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Busted: CBCP refuses to donate drug rehab center? DSWD did not even ask them for a donation!

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An article circulating on Facebook claimed that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) refused to donate a small drug rehab facility despite owning P30-billion worth of BPI shares.

Showbiz Government shared that post.

CBCP Refuses Donate Drug Rehab Center

So did another Facebook fan page called Solid Rodrigo Duterte Fighters, which captioned its post with this: “CBCP doesn’t want to donate mainly because they only want to receive money from the people. They do not know how to give their blessings back!” The said post has earned over 2,000 shares, as of posting.

CBCP Refuses Donate Drug Rehab Center

The article was published by a blog called newsmediaph. It claimed that the Roman Catholic Church is mainly about collecting donations from its members, while refusing to use its wealth to help those in need.

The article further claimed that a top DSWD official revealed that the CBCP rejected the agency’s appeal for the church to “donate at least one drug rehabilitation center in CALABARZON.” The source reportedly claimed that the CBCP said it has no money and “is not a charity organization” so it cannot donate anything involving President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against drugs.

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The article also pointed out how the CBCP is the “eight biggest stock holder” of BPI with stocks worth P30 billion on top of stocks worth P55 million in other companies, such as Philex Petroleum, First Philippine Holdings, Central Azucarera de Tarlac, and Concrete Aggregates Corp.

The said source also revealed that DSWD asked the church to donate a “100-bed drug rehabilitation center in Batangas” with an estimated cost of P350,000 to P400,000.

The sources cited by News Media PH are itself and ABS CBN, although it was unable to provide a link to the latter.

We Googled the issue and the first article that popped up is definitely not from ABS-CBN. It was from OKD2 and other blogs also carried the same article.

CBCP Refuses Donate Drug Rehab Center

We checked OKD2 and it has exactly the same article, which was published on October 24.

We tried to verify OKD2’s claims but we could not find any report about DSWD asking the church to donate in the first place.

What we found, though, is an Inquirer report on July 12 about how the church offers counseling and spiritual direction in contribution to a drug user’s holistic intervention for rehab. The church admitted to not being equipped with the infrastructure for drug rehab, but it offered to provide counseling to the families of the drug users.

In a September 15 report from GMA News Online, the CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas called on drug users to surrender to the church to avoid getting killed. This was later clarified by the dean of San Beda’s Graduate School of Law, Fr. Ranhilio Aquino, who said that Villegas’ call was for drug dependents who are “willing to surrender but were afraid to ask the assistance of the Church that would see to their orderly surrender and at the same time the protection of their rights.”

While the part claiming that the CBCP has billions in stocks is true, that story about CBCP refusing to make a donation for a drug rehab center and DSWD asking the church to do it in the first place is totally made up. Seeing as how it was published by OKD2, this is enough cause to be suspicious. Just look at OKD2’s disclaimer and “About” page. This could easily be one of the “very rare cases” when the site publishes some fiction.

CBCP Refuses Donate Drug Rehab Center

CBCP Refuses Donate Drug Rehab Center

Sources: (newsinfo.inquirer.net, gmanetwork.com, rappler.com)

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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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