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Busted: Pro-Duterte FB pages urge followers to share ‘world’s strongest man’ video, but it’s actually ‘insulting’ Duterte

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Facebook pages that have been identified to be pro-Duterte shared an article claiming that President Rodrigo Duterte has been chosen as the “world’s strongest man. They also encouraged their followers to share the video, seemingly proud of what they thought to be another achievement of the President.

Pages such as “Kuya Erwin Tol,” “Todayinmanila Ph,” and “Rodrigo Duterte Lines,” shared the article, which has gained over 500 shares already from these pages alone, as of writing.

All three pages also used the same caption: “In The Weekly show with Charlie Pickering President Duterte was picked as the Worlds Strongest Man dahil sa walang takot nitong pagsugpo sa illegal na droga sa Pilipinas. Kahit sa ibang bansa ay kilala na ang ating Pangulo. Agree ba kayo sa sinabi niya? #SharePo.”

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But the article actually contained a YouTube clip showing an episode of the Australian satirical TV news program called “The Weekly,” as presented by comedian Charlie Pickering, on ABC.

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The six-minute video published on newsmediaph.com showed Duterte’s 2016 campaign video and how he was nicknamed “The Punisher” and his trait of speaking his mind, how he swore at Pope Francis and former US President Barack Obama. Pickering also showed a clip of how Duterte won a landslide victory in the Philippines by promising to fill Manila Bay with the bodies of thousands of criminals as he warned of more killings if he would win as the next president, with the reporter adding that in Duterte’s first three months, around 3,000 people have been killed.

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Pickering also noted how over “7,600 lives” have been lost when Duterte assumed office. He pointed out how you simply cannot go around executing people, something which was contrasted with another news clip about how Duterte himself said that he used to cruise the streets of Davao “looking for criminals to kill” and to show his men that if can “do it, why can’t you.”

To this, Pickering reacted by saying: “I don’t know if you’ve ever had a boss murder someone in front of you but let me tell you that the guys find it really motivating.”

The comedian also poked fun at how Duterte “compared” himself to Hitler when he said: “Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there are three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them.” He added how the UN said there are 1.6 million drug addicts in the Philippines, not 3 million, as Duterte has claimed, saying that the Philippine president must have “confused rounding up with rounding up.”

Even Duterte’s previous statement about how he would sign his own pardon to get away with “multiple murder” did not escape Pickering’s notice.

He also addressed how Duterte called the accidental killings of children during his drug was as “collateral damage” and how his administration’s next target is to lower minimum age of criminal liability (MACR) to 9.

Pickering also covered how the government handled over 700,000 drug surrenderees’ rehabilitation, which was partly done by requiring them to participate in a Sunday zumba session.

Despite all these, Pickering also addressed Duterte’s high approval rating.

“86 percent! An approval rating any politician would kill for and that Duterte has literally killed for,” he said.

Before concluding the segment, the comedian said that strong leaders do get results, as long as they are prepared to break a few rules, followed by a clip of Duterte jokingly saying: “In Davao, when I was mayor, that’s why look at Davao. It’s nice. Everyone is dead but it’s nice.”

We’re guessing the admins of the Facebook pages did not watch “The Weekly” segment’s video in its entirety. Otherwise, they would not have urged their followers to share the video, when it is actually insulting President Duterte.

Even some of the comments on the pages’ post about the satirical video pointed this out.

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Here’s the original “The Weekly” video clip featuring Duterte.

Sources: ( news.abs-cbn.com , manilatimes.net , theguardian.com , rappler.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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