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Busted: Duterte binansagang pinakamagaling na president sa buong mundo? Korean news has no subtitles, was first posted in August 2016

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Some Duterte fan pages on Facebook are sharing a blog stories about how President Rodrigo Duterte has allegedly been named as the best president in the world. The post came with a thumbnail of an anchorman with Korean writings in the news ticker and it looked quite familiar. It turned out we already wrote an article about the Korean news report allegedly branding Duterte as the world’s best president, posing questions that we could not really be sure that it was what the Korean anchorman was talking about in the report.

Still, the story was shared several fan pages declaring support for the Dutertes, such as “Duterte OFW Supporters,” “President Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte for New Philippines,” “Sara Duterte Worldwide Supporters,” “Diehard Duterte Supporters,” “Duterte Phenomenon,” “President Duterte Astig Supporters,” “Duterte,” and “President Duterte Global Supporters,” among others.

However, we have already pointed out our doubts in our previous article about the MBC report citing Duterte that was first uploaded by the Korean TV and radio network company on August 1, 2016.

This time, blogs like pilipinasnews.info, pinasnewsportal.info, echonewsph.info, ptvbalita.info, socialcastph.info, dds-tambayan.info, among others, already shared the MBC report on a YouTube video with the title claiming that Duterte was indeed named as the best president of the world.

We checked MBC’s caption of the report with Google translate and this is what we got.

Facebook translated the caption to this:

The MBC report has no English subtitles but it showed photos of a congested jail in the Philippines, clips of the PNP drug operation and crime scenes of the killings, President Duterte voting in the 2016 elections, Duterte promising not to stop his drug campaign until the last drug lord is behind bars or “below the ground” during his 2016 SONA, and part of Duterte’s election campaign.

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Based on the comments, there were opposing reactions in the comments section, based on the translation provided by Facebook, with some sort of praising “awesome” Duterte, while some mentioned something about “human rights” and “innocent people.”

Here are the factors that cast a doubt over the claim that the Korean news report called Duterte the best president in August 2016, as what we’ve written previously:

  1. The Korean report has no subtitles.

We cannot confirm whether the Korean anchorman really said that Duterte was the world’s best president, as the blogs claimed. There are just so many ways to interpret a report that we could not understand.

  1. Even Koreans have divided reactions to the report.

Some seemed to be praising Duterte, while others mentioned something about “innocent people” and “human rights,” something that the opposition have also talked about when it comes to Duterte’s war on drugs.

  1. The Korean report first came out in August 2016.

Even if the Duterte fan pages just re-uploaded the blogs’ coverage of the MBC report in the first week of November, the MBC report was actually posted on Facebook on August 1, 2016. During this time, it was too early for anyone, including the Korean anchorman, to say that Duterte was the best president in the world when he was then only about a month into his administration on August 1, 2016.

According to Facebook search results, this was not the first time the story was uploaded on Facebook. It was also uploaded in March and April this year by some Duterte fan pages.

You can read more about our first article on this Korean news report here, “Busted: Korean reporter called Duterte “the best president of all time”? But Korean news has no subtitles.”

While it was understandable how Filipinos wanted to stay optimistic about the new administration, especially with Duterte’s campaign promises about stopping drugs and crimes in six months if he’d get elected, it was also wrong to deliberately exaggerate and mislead the people. We can praise Duterte’s achievements but call him out whenever he does something wrong.

In December 2016, Duterte asked to his deadline for his promise to end drugs and crimes to be extended for six more months. A few months later, in April 2017, he admitted to being wrong about his six-month deadline to stop the illegal drug trade.

This is not the first story allegedly praising Duterte’s leadership skills. There has been several fake stories about how Duterte was hailed to be the “best president.” There was one from a satirical site that called him as the “world’s best president” and another edited photo posted on Facebook calling Duterte as “the best president in the solar system,” something that some of the President’s supporters fell for, despite how obviously fake the story was.

Sources: ( rappler.com , inquirer.net , philstar.com )

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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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