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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: Richard Gomez shares fake news claiming Queen Elizabeth II called Duterte a brave man

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Actor and now Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez shared a fake story from an altervista blog claiming that British monarch Queen Elizabeth II called Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte a “brave man.”

Bearing the title, “Queen Elizabeth: Who Would Have Thought That One Day Philippines Will Get Such a Brave Man Like Duterte?” the blog noted that it was from the BBC Channel. However, the blog that published it was britana.altervista.org, which has also been suspended.

However, it should be noted that the blog that published the fake story was was britana.altervista.org, which is already suspended.

 

Gomez shared the post on Twitter on February 21 and it has since caught the attention of the netizens who called him out for sharing fake news.

MemeBuster already busted that story in November 2016. The story was then carried by bbc-channel.com, which is now inactive.

Read more about our story debunking the fake news here.

Several Twitter users called out Gomez for spreading fake news.

Someone urged him to be responsible in sharing news.

Others advised him to check the legitimacy of the news source before sharing.

Gomez was also slammed by netizens when he falsely claimed that the Centenarian Law was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. The said law was actually signed by former President Benigno Aquino III on June 13, 2016, a week before his term ended.

MemeBuster has listed bbc-channel.com as one of the fake news sites that used the trick of mimicking the URL of established media sources.

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Busted: Netizens hit Marcos fan page for old misleading meme about Trump allowing Filipinos visa-free entry to US

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In February 2017, fan page “Marcos Corner” posted a meme claiming that US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to allow Filipinos to enter America without a visa.

The meme even said, “Good news for Filipinos…! Thank you President Trump!”

At first look, you’d think the meme was a genuine screenshot from a CNN breaking news story announcing “President Trump signs executive order to allow Filipino citizens to enter America without a visa.”

The Marcos Corner’s admin wrote, “Salute US President.”

“If this is true…. Ayan mga kapwa ko Pinoy. Favor na sa inyo iyan…. #ThanksTrump,” the admin added in a Facebook post on February 10, 2017.

While Marcos Corner posted the meme in February last year, we noticed how it was revived just a few days ago. As of writing, the meme has been shared over 32,000 times. While many of the recent shares showed people being curious about whether the meme’s claim is true or not, some of them just shared the meme without saying anything, making more room for confusion.

There were commenters who rejoiced over the said news.

However, there were also many commenters who called out the Facebook page’s admin for spreading fake news and causing more confusion among the netizens.

The commenters above are right, though. This meme on Trump signing documents that were claimed to be an executive order to give Filipinos visa-free entry to the US is fake.

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MemeBuster has debunked that same photo before when it was first shared in February 2017 by various Facebook pages. We found out that the photo of Trump that was used was actually taken as a screenshot of the live coverage by CNN of the time when the American president signed an EO repealing Obamacare.

There has been no EO from Trump giving Filipinos visa-free entry to his country. In fact, it has been reported recently that Trump wanted to revive the campaign to limit immigrants from bringing their family to the US.

When confronted about the fake news the page “Marcos Corner” was spreading about the Trump and visa for Filipinos, the admin of the page defended themselves by pointing out how they included the phrase “if this is true.”

By including that phrase in their Facebook post, it showed that the admins of the Facebook page was not 100 percent sure about the information that they shared in the first place. And they were right to doubt it because Trump’s photo that was simply pushed online in the meme with misleading texts was really a fake.

Moreover, the list of 63 countries that offer visa-free access to Filipinos does not include the US.

The US’ visa waiver program that allows foreigners to travel to their country for business or tourism for as long as 90 days without getting a visa only includes 38 countries. The Philippines was not included in that list.

Sources: ( chicagotribune.comgmanetwork.com , ph.usembassy.gov )

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Busted: Trillanes nagsabing handa siyang mamatay katulad ni Ninoy Aquino para sa bansa? It’s a misleading headline!

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Pro-Duterte supporters mocked Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for allegedly saying that he is ready to die for our freedom.

Trillanes, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, has been the subject of harsh online comments by Duterte supporters.

In the link shared and commented by many of these supporters however, one will be directed to a prompt saying that the blog has been suspended for violations of community rules.

Websites could be flagged for a variety of reasons such as spammy contents, violence, pornography, and more commonly, inappropriate contents. Ever since the issue of online trolls and bashers hounded the Philippines, several websites have been flagged for posting contents that are meant only to direct users to a page despite the content being totally unrelated to the title.

The other article shared by topnewsph.info, which shares the same title proves to be nothing but a clickbait because the content talks about the meeting of President Duterte and the parents of slain teenager Kian Delos Santos.

Comments made by Duterte supporters range from mockery to direct threats. Name calling is also very noticeable in the comments. Some of the commenters called Trillanes a traitor. In the same breath, they compared Trillanes with slain former Sen. Aquino, whom they referred to as a traitor as well.


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The story was picked up by blogs with names such as duterte4.altervista.org, newsflow.tk, newsflow2017.blogspot.com, timenewsinformation.blogspot.com, newsprimeph.blogspot.com, politico.altervista.org, and more.

The posts were spread widely by different Facebook pages that support the president, such as “Pres. Duterte Community” and “Duterte for a Change,” and even by the page of the supporters of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, among others. Facebook page “Time News Information,” bearing President Duterte’s photo, also shared the story.

Some netizens shared the link to the story to Facebook groups such as “Marcos Loyalist” and “President Rody Duterte Facebook Army.”

But just like with the case with topnewsph.info, the content was not relevant to the headline at all.

If one would do a quick search, no reliable source quoted Trillanes for saying that he is prepared to die for the freedom of the country.

The post circulated at the height of the national call for justice for slain teenager Kian Delos Santos who was allegedly killed helplessly and brutally by members of Caloocan Police.

Trillanes visited the wake of Delos Santos and spoke to the parents of the 17-year-old. He condemned the brutal killing of the teen.

“Last year pa natin ipinagsisigawan na mali ito. Kung hindi pa sila nahuli ng CCTV camera at nag-alburuto pa yung mamamayan, tuloy-tuloy na ito at hindi ito hihinto,” he was quoted by ABS-CBN News.

The death of Delos Santos has been a big issue that also caught the interest of international media.

A senate hearing was also held to investigate the death of Delos Santos.

 

Source: ( ABS CBN News )

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