serve 1,500 liters of purified water for the troops daily.

Volunteer mobile kitchen for evacuees

Aside from the AFP Mobile Kitchen feeding the Marawi soldiers, a mobile kitchen organized by volunteers also went to Marawi City to feed the evacuees. The Art Relief Mobile Kitchen was founded by photographer and volunteer Alex Baluyut.

On July 11, The ARMK has already been in Marawi for “24 feeding days” and has served over 21,000 hot Halal meals.

On July 14, the ARMK FB page reposted Baluyut’s post about how the ARMK is in its Level 3 food aid for the displaced people from Marawi City, which meant the “distribution of basic kitchen needs” for them to be able to cook for themselves. The ARMK will also supply them with fresh uncooked food and fruits, as well as firewood.

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Busted: Richard Gomez shares fake news claiming Queen Elizabeth II called Duterte a brave man



Actor and now Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez shared a fake story from an altervista blog claiming that British monarch Queen Elizabeth II called Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte a “brave man.”

Bearing the title, “Queen Elizabeth: Who Would Have Thought That One Day Philippines Will Get Such a Brave Man Like Duterte?” the blog noted that it was from the BBC Channel. However, the blog that published it was, which has also been suspended.

However, it should be noted that the blog that published the fake story was was, which is already suspended.


Gomez shared the post on Twitter on February 21 and it has since caught the attention of the netizens who called him out for sharing fake news.

MemeBuster already busted that story in November 2016. The story was then carried by, which is now inactive.

Read more about our story debunking the fake news here.

Several Twitter users called out Gomez for spreading fake news.

Someone urged him to be responsible in sharing news.

Others advised him to check the legitimacy of the news source before sharing.

Gomez was also slammed by netizens when he falsely claimed that the Centenarian Law was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. The said law was actually signed by former President Benigno Aquino III on June 13, 2016, a week before his term ended.

MemeBuster has listed as one of the fake news sites that used the trick of mimicking the URL of established media sources.


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Busted: Netizens hit Marcos fan page for old misleading meme about Trump allowing Filipinos visa-free entry to US



In February 2017, fan page “Marcos Corner” posted a meme claiming that US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to allow Filipinos to enter America without a visa.

The meme even said, “Good news for Filipinos…! Thank you President Trump!”

At first look, you’d think the meme was a genuine screenshot from a CNN breaking news story announcing “President Trump signs executive order to allow Filipino citizens to enter America without a visa.”

The Marcos Corner’s admin wrote, “Salute US President.”

“If this is true…. Ayan mga kapwa ko Pinoy. Favor na sa inyo iyan…. #ThanksTrump,” the admin added in a Facebook post on February 10, 2017.

While Marcos Corner posted the meme in February last year, we noticed how it was revived just a few days ago. As of writing, the meme has been shared over 32,000 times. While many of the recent shares showed people being curious about whether the meme’s claim is true or not, some of them just shared the meme without saying anything, making more room for confusion.

There were commenters who rejoiced over the said news.

However, there were also many commenters who called out the Facebook page’s admin for spreading fake news and causing more confusion among the netizens.

The commenters above are right, though. This meme on Trump signing documents that were claimed to be an executive order to give Filipinos visa-free entry to the US is fake.


MemeBuster has debunked that same photo before when it was first shared in February 2017 by various Facebook pages. We found out that the photo of Trump that was used was actually taken as a screenshot of the live coverage by CNN of the time when the American president signed an EO repealing Obamacare.

There has been no EO from Trump giving Filipinos visa-free entry to his country. In fact, it has been reported recently that Trump wanted to revive the campaign to limit immigrants from bringing their family to the US.

When confronted about the fake news the page “Marcos Corner” was spreading about the Trump and visa for Filipinos, the admin of the page defended themselves by pointing out how they included the phrase “if this is true.”

By including that phrase in their Facebook post, it showed that the admins of the Facebook page was not 100 percent sure about the information that they shared in the first place. And they were right to doubt it because Trump’s photo that was simply pushed online in the meme with misleading texts was really a fake.

Moreover, the list of 63 countries that offer visa-free access to Filipinos does not include the US.

The US’ visa waiver program that allows foreigners to travel to their country for business or tourism for as long as 90 days without getting a visa only includes 38 countries. The Philippines was not included in that list.

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Busted: Trillanes nagsabing handa siyang mamatay katulad ni Ninoy Aquino para sa bansa? It’s a misleading headline!



Pro-Duterte supporters mocked Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for allegedly saying that he is ready to die for our freedom.

Trillanes, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, has been the subject of harsh online comments by Duterte supporters.

In the link shared and commented by many of these supporters however, one will be directed to a prompt saying that the blog has been suspended for violations of community rules.

Websites could be flagged for a variety of reasons such as spammy contents, violence, pornography, and more commonly, inappropriate contents. Ever since the issue of online trolls and bashers hounded the Philippines, several websites have been flagged for posting contents that are meant only to direct users to a page despite the content being totally unrelated to the title.

The other article shared by, which shares the same title proves to be nothing but a clickbait because the content talks about the meeting of President Duterte and the parents of slain teenager Kian Delos Santos.

Comments made by Duterte supporters range from mockery to direct threats. Name calling is also very noticeable in the comments. Some of the commenters called Trillanes a traitor. In the same breath, they compared Trillanes with slain former Sen. Aquino, whom they referred to as a traitor as well.


The story was picked up by blogs with names such as,,,,,, and more.

The posts were spread widely by different Facebook pages that support the president, such as “Pres. Duterte Community” and “Duterte for a Change,” and even by the page of the supporters of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, among others. Facebook page “Time News Information,” bearing President Duterte’s photo, also shared the story.

Some netizens shared the link to the story to Facebook groups such as “Marcos Loyalist” and “President Rody Duterte Facebook Army.”

But just like with the case with, the content was not relevant to the headline at all.

If one would do a quick search, no reliable source quoted Trillanes for saying that he is prepared to die for the freedom of the country.

The post circulated at the height of the national call for justice for slain teenager Kian Delos Santos who was allegedly killed helplessly and brutally by members of Caloocan Police.

Trillanes visited the wake of Delos Santos and spoke to the parents of the 17-year-old. He condemned the brutal killing of the teen.

“Last year pa natin ipinagsisigawan na mali ito. Kung hindi pa sila nahuli ng CCTV camera at nag-alburuto pa yung mamamayan, tuloy-tuloy na ito at hindi ito hihinto,” he was quoted by ABS-CBN News.

The death of Delos Santos has been a big issue that also caught the interest of international media.

A senate hearing was also held to investigate the death of Delos Santos.


Source: ( ABS CBN News )


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