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Busted: CBCP asked mom of 13-year-old victim of sexual abuse to forgive the priest? It’s FAKE news

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has allegedly asked the mother of the 13-year-old victim of attempted sexual abuse to forgive the priest, as per the story’s headline.

The story from philnewscourrier.blogspot.com was posted on Facebook on Saturday, July 29, and has already gone viral with over 17,000 shares, as of writing. It was also picked up by other blogs, such as thephilippinepolitics.com, internationallatestupdates.blogspot.com, and newspaperph.com.

On Facebook, it has spread further after it was shared by pages such as OFW GLOBAL MOVEMENT Supports President Rody Duterte, Atty. Rody R. Duterte Supporters, The Pandora’s Box, OFW GLOBAL MOVEMENT – Milan Italy Chapter, and more.

Even Abraham Purugganan, former President Gloria Arroyo’s adviser on special concerns, also shared the story.

According to philnewscourier.blogspot.com, CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas spoke in connection to the arrest of Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos when he was caught en route to a motel with a 13-year-old girl.

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Villegas was said to have said during his homily on Sunday, July 30: “As Christians, we are bound to forgive those who sin against us as we ask God to forgive our sins. So much so if the sin was not really committed.”

The article noted that while Villegas did not explicitly mention Msgr. Lagarejos, the archbishop reminded the mass-goers that even priests also commit sins and said, “No one is excuse for committing sins, even we priests are prone to commit mortal sins.”

The latter part of the article narrated the circumstances behind Lagarejos’ arrest in the evening of July 28 in front of Marikina City’s Blue Wave Mall during an entrapment operation targeting the 16-year-old pimp.

However, the story came from a less than reliable blogspot. We could not find any other report carrying the story that Villegas has asked the victim’s mother to forgive the arrested priest.

Archbishop Villegas’ friend also reached out to Memebuster to ask for help in debunking the fake news, which cited Villegas’ alleged homily on July 30. However, the archbishop denied making such a homily, calling the quoted statement an “invented quotation.”

Philnewscourier.blogspot.com has published several unconfirmed reports with statements that can be found on the blogspot alone. These include the stories about the Liberal Party’s plan to discuss the potential removal of Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Risa Hontiveros as allies; Trillanes’ plan to request Google and Facebook to delete his BBC interview which isn’t true because he even said himself that it was his ‘proudest moment’ in his public life; and CBCP’s statement allegedly agreeing to free the Maute parents in exchange for the freedom of the captive priest in Marawi City when the truth is the CBCP left the fate of the priest to the government.

Aside from the blogspot being an unreliable source of information, the CBCP, the organization Villegas is leading, has already announced on July 30 that it has suspended the priest and is investigating him for allegedly soliciting the services of a minor through another minor. The CBCP said that the probe will run parallel to the PNP’s human trafficking probe into the priest. It added that the investigation and suspension of Lagarejos would continue regardless of whether or not legal charges are filed against him. The probe will be conducted without requiring the priests’ cooperation because CBCP only needs witness testimonies.

When we checked philnewscourier.blogspot.com’s About Us page, we found out that they could not guarantee a 100% accuracy of every article published on their website and even urged their readers to be “responsible enough” before they read or share anything that they find on the Internet.

CBCP conducts probe

Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, who is leading the probe into the priest for CBCP, explained what will happen once the investigation is over.

“Kapag ang Simbahan ay nakita na talaga na merong pagkakamali, at saka talagang dapat parusahan ‘yung pari, ipinapadala sa Roma [ang resulta ng imbestigasyon]. ‘Pag parusa ng Simbahan ay iyong pagkapari mo, pagka-estadong pari mo, ay aalisin sayo,” Cruz said.

According to CBCP news, Lagarejos was relieved from his duties in Taytay, Rizal parish. Antipolo Bishop Francis De Leon, has also stripped him of all his positions in the diocese, including being the president of Cainta Catholic College.

The Antipolo diocese said that they will “respect the necessary procedures as provided by law in order to further investigate the matter.” It also called on the public to “refrain from issuing unnecessary comments that might worsen the situation” and appealed “for all the faithful to pray that the truth may come out.”

Reports said that the girl and her mother filed a complaint against Lagarejos a day before his arrest, not knowing at the time that he was a priest. The girl said that she went with the priest because she would get paid in return.

“The girl went with the priest because there was money involved. She said the priest paid her P2,500 per booking,” Marikina police chief Senior Supt. Roger Quesada told the Inquirer on July 30 via phone interview.

Lagarejos was later identified by his parishioners, some cops from Taytay.

The police has filed human trafficking charges against Lagarejos, who is now in detention, while the minors are in the custody of the DSWD.

Not the first fake news about CBCP

This is not the first fake article against CBCP. Earlier in July, there was another fake news about how the CBCP allegedly urged the Bulacan massacre victims’ kin to forgive and forget the suspect. The story came from the fake news site, Pinoy Observer, that is now claiming to be a satirical blog.

This caused Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to speak out against fake news makers, who said that basic human decency entails telling the truth.

“I think it is part of basic human decency to love the truth, and to abhor falsehood,” Tagle said in a press conference during the 4th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on July 4.

He added, “We all get hurt when there’s fake news about us. But why do we enjoy when we spread false news about other people?”

Tagle said he is all for being critical as long as the criticisms are based on the truth.

“So we should look back at ourselves. If we know that it’s not true, then why are we going to spread it?” he said.

Tagle did acknowledge the difficulty in distinguishing the truth from the lies.

“I myself don’t know what to do. What is know is that maybe it’s up to the conscience of every person to dictate what’s true or not,” he added.

Sources: ( mb.com.ph , inquirer.net , abs-cbn.com , gmanetwork.com , cbcpnews.net )

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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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