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Busted: Hontiveros wants to raise senior citizen age qualification to 65 years old? Not true at all!

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Senator Risa Hontiveros has been a victim of fake news a few times in the past and it seems like another hoax has picked her as a subject as articles surfaced online about how she allegedly wants to raise the senior citizen age qualification to 65 years old.

The said story has been shared thousands of times on Facebook as it was shared by Duterte fan pages such as “President Duterte Supporters,” “Tatay Digong,” and “PRRD – the Greatest,” among others.

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The story was also picked up by blogs like globalnews.favradio.fm, whose link has been shared almost 17,000 times, pinoythinking.online, and ilikeyouquotes.blogspot.com.

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Even talent manager Ogie Diaz posted a reaction to the video, telling Hontiveros to properly research what bills she should pass and asking her to instead push for the lowering of the age qualification for Filipino senior citizens to 55 instead of 60. However, Diaz later removed his post.

Hontiveros wants to raise senior citizen age

We traced the origin of the story to the fake news site okd2.com. According to the story, Hontiveros filed a bill that would increase the age qualification of senior citizens from the current 60 to 65, something that would affect 137,000 incoming seniors in the next five years, as per the Philippine Statistics Office. The article also noted how the bill would likely be “scrapped” during the Senate hearing and how it was deemed by rights groups as “inhuman.”

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Okd2.com also quoted a certain “Att. Rafael Absalon of Seniors of the Future,” who condemned Hontiveros’ supposed Senate bill by saying: “Yong bill ni Senator Hontiveros ay halatang hindi pinag-isipan. Ang mga matatanda ay dapat ngang kaawann. Hindi naming maintindihan kung ano ang dahilan at ginawa ni Sen. Hontiveros ang ganyang bagay.”

A draft of the senator’s bill reportedly said:

“People are just getting government’s money while still working.”

“The government should invest more on young people instead of nursing older generations. Young people should be aware about Martial Law atrocities so the mistake will not be repeated.”

However, Okd2.com’s claims are made up!

Hontiveros is pushing for the youth to become more aware about what happened during Martial Law, even donating history books about it and passing a Joint Resolution to declare September as “national truth-telling month” on Martial Law.

However, she did not pass a Senate bill to raise the age qualification for Filipino seniors to 65. In fact, during the campaign, she promised to push for the implementation of the law that makes senior citizens automatic PhilHealth members.

As its About page has said, Okd2.com may publish “fiction” for its readers’ entertainment in very rare cases. But we have busted a lot of fake stories from this site, including a few about Hontiveros, such as Hontiveros seeking salary increase for protesters, going on hunger strike over Marcos’ burial,  and attempting to remove Marcos’ name from Philippine history books. Recently, we also busted Okd2.com stories, such as the supposed backstory behind Jim Paredes’ hatred of Duterte, surrender of an NPA commander and 121 other rebels, and graft charges filed against PNoy, Mar Roxas, and Dinky Soliman on international court.

If you read something that originated from okd2.com, it would be better to verify the story by looking at several sources first. The website has a habit of mixing up genuine news with fiction, making it hard for many readers to recognize that they are already consuming fake news.

Sources: ( facebook.com , rappler.com )

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

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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 topnewsph.info, 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.


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The story was picked up by blogs with names such as duterte4.altervista.org, newsflow.tk, newsflow2017.blogspot.com, timenewsinformation.blogspot.com, newsprimeph.blogspot.com, politico.altervista.org, 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 topnewsph.info, 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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Busted: SC orders Kris Aquino to return ‘Imelda Marcos diamond necklace’? Fake news alert!

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A blogspot claimed that the Supreme Court released a two-page memo allegedly ordering actress and former presidential sister Kris Aquino to return the diamond necklace she borrowed from Malacañang during her brother, former President Benigno Aquino III’s, term. The necklace, according to the story, is allegedly part of the things that the Philippine government seized from the Marcos family.

The post, which was published on February 6, and posted by the Facebook page “Philippine News Courier” on the same day, has gained several comments condemning Aquino for allegedly not following the orders of the Supreme Court.

 

Speculations of Aquino wearing a jewelry formerly owned by former First Lady Imelda Marcos first surfaced in October 2016. She allegedly wore it at an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation event held on November 18-19, 2015.

Responding to the rumor, Aquino posted on her Instagram account a denial of the allegations.

The post reads:

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“It seems you don’t want me to stay quiet and your trolls want to keep perpetuating lies about me. My friend JC Buendia & my sister Viel both showed me this paulit ulit na FB post. The necklaces supposedly belonged to Mrs Marcos & I was brazen enough to wear them for the APEC DINNER. Duh? The necklace I wore was made from cubic zirconia & silver- hindi po DIAMONDS, in other words fake sila although Bottega Veneta naman. ENOUGH! And the TRUTH is on my side- including credit card receipts. P.S. I have a long standing event for #ARIEL on Tuesday, even if my necklaces aren’t appropriate for showing how you can remove more than 100 different types of stains- what the heck, isusuot ko na sila, after all I paid for them w/ hard earned, tax paid income, and hindi ko na problema kung yung pagnanakaw ng iba trip nilang ibintang/pagtakpan using me- and to be perfectly clear, I’m not referring to Mrs. Marcos. So this is FAIR WARNING- stop lying about me if you don’t want your rotting skeletons unearthed. #IAMBACK (sic)”.

MemeBuster also busted this same story two years ago via the post Busted: Kris Aquino did NOT wear Imelda Marcos’ jewelry.

As what we’ve said in our article, it is impossible for Aquino to get hold of the said jewelry pieces because these are kept safely at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ high security vault.

The Presidential Commission on Good Governance said that the keys are held by four different agencies – the PCGG, COA, Bureau of Customs, and the Office of the President.

PCGG commissioner Andrew de Castro was also quoted saying that Aquino’s jewelry look different from the ones owned by Marcos. The Marcos jewelry in question is adorned with dark jewels connecting the diamonds to each other.

Aquino said that her jewelry is made of cubic zirconia and silver, not diamond. She added that she bought it from Bottega Veneta, an Italian luxury goods and high fashion brand house best known for its leather goods.

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Busted: CHR slammed surprise military attack on NPA as blatant human rights violation? It’s fake news!

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The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) allegedly condemned the surprise attack by government forces on New People’s Army terrorists, according to a post by The Philippine Pride.

According to the post, the attack resulted to the death of 21 bandits and is considered by the Philippine government as the most successful military operation against the NPA under the Duterte administration. It also said that a certain Roberto Dulango, an alleged NPA member, was killed last May 4 while in police custody in Bohol, another incident that the CHR criticized.

The post further says that the CHR official, who refused to reveal his identity, wanted the military to have at least allowed the rebels finish their meals before the airstrike was conducted. The surprised bandits, allegedly left the camp hurriedly leaving their meals and other belongings while the military took over their camp.

But the source of all these claims is dubious, it being the phnewspride.blogspot.com. It has been featured here in MemeBuster for publishing fake stories like Mark Anthony Fernandez impregnating two lady cops while he was detained and Rep. Baguilat cancelling his Hong Kong trip after his aide was caught with ecstasy at NAIA.

Checking phnewspride.blogspot.com, it describes itself as a blog that is dedicated to Pinoys here and abroad. It can be noticed, however, that it started only in November last year.

An exact copy of the phnewspride.blogpost.com’s article was also posted in the thinkingpinoys.info but still it does not attribute or coincide with a reliable news source.

The thinkingpinoys.info post was shared by the “Duterte News Everywhere” Facebook page.

Other blogs, such as balita15.altervista.org, powerofduterte.com, netizenblogph.blogspot.com, radiohubph.info, philippine37tv.blogspot.pe, also carried the story. These blogs’ version of the story were further shared by individual Facebook users to groups such as “President Rody Duterte Facebook Army” and “Federalism Under Duterte Administration” and by Facebook pages “Duterte Supporters Worldwide,” “Filipinas Trending,” and “Budoy News.”

Page followers were quick to comment negatively against CHR headed by Commissioner Chito Gascon (not Chino as posted on the page).

Basing on the timeline that was given in the post, it could be deduced that it is fictional. Legitimate news sources have not reported any recent encounter of government forces and the NPA.

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The alleged NPA member Roberto Dulango that the post claims died in police custody last May 4 may also be fictional. There are no news stories from legitimate news sources in the Visayas or nationwide that discussed Dulango’s alleged death.

Franco Mabanta, who fell for another post by the phnewspride.blogspot.com in the past, has said that it is a satirical site. A satire is a literary work that uses irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, and the like.

The quote used in the post clearly demonstrates a ridiculous situation where warring parties have to warn each other of their attacks.

If you Google that quote in the article, you’d only find it published in blogs but not in more established sources.

The CHR has been a subject of attacks by Duterte supporters for allegedly siding with criminals instead of the victims. It could be remembered that CHR was given a P1,000 budget by the House of Representatives during the deliberations for the 2018 budget last year.

However, Duterte supporters need to be reminded that the CHR is a commission mandated to “protect the rights of the people from abuse by state agents such as the government, police and the military. The CHR is mandated to ensure that the government will not abuse and violate its duty to protect the primary rights of the people”. You can check out this infographic that distinguishes the duties of the CHR and the Philippine National Police here.

Gascon himself has been the subject of several fake stories, some of which MemeBuster has debunked. There were made-up stories about him wanting to protect Maute Group’s human rights, a story that came from a satirical site and him saying President Duterte can be charged with genocide for killing Maute terrorists. President Duterte himself made a false statement when he remarked that Gascon is not a lawyer, when the CHR chairman even got a master’s degree in law abroad.

 

Sources: PhilStar

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