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Busted: ‘Kung sa Diyos wala kaming takot sa ‘yo pa Duterte!’ is a ‘browsebait’ headline about Archbishop Villegas from newspaper

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In February, a daily newspaper used the headline on the front page saying “Kung sa Diyos wala kaming takot sa ‘yo pa Duterte! – Archbp. Villegas” and it made waves online.

Netizens reacted negatively to the headline by Bulgar on February 14, 2017 that was allegedly made out of a statement from Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

Villegas was bashed by netizens for saying he is not scared of God in the post that uploaded the Bulgar headline.

We looked for the content of news article by Bulgar and found this:

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It says that Villegas, in response to Duterte’s criticisms against the Catholic Church, said that they are not afraid of the President, adding that they are not scared of God but he had one important reason for it.

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“We are only afraid of sin, we are not even afraid of God because I know God loves me so much, I have no reason to be afraid of Him,” Villegas told the media during a forum.

“The Church is only afraid of sin because sin separates us from God. All the others are manageable,” he added.

Villegas then explained that he does not want to get into a fight with Duterte.

“There is only one that makes us afraid and that is sin. All the others, if God is with us, no one, nothing can ever be against us,” Archbishop Villegas said.

As to the criticisms hurled at the Catholic Church, the CBCP head said that the Church is willing to rise to the challenge of improving itself.

“Kapag sinabi mo sa katabi mo na hindi maganda ang damit, pero ang resulta nu’n ay na-discourage na, nawala na ang self-esteem, hindi maganda iyun. Pero ‘pag sinabi mo sa katabi mong ito ang suggestion ko para gumanda ang appeal mo, you give that person hope,” he explained.

“Iyon ang pakiusap ko, n asana, kung magko-correct tayo, bibigyan natin ang bawat isa ng pag-asa – hindi iyong sugatan na, marumi na, sisipain pa natin,” he added.

Duterte called the Catholic priests hypocrites   as they continued to criticize President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

Using the quote cited in the Bulgar article, we found that the same statement was used in the ABS-CBN report titled “Catholic Church not afraid of Duterte – CBCP head” published on February 13, 2017, a day before the Bulgar headline came out.

Given the full statement of Villegas about not fearing God, much more Duterte, and his reason for not feeling such emotion, we agree with what one blog called the headline – “browsebait.” Since it was found on a printed material, we cannot exactly say that it is clickbait. What Bulgar tried to do instead was to convince readers to browse through the physical pages of the newspaper.

It was actually the blog Defend the Catholic Faith that described the headline as “browsebait.”

“Ang masasabi ko lang sa mga giliw na taga subaybay ng social media ay dapat na po tayong Masanay. Nakilala po ang Bulgar sa pagiging ‘browsebait’ (for lack of a better term). Karamihan po sa mga headline ng News Paper na iyan ay talagang kagulat-gulat at kataka-taka ngunit sa pag binasa mo ang nilalaman ay hindi naman ganon ang pinapahiwatig,” the blogger behind the page wrote.

The blog also provided a link to the online copy of that February 14, 2017 issue from Bulgar, which you can find here.

Archbishop Villegas did say that the Catholic Church does not fear God because they know how much God loves them. They are not scared of Duterte, either, because the only fear that deserved to be feared of is sin, sin that will disconnect them from God. The headline by Bulgar was simply meant to shock people and urge them to buy the newspaper to browse the story’s content.

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

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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.

Sources: ( inquirer.net , news.mb.com.ph )

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

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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 phworkit.top.

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.

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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.

Sources: ( newsinfo.inquirer.ne , thestandard.com.ph , cnnphilippines.com , rappler.com , news.abs-cbn.com , businessmirror.com.ph )

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

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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 dailydu30.info 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.

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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.

Sources: ( philstar.comnewsinfo.inquirer.net )

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