After the controversial interment of the late president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on November 18, Facebook and other social networking sites became a platform of discussions raging from friendly political debates and exchanges to hate posts between the “pros” and the “antis” of the said burial.
But in between such exchanges, many fake articles found their way to the social media sphere, all thanks to Facebook pages sharing unverified articles.
A Facebook page called “No More Term For Noynoying” is one of those accounts that Memebuster found to be guilty of this.
A post from the said page that has 355 shares, 548 likes, and 50 comments as of writing shared a photo of Martial Law victims and anti-Marcos rallyists holding a banner that was deliberately edited to give out false information. It said: “YES aso lang ng mga Aquino ang pwede sa LNMB.”
This was edited to give the public the impression that these anti-Marcos rallyists are pro-Aquino, and agreed that only the dog of the late President Cory Aquino can be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
But the original photo was used by philstar.com in their news article “Martial Law victims ask SC to halt Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani.” In the picture, Martial Law victims are seen holding a banner that says “No Hero’s Burial for Marcos!”
However, aside from the post being misleading that anti-Marcos rallyists are pro-Aquino, the information that the edited banner is trying to spread is proven to be false as well.
It has already been busted through a previous Memebuster article, “Busted: Former Pres. Cory Aquino’s PSG dog was not buried in Libingan, but in Malacañang Park,” that the dog being mentioned in several posts is actually a Presidential Security Group dog for President Cory when she was still president. The dog was also not buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani but at the Malacañang Park. Moreover, every dog that serves as a law enforcer’s aide is given the same military honor on its interment and not only the dog guarding the late president.
One of the common problems with these kinds of posts is their belief of the false dichotomy that being an anti-Marcos equates to being pro-Aquino.
Moreover, while there is no problem with posting your opinions and insinuating political debates and intellectual discussions in social media, creating and editing false news and images to mislead the public is one serious problem. We should not condemn people of using the social media to express their stand, but the use of false information is not something to be tolerated.
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