Political figures have remained a hot topic on social media. One of the recent viral hits on Facebook was a photo of Senator Leila de Lima with Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez, his daughter.
Facebook page “Ambag Bayan Central” taunted de Lima for being photographed with the mayor, who was linked to Herbert “Ampang” Colangco. They even captioned the photo with a famous line about friendships.
“Show me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are.”
Colangco is one of the top drug lords in Ozamiz City, who is now serving time in Bilibid. He was also recently tagged by Duterte as a member of a triad running the illegal drug trade in the Philippines.
On July 11, Parojinog admitted that his daughter, his vice mayor, is in a relationship with Colangco, something which he disapproves of. However, he denies having any business or family ties with the prisoner.
As of writing, the said photo of de Lima with the Parojinogs has gained 5,000 reactions and over 12,000 shares.
Most of the comments were crucifying de Lima for being linked with the controversial mayor and for being a drug protector.
But the surprising twist is that Duterte also had a photo with a smiling Parojinog and the president even showed a thumbs-up sign.
Well, let’s get back to that line thrown by the other Facebook page – “Show me who your friends are (or who you’re photographed with, in these two cases) and I’ll tell you who you are.”
The “Oras Na, Roxas Na” Facebook page captioned the photo with “Approved?”
“Kapag mga small time at mahihirap na suspects sa paggamit at pagtutulak ng droga patay agad,” said the caption, probably referring to the reported killings of alleged drug users and pushers.
“Pero kapag pinaghihinalaan na drug lord ay big time at makapangyarihan na kagaya ni Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, Sr. ng Ozamiz City, chummy chummy at may photo-op pa,” according to the caption.
Some of those who commented on the photo were out to defend Duterte, saying that this was before he became the president and had access to intelligence so he did not have any idea that Parojinog was suspected to be involved with illegal drugs.
So if Duterte’s supporters shared de Lima’s photo with the Parojinogs to imply that she is involved with illegal drugs, does that mean Duterte, having had a photo taken with Parojinog, is also linked to drugs? In these cases, it might not be best to read too much into a photo. Photo-ops are, at times, just photo-ops.
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‘Baduy’: Comelec spox calls out candidates imposing their face on Avenger images for campaign posters
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez called out barangay and SK election candidates who edit their faces onto the images of the Avengers.
Jimenez addressed the candidates through his Twitter account, where he said the candidates who use such tactic during the campaign period are “dumbing down the elections.”
He tweeted, “#BSKE2018 candidates who use campaign posters with their faces superimposed on the bodies of Avengers are dumbing down the elections. Paano yan? Kung sino na lang ang may pinaka-“cool” na poster, ganun?”
He even mentioned the risk that these candidates may be sued for copyright infringement.
“Ginagawa nyong bobo ang mga botante. Ma-copyright infringement sana kayo,” he continued.
In a separate tweet, Jimenez said that putting their faces on the bodies of the Avengers is definitely not a cool move but a “baduy” one.
“Oh, and btw, actually hindi cool yun ipapalit nyo yung mukha nyo sa mukha ng isang Avenger. Baduy yun,” he tweeted.
However, Jimenez said that the Comelec does not have the authority to ban the use of such campaign posters because it can already be considered as “content-based prior restraint.” He added that the poll body only has control over the size of the posters used and where they are displayed, which should be in the “common poster areas” previously determined by Comelec election officers.
The posters will only be deemed illegal “if it is posted outside of the common poster area,” Jimenez said.
But even then, there is an exception to the rule – “to display the materials on private property with the permission of the owner,” he added.
On April 11, Comelec released a resolution prohibiting campaign materials to be posted on trees, electrical wires, light posts, waiting sheds, schools, bridges, traffic signs, sidewalks, public shrines, barangay halls, airports, health centers, seaports, public transport terminals, trains and train stations, ambulances, government patrol cars, underpasses and overpasses, public announcement boards, and center islands.
According to Comelec Resolution No. 10294, candidates can only use posters that are up to 2 feet by 3 feet in dimension. Rally streamers should not be bigger than 3 feet by 8 feet and should be taken down right after the event.
The same resolution cited that “any and all election propaganda should bear and be identified by the reasonably legible or audible words ‘political advertisement paid for’ followed by true and correct name of the candidate, as well as the words ‘printed free of charge’ or ‘airtime for this broadcast was provided free of charge.”
The nine-day campaign period for the barangay and SK elections started at 12 a.m. on May 4 and will continue until May 12, two days before the election on May 14.
Busted: Meme about Hontiveros boasting about her accomplishments as senator is FAKE!
Paula Defensor Knack, the younger sister of the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, appeared to chastise Senator Risa Hontiveros, asking the latter what “accomplishment” she was talking about.
In a Facebook post on April 30, Knack said, “Ano raw? Ano accomplishment nya? Ayon sa CHR representative sa Netherlands, sinabi nya …….Rissa Hontiveros is helping REMOVE POPULAR APPROVAL FROM PRES. DUTERTE AS PART OF A MASS MOVEMENT & HE ALSO NAMED OTHERS. Anong goal nyan kung hindi oust the head of state?”
This was her reaction to a meme posted by the Facebook page “Favradio,” showing a photo of Hontiveros and these words in yellow font: “Sa maikling panahon bilang senadora.. marami na akong nagawa na ikauunlad ng Pilipinas at nang sambayanang Pilipino.”
Naturally, Hontiveros earned the ire of the netizens who slammed her for what she allegedly said, boasting about her accomplishments as a senator.
Name calling and curses were in abundance, of course.
Someone even brought up the fake news about how Hontiveros allegedly passed a bill wanting to color code MRT passengers and seemed to believe it.
Favradio’s meme post on April 29 even gained over 1,000 shares.
But Facebook page “Marcos Loyalist” shared the meme earlier on April 16.
However, the statement quoted in the meme that allegedly came from Hontiveros is fake. We could not find any other article carrying that statement from the lady senator.
It is even an erroneous meme that used “nang” before “sambayanang Pilipino” instead of “ng.”
It should also be noted that Favradio is quite fond of sharing fake news, such as these stories:
- Hontiveros wanting to raise the senior citizen age qualification to 65 years old
- De Lima saying she’s ready to die as a martyr
- Duterte rejecting SM’s Henry Sy private jet gift
- De Lima threatening Duterte if she becomes the next president
- Hontiveros filing a bill prohibiting tattoo exposure
- Bishop Soc Villegas telling Duterte to resign
The meme about Senator Hontiveros is one more fake news added to Favradio’s list of fake stories that we busted.
Busted: Meme about Vic Sotto defending Duterte supporters is FAKE
Eat Bulaga host and comedian Vic Sotto allegedly came to the defense of President Rodrigo Duterte’s supporters, based on a meme that was shared by a Duterte Facebook fan page. What’s worse is that it has received hundreds of shares and comments from netizens commending Sotto for what he allegedly said about the president’s supporters.
The meme said:
“Ano nga ika nyo? Ang mga supporters ni PDU30 ay mga walang isip at walang utak? Wowwww men.. Ikatalino mo na ang iyong pagputak ng pagputak? Puro ka reklamo sa gobyerno.. sa tingin mo sa katatalak mo makakmit natin ang pag-asenso? Bago mo husgahan ang ating Pangulo, ano nga ba ang nagawa mo? Dungis mo muna bro ang pahirin mo bago ang dungis ng ibang tao.”
It also bore Sotto’s photo.
The Duterte fan page “President Duterte Worldwide Supporters” even captioned it “Yesssssss!tama k Vic saludo ako sau kc imbes na tumulong para umunlad ang bansa natin namimintas pa ang anong klaseng pgiisip nmn yan mennnnmmmm!!!!”
And here are the comments that showed how netizens readily bought the statement in the meme as something that Sotto actually said.
However, one netizen was right to ask for a video of Sotto actually uttering the statement in the meme.
It’s just right to doubt the meme’s claim because it is totally untrue! Sotto never said those words.
If we were to look into the political endorsement Sotto made during the campaign for the May 2016 elections, he and his wife, Pauleen, endorsed the candidacies of Senator Grace Poe for President and Senator Francis Escudero for Vice President.
False memes were used during the campaign to fake endorsements for the different political candidates. It appeared that some people are still using the trick even after the election was over. In fact, this was way Meme Buster came to life – to bust memes and fake news and find the truth.
Source: ( politics.com.ph )
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