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Busted: Arnold Schwarzenegger defends Duterte, calls him ‘real starring fighter’? It’s fake news!



Former California Governor and Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger allegedly came to President Rodrigo Duterte’s defense when he was slammed by some US lawmakers after US President Donald Trump invited Duterte to the White House.

The reports with the title “Arnold Schwarzenegger defends Pres Duterte: “Only the Filipinos have the right over their President” have been shared over 15,000 times. One of the websites that carried the report is the fake news site that we’ve tagged as such after publishing a long list of fake stories.

Another story related to the Hollywood actor had him calling Duterte as a “real starring fighter.” The story, as picked up by, has already been shared almost 13,000 times.

Facebook pages, such as Pres. Duterte ang Agila ng Davao, and individual users were also helping spread what we later discovered to be fake news as they shared the reports online.

We also found the story picked up by, although it is no longer accessible, as of writing. The website may have realized that the story is fake so they deleted it.

When we checked the over 4-minute long YouTube video uploaded by, we found that it is a combination of two stories that forced to link Schwarzenegger to Duterte, even with the use of fake quotes.

According to the video, Schwarzenegger called Duterte a “real starring and a fighter’ in modern times and added that the Philippine president showed that his priority will always be to “protect the people,” regardless of the cost of doing so.

We Googled the quote and found one suspicious source, the fake news site

We traced the story back to the fake news site and found it with the title “Arnold Schwarzenegger tags Duterte as ‘real starring fighter” published on June 12.

We have busted stories from, such as those about US Presidential son Donald Trump Jr. allegedly saying he sometimes felt that Duterte is his president and Hollywood actor and wrestler Dwayne Johnson calling Duterte an ‘inspiration.’

The continuation of the YouTube video was claiming that Schwarzenegger defended Duterte against the backlash from the US congress and called him ‘real starring and a fighter.’

We found the rest of what the YouTube video was claiming as Schwarzenegger’s defense of Duterte in the satirical blog of


The actor allegedly admonished US Congress for concluding that Duterte does not deserve to engage with the US and reminded the American lawmakers that only the Filipinos have constitutional power over him. Schwarzenegger insisted that Duterte has the right to diplomatic engagements as the Filipinos’ representative and it doesn’t matter whether the US Congress approves of Duterte or not.

It’s interesting to note that the Schwarzenegger line directly quoted in the title of the story was no longer found within the story.


We noted that the Pinoy Observer copied what they framed as Schwarzenegger’s statement from, which said “Duterte has depicted that, his top most priority as president was to “protect the people” at what ever cost.”

Since’s story was published on June 12, while that of Pinoy Observer was only posted on July 28, this meant that the satirical blog simply copied off that ‘statement’ from the fake news site.

What’s true with Pinoy Observer’s story about the actor defending Duterte is what US lawmakers Rep. Jackie Speier and Rep. James McGovern said about Duterte and Trump inviting him to the White House.

What aren’t true are those claims about Schwarzenegger calling Duterte “real starring and a fighter” and admonishing the US Congress for saying that they will not engage with Duterte. Schwarzenegger has never made such statements about Duterte and a 4-minute long YouTube video and some blogs are not enough to back up such grand claims linking the former politician and Hollywood actor to Duterte.

Fake news writers have long tried to link big names to Duterte, especially during the campaign period leading to the May 2016 elections. The most prominent fake story about it would likely be the fake meme that circulated showing Singaporean Prime Minister endorsing Duterte as a presidential candidate, which the Singaporean government denied.

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Busted: Robredo wants to add years to the K-to-12 program? It’s fake news!



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.

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Busted: Walang kasalanan ang Tulfo brothers ayon sa imbestigasyon? It’s a misleading headline!



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

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.


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.

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Busted: Legarda sinumbatan si Robredo na mag-resign bago pa lumabas ang resulta na panalo si Marcos? Misleading headline!



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 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.


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.

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