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Busted: Cardinal Tagle kissed Bautista’s feet in March 2016; he also washed, kissed other Catholic members’ feet too



A photo of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle kissing Comelec chairman Andres Bautista’s feet has gone viral, prompting some critics of Bautista to throw shade at both men, given the corruption allegations that Bautista is now facing.

The photo has been shared and reacted to over a thousand times on Facebook.

One asked, “Traitor Andres Bautista how much money did you pay Tagle to kiss your dirty feet????”

A certain Facebook user also shared the photo to the Facebook group BongBong Marcos United and gained a thousand reactions and hundreds of comments.

“The Filipino people are asking. What is he trying to prove by requesting Cardinal Tagle to kiss his feet?” he said.

Another simply captioned the photo, “Cardinal Tagle kissing Andy Bautista’s feet.”

The said post was then shared by pro-Duterte Darwin Cañete, a prosecutor in Caloocan City, who posted: “To be fair… that’s $10 million per foot. That’s a lot of girls a monsignor can pay for to confess at Victoria Court.”

Facebook page Marcos Corner also shared the photo, along with a caption: “Ahem.. Anong kadramahan naman ito ni Andres… Takot ba maimpeach..??

We also spotted some comments from Facebook users that showed them assuming that the photo was taken recently.


When one Facebook user tried to bring up the fact that the washing and kissing of the feet is usual during the Holy Week and included a photo and headline showing Pope Francis washing and kissing the feet of refugees for Easter Week.

“Hindi kayo nagsisimba ano? Pag Holy Thursday gawa yan sa lahat ng simbahan. Maski si Pope gawa yan,” she said.

To this, two Facebook users replied, with one saying that it is “very unlikely” that the kissing of the feet happened recently amid Bautista’s controversy.

Another wondered why the kissing of the feet is happening when it is not even the Lenten Season yet.

In a Facebook post, the page We Are Duterte asked whether the photo is recent and if it is, the page admins wondered why Bautista is using religion to show people he is innocent instead of disproving his estranged wife’s accusations.

“Is this photo recent? If it is, or if Bautista did ask Tagle’s help, this is so nauseating? Instead of defending himself – like proving the Luzon Bank accounts were not his – why is Bautista exploiting people’s religiosity to make them believe he is innocent?” the page wrote.

It seemed like the photo resurfaced because it was used by in a story about Bautista asking Cardinal Tagle for help. The blog noted the circumstances surrounding the photo when it said that Bautista that Cardinal Tagle did wash and kiss the feet of Comelec officials, representatives of women, youth, religious sisters, and people with disabilities (PWDs) before the May 2016 elections. This was something that was no longer included in the posts about the photo, leading to some netizens getting confused about the timing of the event given the controversies surrounding Bautista recently.

To clarify things, Bautista actually sought guidance from Cardinal Tagle for discernment after his estranged wife Patricia accused him of having unexplained wealth that he did not declare in his SALN.

“Ako’y humingi din ng tulong para tama yung aking magiging discernment kung ano ang dapat gawin. Kasi maraming interes na andito eh, yung kapakanan ng aking pamilya at siyempre yung interes ng Comelec,” Bautista said during the August 14 morning flag ceremony at the Comelec central office in Manila.

“Hindi naman mahirap na ibigay yung position o bumaba sa position eh. Hindi naman problema yun eh. Ang problema ko talaga na mawala ay ang Comelec family mula sa aking buhay,” he added.

The Manila Bulletin also noted how Bautista was among the faithful Catholic members whose feet were washed by Cardinal Tagle on Maundy Thursday in 2016.

True enough, we found an article about Cardinal Tagle washing and kissing the feet of Bautista, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) Coordinator Jun Ochiangco, representatives of religious sisters, women, youth and PWDs on Maundy Thursday, March 24, 2016.

Tagle performed the religious rite to imitate Jesus washing the feet of his 12 disciples in the Book of John.

Tagle released a statement about the ceremony and said that it was aimed to show the importance of the May 2016 elections and to highlight the religious sisters, PWDs, women, and other people who serve others.

The same photo used by was also found on the GMA News article.

So, Cardinal Tagle did wash and kiss Bautista’s feet but he did the same for several other Catholic members on Maundy Thursday in 2016, not recently. It’s true, though, that Bautista sought Tagle for guidance amid the controversies he is dealing with, but there was no feet-kissing involved this time.

Here is a News5 report of the ceremony, where Bautista said that participating in the ceremony was appropriate for what the Comelec ought to do during the national elections, which was to serve the people.

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



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.

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



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

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.


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.

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



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 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.


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.

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