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Busted: Reports about death penalty for Chinese, PH prisoners as retribution are MISLEADING!  

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Articles claiming that three Filipino prisoners in PH were sentenced to death in retribution for nabbing Chinese drug lords in the Philippines have been shared online. This one article was posted on a blog bearing President Rodrigo Duterte’s famous moniker, DU30, and showcasing content about Duterte and his family.

The article title says, “3 Pinoy Bibitayin sa China Bilang Ganti sa Paghuli Ng Mga Chinese Druglord Dito Sa Pilipinas.”Death Penalty for 3 Chinese

It makes it seem as though the Filipino prisoners were still to be executed in China and the article was obviously posted on July 2016, based on the URL.

The accompanying article claims that two women and one man were sentenced to die by the Chinese Supreme People Court (SPC) in China, as reported by the Department of Foreign Affairs. DFA did not name the Filipino prisoners, but gave details that they were all caught with carrying heroin in 2008.

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However, the video used in the blog showed that the said Filipino prisoners in China were already executed and their families were left grieving after their death. The clip also revealed the prisoners to be Sally Villanueva, Elizabeth Batain, and Ramon Credo.

 

But if you look these three names up on Google, these three Filipinos were executed in the morning of March 30, 2011 in China, according to this ABS-CBN report.

This alone is enough to discredit the above blog’s claim that three Filipinos were about to be subjected to the death penalty as China’s way to retaliate for Filipinos imprisoning Chinese drug lords.

But another proof just how ludicrous the blog’s claim is that even the Chinese embassy released a statement about its firm stance against illegal drugs.

“Illicit drugs are common enemy of the mankind. Fighting against all drug-related crimes is shared responsibility of all countries in the world,” said Chinese embassy spokesperson Li Lingxao.

This statement came after a Chinese woman was nabbed at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport for carrying P6-million worth of shabu on July 20.

The embassy added, “President Rodrigo Duterte has taken it as a top priority in cracking down drug-related crimes. China has expressed explicitly to the new administration China’s willingness for effective cooperation in this regard, and would like to work out a specific plan of action with the Philippine side.”

3 Chinese drug lords to be sentenced to death in PH?

As if that recycled story about the execution of three Filipinos in China wasn’t enough, another blog has come out with what seem like the opposite version, wherein this time, Chinese drug lords are the ones sentenced to die as retribution for those Filipinos’ death.

3 Chinese Druglords Bibitayin Sa Pilipinas Bilang Ganti sa 3 Pinoy Na Binitay sa China

The title says, “3 Chinese Druglords Bibitayin Sa Pilipinas Bilang Ganti sa 3 Pinoy Na Binitay sa China!”

Even those who commented on the Facebook post sharing the article noticed just how wrong the title is if the death penalty was given as an act of retribution, not as mandated by the law.

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This is not the first time that blogs and netizens claimed of wielding death penalty to punish criminals. Meme Buster busted an article about Duterte approving death penalty, when the bill for the capital punishment was yet to be filed.

The death penalty is currently abolished in the Philippines, with the last two to be executed being rapists Leo Echegaray and Alex Bartolome in 1999 and 2000, respectively, during former President Joseph Estrada’s administration. However, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed RA 9346, abolishing the death penalty, in 2006, a few days before her visit to the Vatican and then Pope Benedict XVI.

However, Duterte’s administration has been pushing for the reinstatement of the death penalty to fight heinous crimes and drugs. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said that Malacañang hopes that the election of Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. as Senate President and Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker of the 17th Congress, will “expeditiously” address Duterte’s priority bills, including the death penalty.

Senator Leila de Lima, however, said that she will file a qualified reclusion perpetua bill, which she dubbed as an ‘antidote’ to the death penalty, as Rappler reported. Despite the hard work in store for her in the fight to stop the reimposition of the death penalty, the senator said that she will ask for help from other anti-death penalty advocates in the Philippines and abroad.

No matter how many articles the blogs post about death penalty for this or that prisoner, it does not erase the fact that the Philippines is currently not imposing death penalty. There is absolutely no truth to Chinese drug lords being currently sentenced to death in the Philippines to retaliate against China and that report about Filipino executions in China was a recycled one from 2011. But with the Duterte administration’s determination to push for death penalty, these netizens who are always keen on sharing false reports about the capital punishment might just get what they want in the years to come.

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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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