Several Duterte fan pages have posted articles claiming that President Rodrigo Duterte is now forced to go to US President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration in the US as he was announced as a special guest.
In fact, the post by “President Duterte Supporters Worldwide” even gained as many as 6,336 shares, 13,000 reactions, as of writing.
And many netizens truly fell for the article’s claims.
The same article was also shared by “Duterte Phenomenon”, “Duterte for Better Philippines,” “OFW Family,” and “Duterte Parallel Organization,” expressing how proud they are of President Duterte and how jealous the “Yellows” must be feeling right now.
According to the article from usa-radio.com, as several dignitaries are set to attend Trump’s inaugural ceremony in Washington on January 20, President Duterte was named as special guest of the President-elect of the US.
Local US media reports claim that Duterte has had a long-standing relationship with Donald Trump and had actually taken an important role in his business empire, said the article.
The article added that Duterte has confirmed that he managed to score tickets to the inauguration as given by Trump, so he can witness him be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday.
Earlier news reports state that “Andena,” probably referring to Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon shall attend the inauguration on behalf of the President; however, being appointed as special guest may be reason enough for Duterte himself to attend the ceremony.
In a previous article, we busted another hoax, still from usa-radio.com, claiming that Trump said he “needed” Duterte in his inauguration, warning off Andanar and Esperon not to attend the event in behalf of the Philippine president.
As included in the bust, Andanar had mentioned that the inauguration is considered to be a domestic affair and that heads of states did not need to attend. The Philippines representative shall be the ambassador or head of mission who is situated in Washington DC.
Regarding the invitation, Andandar had stated that there were invitation from friends in Washington D.C. but he did not disclose the identities of these friends nor was there any official news reporting that Trump had given Duterte an invitation, or in this case, tickets to the inauguration.
Furthermore, there were no credible reports about Trump naming Duterte a special guest in the ceremony and is requiring his personal attendance in the celebration.
In addition, if you look closely, the article had mentioned “Andena” when it was supposed to indicate Andanar. Lucky for them, they were able to name Esperon correctly.
As of present, Andanar and Esperon are the ones who will attend Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20. They already left for the US last Tuesday.
We also identified usa-radio.com as a source of several fake articles, some of which we’ve busted, such as Ramos testing positive for drugs, De Lima being the richest person in the Philippines, and ‘Times’ magazine ranking Duterte and Putin ahead of Obama in its 2016 Most Influential Presidents list.
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