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Busted: CHR slammed surprise military attack on NPA as blatant human rights violation? It’s fake news!

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The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) allegedly condemned the surprise attack by government forces on New People’s Army terrorists, according to a post by The Philippine Pride.

According to the post, the attack resulted to the death of 21 bandits and is considered by the Philippine government as the most successful military operation against the NPA under the Duterte administration. It also said that a certain Roberto Dulango, an alleged NPA member, was killed last May 4 while in police custody in Bohol, another incident that the CHR criticized.

The post further says that the CHR official, who refused to reveal his identity, wanted the military to have at least allowed the rebels finish their meals before the airstrike was conducted. The surprised bandits, allegedly left the camp hurriedly leaving their meals and other belongings while the military took over their camp.

But the source of all these claims is dubious, it being the phnewspride.blogspot.com. It has been featured here in MemeBuster for publishing fake stories like Mark Anthony Fernandez impregnating two lady cops while he was detained and Rep. Baguilat cancelling his Hong Kong trip after his aide was caught with ecstasy at NAIA.

Checking phnewspride.blogspot.com, it describes itself as a blog that is dedicated to Pinoys here and abroad. It can be noticed, however, that it started only in November last year.

An exact copy of the phnewspride.blogpost.com’s article was also posted in the thinkingpinoys.info but still it does not attribute or coincide with a reliable news source.

The thinkingpinoys.info post was shared by the “Duterte News Everywhere” Facebook page.

Other blogs, such as balita15.altervista.org, powerofduterte.com, netizenblogph.blogspot.com, radiohubph.info, philippine37tv.blogspot.pe, also carried the story. These blogs’ version of the story were further shared by individual Facebook users to groups such as “President Rody Duterte Facebook Army” and “Federalism Under Duterte Administration” and by Facebook pages “Duterte Supporters Worldwide,” “Filipinas Trending,” and “Budoy News.”

Page followers were quick to comment negatively against CHR headed by Commissioner Chito Gascon (not Chino as posted on the page).

Basing on the timeline that was given in the post, it could be deduced that it is fictional. Legitimate news sources have not reported any recent encounter of government forces and the NPA.

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The alleged NPA member Roberto Dulango that the post claims died in police custody last May 4 may also be fictional. There are no news stories from legitimate news sources in the Visayas or nationwide that discussed Dulango’s alleged death.

Franco Mabanta, who fell for another post by the phnewspride.blogspot.com in the past, has said that it is a satirical site. A satire is a literary work that uses irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, and the like.

The quote used in the post clearly demonstrates a ridiculous situation where warring parties have to warn each other of their attacks.

If you Google that quote in the article, you’d only find it published in blogs but not in more established sources.

The CHR has been a subject of attacks by Duterte supporters for allegedly siding with criminals instead of the victims. It could be remembered that CHR was given a P1,000 budget by the House of Representatives during the deliberations for the 2018 budget last year.

However, Duterte supporters need to be reminded that the CHR is a commission mandated to “protect the rights of the people from abuse by state agents such as the government, police and the military. The CHR is mandated to ensure that the government will not abuse and violate its duty to protect the primary rights of the people”. You can check out this infographic that distinguishes the duties of the CHR and the Philippine National Police here.

Gascon himself has been the subject of several fake stories, some of which MemeBuster has debunked. There were made-up stories about him wanting to protect Maute Group’s human rights, a story that came from a satirical site and him saying President Duterte can be charged with genocide for killing Maute terrorists. President Duterte himself made a false statement when he remarked that Gascon is not a lawyer, when the CHR chairman even got a master’s degree in law abroad.

 

Sources: PhilStar

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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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