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Busted: Dionisia Pacquiao sells expensive jewelry and bag collection to help Marawi victims? It’s fake news!

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It has been two weeks since the story broke about how Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao, the mother of Senator Manny Pacquiao, sold expensive jewelry and collection of bags to help Marawi victims. Since then, the story has been shared almost 50,000 times, based on the figures of the Facebook search that we pulled up.

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Her alleged charitable act garnered the attention and praise of the netizens.

It turned out that the story was originally published by thephpride.blogspot.com (Pinoy Pride) on June 16.

The website has published several fake articles before. The story was shared even further after it was published by ourdailyrevelationsph.com, which previously copied a satirical article, without a proper disclaimer, from The Adobo Chronicles about Senator Antonio Trillanes IV planning to sue BBC after his controversial interview with Stephen Sackur.

According to Pinoy Pride, one of Mommy Dionisia’s relatives told them on June 16 that she has sold over a dozen pieces of jewelry and signature bags to help raise funds for the victims of the Marawi conflict. The said relative added that the proceeds from the sale of her expensive bags even reached at least P1.3 million after selling the items to the rich women in Sarangani. The article even specified the pieces sold, which include three necklaces, five watches, three bracelets, and several earrings and rings worth over P3 million pesos.

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The Pinoy Pride article also noted that the bags sold were Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s gifts, or pasalubong, for her after going abroad. And Mommy Dionisia’s alleged reason for selling her things? She reportedly said that she is old and no longer have time to use the signature bags and pieces of jewelry, which made her think that it would be better to sell them and use the funds to help others. She added that no one would inherit her collection anyway because her daughter, Isidra, is not interested in her collection.

At the end of the article, it noted how her senator-boxer son would donate his earnings from his match with the Australian boxer, Jeff Horn, to whom he lost. However, Meme Buster has already busted this claim, also from Pinoy Pride, as fake. The boxing champ-turned-legislator did not make that promise of donating 100% of his earnings from the Horn fight to the Marawi victims.

Just like the story about her son donating all of his earnings from the Horn fight to the Marawi victims, this story about Mommy Dionisia selling her expensive bags and jewelry to help the victims is not true!

While searching for the Pinoy Pride author cited in the website, a certain Levi Tanpinco, we found this June 20 Bombo Radyo article reporting that Mommy Dionisia denied selling her bags and jewelry, which were given to her by her son and his wife, Jinkee. According to the report, Mommy Dionisia said that her name was merely used in the fake article to sell the things that she was alleged to have been selling.

But the story, despite how fake it is and how suspicious the source of the article is, it circulated further when talent manager and entertainment news writer Lolit Solis posted about it on her Instagram on June 24.

Kahit ano pang sabihin mo, bongga si Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao ha. Nagbenta siya ng mga branded bag at mga alahas na umabot sa almost P 3M para ibigay sa mga sundalo natin sa Marawi. Ang ganda ng dahilan niya, matanda na siya at iyong mga babae niyang anak hindi mahilig sa alahas at branded bag. Naisip niya ito at walang panghihinayang na ginawa. May pinagmanahan nga si Papa Manny na napakabilis din tumulong sa may kailangan. Sa mga ganitong panahon dapat talaga natin suportahan mga sundalo nating lumalaban at nasasaktan, iba namamatay sa paglaban para tayo ay maging safe para hindi maranasan ng pamilya natin ang hirap. Nandun sila lumalaban, namamatay para sa atin para malaya at safe ang atin bayan. Ipinadama ni Mama Dionisia ang pagmamahal ng isang ina. Sana marami pa ang tumulong magdasal para sa matatapang natin sundalo, magpakita ng pagmamahal sa pamilya nila na nawalan ng tatay o nanay dahil sa Marawi. Thank You Mama Dionisia kaya pala ina ka ng Champion dahil isa kang mabuting ina. We love you at para sa ating matatapang na mga sundalo, we Salute you stay safe our heroes. salamat salamat. #lolitkulit #70naako #instatalk

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Her IG post was then picked up by Politiko Mindanao in their article, “Bongga! You’ll admire Mommy Dionisia for selling P3M worth of branded bags, jewelry from Pacquiao. Here’s why.”

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On top of this, we found out that the Philippine Star’s Pang-Masa website published the story on June 23, under the column of Ed de Leon in this article, “Walang binatbat ang mga artista’t pulitiko na nagyayabang sa social media Mommy D nagbenta ng branded bags, alahas para sa mga taga-Marawi.”

The source of this fake story, thephpride.blogspot.com, is the same blogspot that posted fake stories, such as Senator Antonio Trillanes being abandoned by the Zambales crowd, US and 17 other countries banning the ‘Marcos Martial Law: Never Again’ book,  and Senator Manny Pacquiao vowing to donate 100% of his earnings from his Horn match to the Marawi victims.

Its About page has this some sort of disclaimer about how the website is meant only for intelligent readers, but “not for gullible people.”

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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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