Duterte support pages on Facebook claimed that Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairman Chito Gascon said that President Rodrigo Duterte is guilty of genocide for the death of the members of the local terrorists Maute Group, but the statement is actually made up.
Facebook page “DU30 MEDIA Network” claimed that Gascon talked of genocide as a possible charge against Duterte for killing the members of the Maute Group. As of writing, the post has been shared over 4,000 times and reacted to 2,000 times.
Other Facebook pages also shared the same claim about Gascon, such as “Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa Supporters,” whose post gained almost 8,000 shares, “OFW GLOBAL MOVEMENT Supports President Rody Duterte,” “Pinoy Thinking,” and “Duterte News Report,” among other pages.
Most of the posts even come with a photo of Gascon on the set of GMA’s morning show Unang Hirit, being interviewed by hosts Winnie Monsod and Ivan Mayrina. While some posts had a disclaimer saying “This is not the actual photo,” others came out as fake memes with an accompanying fake statement. The photo was actually posted by Unang Hirit on June 7, 2016.
However, the CHR has debunked that alleged statement from Gascon is a fake one!
“Kumakalat sa social media itong larawan ni CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon na may kasamang pekeng pahayag. Ang Facebook posts na ito ay PEKE at ginawa upang LINLANGIN at LOKOHIN ang publiko,” CHR said in a Facebook post on May 31.
The statement said that Gascon did not make such a statement about the Marawi crisis and that CHR released its official statement on May 24 condemning the acts of the Maute Group.
“[CHR] condemns the recent attacks of terrorist groups in the southern city of Marawi in Mindanao. We are with the nation in praying for the safety of our sisters and brothers caught in the crossfire, as well as with our security forces on the ground ensuring the safety of our fellow Filipinos.”
— CHR Philippines (@chrgovph) May 24, 2017
And this is what Gascon had to say about the declaration of martial law in Mindanao:
“The President as Commander-in-Chief has vast powers to call out the armed forces to suppress rebellion and lawless violence. The courts and legislative bodies can serve to determine if the prerogative was appropriately exercised. Human rights should be upheld at all times and CHR will continue to monitor.”
CHR’s statement noted how the photo used was a June 2016 photo uploaded by Unang Hirit.
“Maging mapanuri sa mga nakikita at ibinabahagi sa social media. Tumulong sa pagsupil ng mga peke at mapanlinlang na impormasyon!” CHR said.
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