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Busted: Robredo’s former staff denies, calls ‘boyfriend’ accusations from Collective ‘bad taste’ and ‘stupid’

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Vice President Leni Robredo’s former staff denied accusations that he is his is boss’ ex-boyfriend.

Jonas Cabiles Soltes said that he heard about the issue from his friends, who told him that pro-Duterte blogger and lawyer Bruce Rivera posted We Are Collective’s accusations.

While he is “flattered” to be linked to someone like Robredo, he denied any romantic relationship between him and his former boss, adding that he worked for her when she was her district’s representative.

“Well, it’s flattering to be linked to a woman of beauty and substance especially because I am not physically-endowed. Thank you! But no. I was a former Political Affairs Officer III of the then Camarines Sur Representative,” he said.

“I was also a former Communications Officer of Jesse Robredo, whom I revered higher than Leni,” he added.

As for the photos posted that were used by the Collective to seemingly show his relationship with Robredo, this is what Soltes said: “I can share a hundred photos of us together. All of these photos were taken in public places. Just ask me.”

He also denied going on a trip to the US with Robredo.

“You can also verify with the US Department of State: I and Leni Robredo have never been in the US at the same time. Of course all of my friends know that it isn’t true,” Soltes said.

Soltes also said that even Robredo’s late husband is probably “laughing very hard” wherever he is now.

He also revealed the real reason why he left Robredo’s office – to pursue his own political ambitions – and the Robredo couple has been supportive of him.

“Now, people, you want a real issue between us and VP Robredo? Try asking why I left her office two years ago to run for public office and try spinning the possible reasons into petty intrigues. I’ll give you something to start with: I ran not under the Liberal Party but under the United Nationalists Alliance. But I will only tell you that I have dreamed of becoming a public servant since I was a kid and the Robredos knew about that so they let me pursue that path–in good faith,” Soltes said.

Robredo’s former staffer said he just told friends and constituents to “laugh about” the accusations and warned them not to take We Are Collective seriously.

“I am just explaining to save all of you from bad taste and stupidity,” Soltes concluded his post.

Robredo’s former staff denies, calls ‘boyfriend’

He also posted a screenshot of the post made by Rivera and another pro-Duterte blogger, Cocky Rocky, or Rocky Gonzales, who agreed to post Collective’s recent revelations after the group’s Facebook page and websites are taken down.

We located the said posts from Rivera, called the “First Hydra,” accusing Robredo of cheating with Soltes as a response to her husband’s own cheating ways.

The post claimed:

“Aba si VP Leni mala De Lima din pala ang peg. Kung si Leila mahilig sa driver/bodyguards e heto si Leni may kinawiwilihan ding myembro ng kanyang legislative staff bago naging sila ni Bolet. Ikaw Leni ha… Matindi din ang paghihiganti mo sa mga katiwalian ni Jesse… pati staff pinapatulan mo na… isinama mo pa sa US… Ano kaya ang taglay ng staff na ito at very special ang tingin sa kanya ng kanyang boss?”

Robredo’s former staff denies, calls ‘boyfriend’

And here is Gonzales’ post from Collective and it said:

“Kaw Leni ha. Totoo ba na kung si Leila may Dayan ikaw naman meron ding favorite na kasakasama sa biyahe na Jonas? Teka. Pakaliskisan kaya natin sa mga peeps. O mga peeps what canyou say about Leni’s representative before Bolet. Can you imagine what it would be like everyday?”

Robredo’s former staff denies, calls ‘boyfriend’

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We also tried to locate the other “hydras” that We Are Collective has asked other pro-Duterte bloggers to post.

The third one was posted by blogger Drei Toledo, which said:

“Sweet naman. Ikaw Leni ha… You are one naughty girl talaga… inggit naman kami… buti pa sila pa US US lang… samantalang kaming mga nasa laylayan sadlak sa kahirapan na gawa ng mga magnanakaw at kriminal na nagpapakalat ng droga. Oh well, can’t have it all talaga.”

Robredo’s former staff denies, calls ‘boyfriend’

However, the blogger who’s supposed to post the fourth hydra, Bryan Ng Co, did not post anything, adding that it was due to “misaligned expectation.”

Another blogger who is supposed to post the fifth hydra said that “something’s gone awry with Hydra…”

Robredo’s former staff denies, calls ‘boyfriend’

Here are the eight bloggers who were tapped by We Are Collective to post their hydras, as shared by Gonzales.

Robredo’s former staff denies, calls ‘boyfriend’

As of writing, pro-Duterte bloggers, including those who were asked by Collective to post eight Hydras and those who said that they rejected Collective’s proposal, such as Sass Rogando Sasot, have posted their reactions to the revelations in the Hydra, which we will cover in another article.

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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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