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Busted: De Lima nagwawala at natatakot mapatawan ng bitay, nakiusap kay Pimentel? It’s misleading!



Senator Leila de Lima was said to have made a scene and felt scared due to concerns that she might get the death penalty so she begged Senate President Koko Pimentel. At least, this was what the headline was claiming.

Some Facebook pages have been sharing an article with the title, “De Lima nagwawala at natatakot mapatawan ng bitay nakiusap kay Sen Koko Pimentel.” These pages include “Sara Duterte Worldwide Supporters,” “President Duterte Astig Supporters,” “Pres. Rody Duterte ‘Partner for Change,’” “Ako Ang Media Ni Duterte,” “Duterte Saviours of Filipinos Today,” “Duterte Para sa Masa,” and more.

But when you open these articles, you will only find an over 13-minute long YouTube video that was first posted online on May 22, 2017.

The video was of Erwin Tulfo commenting on how de Lima wrote to Pimentel to request that she be allowed to attend Senate hearings, especially during the deliberation about the death penalty bill. He added that the lady senator might have been worried about possibly being the first one to get a death penalty once convicted from her drug charges. Tulfo said that de Lima might have wanted to be present during the death penalty bill deliberations so she could vote against it. He even said that if the capital punishment is restored, de Lima will be affected.


Tulfo also talked to Pimentel over the phone to ask him about the letter. The Senate President explained de Lima’s arguments in her letter to support her request to get out of prison and participate in voting for crucial bills – that some of her colleagues were granted furlough to attend birthdays or get out for personal reasons. Pimentel said that de Lima has a point, especially since despite being incarcerated, she is still a senator.

Asked what he thought about de Lima’s request, Pimentel said they needed more details, such as the dates of the furlough, what bills they would be voting on. When Tulfo prompted him that de Lima specified the death penalty bill, Pimentel said that the bill was not yet included in the Senate agenda.

In contrast to what Tulfo said earlier about de Lima probably getting the capital punishment if it gets restored and if she gets convicted, Pimentel said that she won’t get the death penalty.

“Hindi na. Ang ibig mong sabihin baka apektado siya doon sa death penalty kaya gusto niyang bumoto? Okay. Ang principle kasi sa batas natin, prospective. Ibig sabihin, kunyari, for example lang ha? Kunyari ang death penalty maging batas ng August 1, kunyari ha? August 1, 2017. Ang ibig sabihin noon, lahat ng krimen lang na punishable by death penalty na naganap after August 1. Iyon lang po ang puwedeng sentensyahan ng death penalty,” Pimentel explained.

Pimentel further said that de Lima was incarcerated in February 2017.

In May 2017, there were reports carrying details of de Lima’s letter to Pimentel.

“The minimum that I request is for an expression of support for my desire to occasionally be granted furlough by the court in charge of my detention, for purposes of voting on crucial landmark legislations, on a case-to-case basis,” she wrote in a letter to Pimentel dated May 11.

“This is not too much to ask, considering that I have not yet been stripped of my office, and no penalty has yet been imposed on me. At present, I am a mere detention prisoner in full possession of political and civil rights the exercise of which are limited only by the deprivation of my physical liberty, but not by the deprivation of rights which by law have not yet been denied me,” she added.

She then reasoned that other senators have been granted furloughs for personal reasons.

“If courts in the past granted furloughs to detailed Senators to attend birthdays—with one Senator having been given his liberty by the Supreme Court no less for a non-bailable crime—I do not think it is too much for the Senate to ask the court in charge of my detention to grand such a consideration, especially since it is not merely to go to a birthday party or for any personal reasons, but to attend to matters of legislation and sovereign representation. The Senate and your good office will not exactly be going out on a limb in supporting such a request,” she said.

“The fact remains that I am still a Senator of the Republic. It is only a question of whether you still consider me as one, to at least extend to me all the formalities of concern appropriate for a colleague who has found herself in unfortunate and most unjust circumstances,” she added.

“I earnestly pray that Your Honor, together with our colleagues, sincerely considers this request as my former friend, election client, and above all, as a fellow Senator elected by our people.”

But Pimentel chastised de Lima for making her letter to him public, accusing her of making the move for propaganda purposes.

“I did not know she wrote me a letter for propaganda purposes,” he said.

“I do not know now if she is serious with her letter’s substantive points of if they have been raised for propaganda purposes,” he added.

Pimentel said that he was still thinking about what to do with his colleague’s now public letter.

We finished watching the 13-minute video, but nowhere did Tulfo or Pimentel mention anything about de Lima making a scene as she “begged” Pimentel to help her get the Supreme Court’s approval for furlough to participate in the matters of legislation and in turn, fulfill her duties as a senator. The headline is clearly misleading and meant to rile her critics and bashers up.

Many of those who commented on the posts containing the misleading story have demanded for de Lima to receive the death penalty.

However, her critics’ and haters’ efforts won’t obviously pay off, no matter how much they wanted to have her hanged, based on Pimentel’s earlier explanation about the capital punishment not being applicable to de Lima’s case.

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Busted: Aquino nagalit dahil papalitan ang NAIA ng ‘Manila International Airport’? Misleading headline alert!



A headline claimed that former President Benigno Aquino III got angry over the move to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) into Manila International Airport.

The story bearing such headline was carried by and was shared by the Facebook page “Duterte Worldwide Supporters.” As of writing, the post has gotten over 1,000 shares.

Some netizens who commented on the post slammed Aquino over his alleged angry reaction to replacing the airport’s name.

However, the headline is misleading. If you click on the link, you will find a 3-minute YouTube video about a PTV News report on how lawyer Larry Gadon filed a petition before Congress to have NAIA’s name replaced.

This report was also picked up by GMA News, which tweeted about it in January 18, 2017.

It was also reported by the Philippine News Agency and published by the Philippine Canadian Inquirer on January 18, 2017.


“May petisyon kami na ginagawa, marami nang nakapirma. May mga nakausap na rin kaming congressmen na tutulong to change the name of NAIA back to MIA,” Gadon said of the petition.

He added that renaming NAIA back to its original name would help “shake off the jinx” that now comes with its reputation for being named the worst airport in the world and for being home to laglag-bala schemes.

The airport was renamed as NAIA in 1987 during the administration of the late President Corazon Aquino, whose husband, Ninoy, was shot to death at the tarmac when he descended from his plane upon arrival from the US.

Unlike what the headline claimed, no video, audio or article showed that the other Aquino president and Ninoy’s son reacted angrily to having his dad’s name stripped off the airport’s name. The headline is completely irrelevant to the article’s content, which meant that it was made just to get a rise out of the misled netizens.

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Busted: Unpaid EDSA protesters mobbed LP headquarters in QC? Fake news alert!



After the opposition staged a rally on February 25 for the celebration of the EDSA People Power Revolution, over 400 unpaid protesters allegedly mobbed the headquarters of the Liberal Party to demand payment for their participation in the protest, according to a certain blogspot.

This was how framed the story and even cited a certain Police Senior Inspector Napoleon Caguitla who noticed the crowd in front of the LP office at the Balay Expo Centro Building, EDSA corner McArthur Avenue, Araneta Center.

Caguitla was quoted saying, “Pinuntahan natin kung tungkol saan ang komusyon dahil wala namang naireport sa atin na may gagawing rally rito, at yun nga, napag-alaman natin na ang iilan pala sa mga kababayan natin dito ay nagtitipon para hingin diumano ang bayad sa kanilang pagrally noong sabado.”

A rally organizer allegedly said that a high-ranking LP member promised to pay them P1,000 but instead, paid only P150 and a burger.

Another protester said he and his family members are entitled to receiving P5,000 because they still came from Tarlac. He was quoted saying, “Nakitulog lang po kami sa terminal ng bus. Hindi kami makaalis dahil ni pamasahe wala kami. Wala nang umasikaso sa amin pagkatapos ng rally. Sana man lang bigyan nila kami kahit pamasahe at pambili ng bigas.”

However, (The Philippine Pride) is the same fake news site that carried made-up stories about actor Mark Anthony Fernandez getting two lady cops pregnant while he was in prison, the late Playboy founder donating $5 million to Duterte’s war on drugs, bishops telling President Duterte to leave the New People’s Army alone, the CHR calling the military’s surprise attack against the NPA a human rights violation, Robredo’s P6 million vacation house in Albay getting destroyed during Mayon Volcano’s eruption, and more.


In fact, is included in MemeBuster’s list of fake news sites to avoid this 2018.

A crowd of 400 people would have surely gotten other people’s attention, including that of cop Caguitla in the story. However, we could not find the cop’s quoted statement in other sources aside from that found on

Even the photo used was one taken from the NBC News article, ‘Obama Not Welcome’: Filipinos Protest Presidential Visit,” that was published on April 23, 2014.

There were also other fake stories before on how the LP paid protesters from Visayas and Mindanao for the September 21 rally, with one even claiming that the opposition rented Superferry ships to bring the protesters to Manila.

Despite the dubious nature of the story and its source, some Facebook pages and individual users still shared, further causing the misinformation to spread.

The Duterte-supportive page “Showbiz Government” shared it and its post got over 5,000 shares.

A Facebook user’s post also got almost 1,500 shares.

The misinformation worked, based on these comments.

But you can do something to stop spreading misinformation. If you see another story from the, you might want to think twice before taking it seriously and sharing it online. It would also help if you arm yourself with the easy tips on how to spot fake news.


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Busted: Agot Isidro did not say ‘habang tumatagal sa pwesto si Duterte, pabulok nang pabulok ang MRT’



Actress Agot Isidro found herself yet again as the subject of a fake story claiming that she slammed the MRT woes for getting worse and worse as President Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency moves forward.

But the vocal Duterte critic told the fake news makers to “stop putting words in my mouth.”

The article bearing the title “Habang Tumatagal sa Pwesto si Duterte, Pabulok Nang Pabulok Ang MRT – Agot Isidro” was posted by the website on February 26, 2018.


Isidro was said to have blasted Duterte for failing to solve the MRT problem within the promised six-month deadline, according to the article. She was quoted saying: “Yong six monthns nga na pangako niya sa drugs hindi nya nagawa e, eto pa kayang MRT na wala syang sinabi. Alam naman natin puro bunganga lang itong ating kasalukuyang gobyerno. Puro dada, puro kabastusan at insulto ang lumalabas sa mabahong bunganga pero wala namang nagawa (sic).”

She was also alleged to have joked, “habang tumatagal sa pwesto itong si Duterte, sa palala itong MRT. O di ba rhyme, parang childrens’ poen lang (sic).”

In her tweet on February 28, Isidro simply said, “I did not say this. #FakeNews.”

The fake post, though, has already been shared online, with it gaining 1,700 comments and 88 shares when shared to Facebook group “Marcos Loyalist and the page “Du30 Solid Supporters.”

This is not the first fake news about Isidro since she called Duterte a “psychopath.”

There were fake stories about her dating drug lords, the police finding P680 million in her house during a raid, and her being forced to check out of her Boracay hotel.


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