Busted: Does the UK Parliament endorse Duterte’s war on drugs? SATIRE ALERT!

Wow! The British Parliament endorses President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against drugs.

This is what various Facebook pages, especially Duterte fan pages, have been sharing online. They rejoiced over this most recent acknowledgment that Duterte’s methods work and the articles touting the same thing have been shared thousands of times over.

It seemed like these pages truly believed in the articles. Just look at their captions.

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We read the articles shared by these fan pages. They claimed that the British Parliament endorsed Duterte’s campaign against drugs on September 10 after “a series of debates and discussions.”

“The decision had undergone series of debates and discussions before the House finalized their stand regarding this matter. It was reported that the house considered the dreadful effects of drugs to the nation and its citizens which urged the Parliamentary house to end up with their decision,” the article on said.

Memebuster asked Google for help to verify this news, seeing as how this kind of development was not picked up by mainstream media.UK Parliament Endorse Duterte

We clicked the #1 ranked site,

The website did say the same thing that the Duterte blogs were talking about. But it also cited as its source.


UK Parliament Endorse Duterte

So, NO. The British Parliament did not do something like supporting Duterte’s war against drugs.

Discerning which articles are true and which ones are satire should have been a lesson we’ve learned by now after netizens have fallen for satirical articles over and over again. This should have taught us to be cautious in treading through social media and reading articles online. A simple Google search would have helped, but many of us often choose to simply click Share or comment on the articles, not caring to verify them. When will this kind of social media behavior stop?

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