Former interior secretary Rafael Alunan shared an article from okd2.com claiming that a New People’s Army Commander and 121 other rebels surrendered in Bukidnon. Based on that article, Alunan laud President Rodrigo Duterte’s “sincere desire to work for lasting peace.”
“This shows PRRD’s sincere desire to work for lasting peace. He’s hands-on and his presence in the field is eloquent testimony of his sincerity to end the conflict through good governance. Civil society should do its part because resolving the roots of armed conflict require a “whole-of-nation” approach. The institutions of government, including and especially the LGUs, must follow through and bring closure to this intergenerational problem,” Alunan said in his post.
As of writing, his post has been shared 536 times and has received 2,700 reactions.
One commenter, Cris Maralit, said that the Philippine government should stop negotiating with Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Joma Sison and focus on the NPA leadership instead, to which Alunan replied that during his time, they also talked with the local units.
However, a certain Miguel Syjuco pointed out how the news story was also carried by other blogs newsfileph.com and philnewstrend,com and noted okd2.com’s disclaimer.
This is clearer version of okd2’s disclaimer, wherein it says it cannot guarantee the legitimacy of its content while encouraging its readers to do additional research.
This could also be why one commenter said that okd2.com is a “satire” site.
Another commenter said that he is from Bukidnon but that he has not heard of the said news about the rebels’ surrender.
We checked the details in okd2.com’s article, but we could not find other news articles about the surrender of a certain NPA commander called Ka Rodolfo Peligro, a.k.a. Ka Puroy, on February 11, Saturday.
The article even mistakenly wrote that there were 212 rebels who surrendered.
However, Meme Buster could not find any other supporting news reports about the surrender of the said rebels in Malaybalay, Bukidnon on February 11. It is totally made up!
What we found, though, were old news articles about NPA rebels surrendering in 2014. 54 NPA members surrendered in June, another 54 in July, and four more in December of that year.
Okd2.com is not exactly a reliable source of news. In fact, we have busted a lot of its stories. It is quite good at making up stories, such as the late Senator Miriam Santiago’s last words uttered to Duterte were “don’t trust Robredo,” former President Joseph Estrada giving Robredo a 2/10 rating, Senator Risa Hontiveros seeking salary increase for protesters, US President Donald Trump seeking Duterte’s advice on dealing with China, and more.
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