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Busted: Marcos will become VP in 2018? But PET has not yet decided on electoral protest!

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Some Facebook pages and individual users shared articles bearing the same news about how former Senator Bongbong Marcos will assume the vice presidency in 2018.

“Sa Wakas! 2018 Uupo Na Si Vice President Bongbong Marcos! Panoorin,” said the title of the articles that have been circulating online.

The story was picked up by blogs such as du30balitaph.info, pilipinasnews.info, balitangbayan.info, medianetph.info, globalnewz.info, newsglobalph.altervista.org, balitangduterte.info, and pinoynewsngbayan.blogspot.com.

The YouTube video from the blog pilipinasnews.info was over 33 minutes long and it showed Thinking Pinoy blogger Rey Joseph Nieto’s Facebook Live.

Nieto started off talking about a well-placed source who’s involved in Marcos’ electoral protest against Robredo who told him that Marcos won in Camarines Sur after the memory cards were decrypted. He said that he remembered that Robredo won 800,000 votes in CamSur, while Marcos only had 30,000 votes. However, the decryption process allegedly showed that Marcos actually won in CamSur.

“Sabi na nga nung source ko, nung dinecrypt yung SD cards, lumitaw na lamang si Bongbong. Medyo bumaligtad yung total. That is, kung magiging official na ang recount ng Camarines pa lang, vice president na si Bongbong. Ganyan,” Nieto said.

He noted that the recount will likely end in the first quarter of 2018.

Nieto also discussed about what will likely necessitate an early assassination of Duterte, noting the possibility that it could be done in the first quarter or 2nd quarter of 2018, when the weather is so hot protesters might run the risk of suffering from heat stroke. He also cited this as the reason why successful People Power revolutions were conducted in the first quarter of the year.

However, the blogger said that there could be two masterminds behind a Duterte assassination. Aside from the Liberal Party, the “obvious choice,” the military may also orchestrate the assassination of the President.

Why the military? Nieto said that there are still factions in the military that remained loyal to the LP, noting that there is one member of the National Security Council who is still loyal to the Aquinos. Another potential reason is that there might be military generals who might be enticed by the possibility that they could lead the country themselves through a military junta.

Nieto talked more scenarios about Duterte’s possible assassination by the military who are LP loyalists, LP, and the military who want a military junta but he also said that none of these scenarios may happen. He did not fail to note though the popular sayings about praying for the best but prepare for the worst.

As for Duterte’s assassination, Nieto said he does not believe that it is impossible, reminding his viewers about the PSG member who was killed inside the Malacañang Palace.

There was one viewer who said that no one would dare assassinate Duterte if Marcos is bound to be the next president, but Nieto said it was wrong to assume such thing. He said that if LP were to assassinate Duterte from January to April, it would mean that it’ll be up to Robredo or whoever LP would choose to install in power to pick the next Supreme Court justices. This meant that the next president may influence the decision of the SC sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), which oversees Marcos’ electoral protest against Robredo.

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The blogger also brought up the fact that if LP returns to power, he, along with Communications Asec. Mocha Uson and pro-Duterte blogger Sass Sasot, would be among the first ones who’d be sent to prison. He said that he’d seek political asylum abroad.

He even answered a question about the libel case filed against him by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Nieto explained that anyone can file a case but the question is whether that case has probable cause.

The video was more than 33 minutes long, with most of the video dedicated to Nieto talking about the different scenarios that may lead to a Duterte assassination. He said he decided to go on Facebook Live to help him through his mental block while writing an article about these scenarios. But the only part that was relevant to the title claiming that Marcos will be VP in 2018 was the first few minutes of the video. And as per his claim, he got the story from a “well-placed, anonymous source” who was involved in the electoral protest that is still ongoing.

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The other blogs, such as newsglobalph.altervista.org, with almost the same title as the other articles about Marcos becoming a VP in 2018 contain a 13-minute video showing the “Karambola sa DWIZ” program. In the radio program, Nieto talked about the same source who claimed Marcos got more votes than Robredo, making him the VP. Just like in his Facebook video, he said that his source thinks that the LP might now be looking for ways to prevent a Marcos vice presidency. The rest of the video talked about the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, DOTr to file a plunder charge against Aquino executives over MRT, and the issues with MRT.

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But again, when Marcos mentioned as the new vice president in 2018, it was all based on Nieto’s claim about his anonymous source who was present during the SD card decryption that Marcos won in Camarines Sur, allegedly enough to make him win in the recount. And it was all that was used by the blogs as the basis for claiming that Marcos will FINALLY become vice president in 2018.

We found Nieto’s Facebook Live post, which was copied by other blogs, on his own page, posted at 1 am on November 24.

Netizens were quick to react to the claims made by various blogs online about Marcos being proclaimed as VP next year, evident in the thousands of shares the story gets on Facebook. It was shared by and to pages such as “Sara Duterte Worldwide Supporters,” “Pres. Rody Duterte “Partner for Change,”” “President Duterte Astig Supporters,” “Aksyong Duterte,” and more.

Many netizens fell for the title’s claim, based on their comments.

But there were also netizens who wanted something that will assure them 100% that Marcos will indeed win in the recount next year, while slamming Nieto for raising false hope among Marcos’ supporters.

The only thing that was used as basis for writing such a title about Marcos being proclaimed as the Philippines’ vice president in 2018 was blogger Nieto’s story that he got from his “well-placed anonymous source.” PET has not yet decided on Marcos’ electoral protest, with both parties recently exchanging words over the list of witnesses submitted by Marcos’ camp. This meant that whatever Nieto’s claim was, it can still be considered as an unverified report that does not guarantee that Marcos will indeed be VP next year.

This is not the first story about Marcos winning in the recount. We debunked stories claiming that Robredo said she will continue with her VP duties until Marcos takes over, Marcos won in his electoral protest, and the recount results showed Marcos winning in areas where electoral cheating allegedly happened.

 

Sources: ( rappler.comgmanetwork.com )

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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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Busted: Hollywood actor laughed at Robredo for copying his Independence Day movie speech? It’s fake news!

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After Vice President Leni Robredo’s recent “Free the Courts” speech at UP Diliman on May 7, articles abound about how a Hollywood actor laughed at her for copying his speech in a movie.

Actor Bill Pullman, who played the role of a fictional US president in the movie Independence Day, allegedly laughed at the Philippine VP for copying the speech he made during the movie. This is according to the May 8 story on the blog philippineinsidernews.blogspot.com.

The story was also picked up by other blogs, such as balita1.altervista.org, weblogph.tk, and realspotnews.info and shared by Facebook pages, such as Philippine News Courier, Trending News Today, and Like for Donations, among others.

Based on these stories online, Pullman was said to have reacted to a meme made by blogger RJ Nieto, a.k.a. Thinking Pinoy, comparing Pullman’s character’s speech and Robredo’s speech. The actor was shown to have tweeted his reaction to TP’s meme, saying “Creative and very well done. Gave me a good laught this morning.” It was also time-stamped “20m,” marking that the screenshot was made 20 minutes after the tweet went live.

While the time-stamp made it seem like Pullman’s alleged tweet was made recently, it actually wasn’t. The text in Pullman’s tweet that was used in the story above was real, but he posted that tweet in reaction to a completely different thing, not Robredo’s speech. He tweeted that on February 22, 2018 when he reacted to a YouTube video “Lone Starr A Spaceballs TEASER. – Han Solo a Star Wars Story Style.”

But the misleading story did not end there! It even had a Part Two bearing the title “Robredo Won’t Apologize for Copying Bill Pullman Speech at Independence Day Movie” published on May 9 by the same blog, philippineinsidernews.blogspot.com.

In this story, statements were attributed to Robredo’s spokesperson, Georgina Hernandez, who allegedly reacted to Pullman’s reaction to Robredo’s speech.

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“The OVP [Office of the Vice President] categorically deny allegations that VP Leni Robredo copied her recent speech from the movie Independence Day. The message might be the same, but the difference in words is very obvious. The vice president also spoke from her heart, and there was no prepared speech for her.”

“The vice president believes that the accusation is only a strategy of her critics to divert the public’s attention from the real issue. It is very clear that the present administration is doing everything to silent its critics, and is using the Constitution in the wrong way. Therefore, the vice president needs to fight against the dictatorship.”

But in Rappler’s fact-checking report, Hernandez denied making the statements above.

“Those statements did not come from me. Definitely fake news,” she said in a text message to Rappler.

While there are similarities in Robredo’s speech and Pullman’s speech while playing his character in the movie, Pullman did not make a reaction over this. His February 2018 tweet was edited to mislead people. Robredo, unlike the claims of the second part of the story, also did not react to this fake news involving Pullman.

This is not the first fake story that the Facebook page Philippine News Courier has helped spread on social media. The said page also shared the fake stories about the late Playboy founder Hugh Heffner donating $5 million to Duterte’s anti-drug campaign, the Supreme Court ordering Kris Aquino to return Imelda Marcos’ diamond necklace, former Senator Bongbong Marcos leading over Robredo by 1,786 votes in the first week of the VP vote recount, and more. The page is also associated to the fake news site philnewscourier.blogspot.com.

Sources: ( www.rappler.comtwitter.com )

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