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Busted: Bam Aquino blamed ‘Ang Probinsyano’ for Lapid’s inclusion in ‘Magic 12’? It’s not true!



Senator Bam Aquino denounced the fake news accusing him of blaming a popular TV show program as the reason for the inclusion of former Senator Lito Lapid in the top 12 in the Senate election survey.

He warned readers and the media not to fall for the fake story.

“Mag-ingat po tayo sa pekeng balita at pekeng quotes!” the statement on Aquino’s official Facebook page read.

“Sen. Bam has not made any negative comments regarding the recent surveys for the 2019 elections nor has he commented on any of the top 12 Senate candidates,” it read.

“We call on everyone, especially members of the press, to be vigilant of fake quotes and fake news. Maraming salamat po!” it further said.

Along with the statement were two screenshots marked with the word “FAKE” in huge bold letters. The screenshots were those of a post by FB page “Newspaper PH” sharing a story “Sen Bam Aquino Blames “Ang Probinsyano” Over Lito Lapid’s Slot in 2019 Election.” The other one was of a post by news site “Politiko” sharing its article about how Lapid’s daughter-in-law, actress Tanya Garcia, told Aquino to shut up after he allegedly mocked the former senator-actor’s inclusion in the top 12 of the Senate survey by the SWS.

Aquino’s clarification statement came after reports surfaced about how Garcia slammed the senator for allegedly reacting negatively to the SWS Senate survey.

In Politiko’s report, a statement attributed to Aquino was quoted: “Nirerespeto naman natin ang resulta ng kahit anong survey. Kaya lang, sa tingin ko may mga ilang pumasok sa Magic 12 kahit di naman dapat. Napansin ko kasi, parang bumabalik tayo sa dati na pag laging nakikita ng publiko, akala nila pwede na.”

To this, Garcia responded by asking if Aquino thinks he is the only one who deserves to become a senator.

“Hmmmm …why Bam Aquino???? So you think ikaw lang deserving maging senator??? At yung ibang humahabol, hindi? O e di ikaw na! Ikaw na! Bam Aquino for Senator this 2019! I sincerely hope you win ng madami ka pang magawa!” Garcia said in a Facebook post.


Garcia reportedly found it “laughable” that the senator and his fellow Liberal Party members liked to criticize Lapid when he was still in office and now, they still have something to say even if Lapid is already focusing on acting.

Lapid is one of the cast members of the hit ABS-CBN teleserye “Ang Probinsyano.”

Garcia then advised Aquino to shut up if he really respects the result of the survey, especially since Lapid has not made any decisions regarding the 2019 elections.

“P.S. if you claim you respect the results of the survey, dapat wala ng ‘kaya lang….’ if you really claim you respect it, you’d keep your mouth shut,” she said.

But as Aquino’s camp has pointed out, this story and the quote that made its way to the Politiko report is fake.

MemeBuster found the quote on the website, which is obviously trying to mimic TV5’s news site. The website identified itself as a “Satire and Humor Blog.”

The blog published the story on January 8 and made-up claims that Aquino said the hit TV series “Ang Probinsyano” should not have casted Lapid.

The blog was also among those blogs that published the absurd fake story about activist leader Renato Reyes’ son crashing a sports car, when the truth is his son is only nine years old.

It turned out it was not only Garcia who fell for the fake story from the ‘satirical’ blog, especially since the story was also picked up by another website that has shared fake stories before,


Aquino was also a target of several false stories before. He was featured in fake stories accusing him of saying “no comment” when asked about his alleged meeting with the Mautes; linking him to the Maute in the Marawi siege, something that DTI clarified; and alleging him of saying that he is ready to run for president in 2022.


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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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