Raymond Fortun posted on Facebook on Wednesday, July 6, saying that President Rodrigo Duterte violated the top police officers’ Constitutional rights when he publicly named them as cops who were involved in illegal drug trade and ordered to have them relieved of their posts.
“Oo nga naman. You just violated their Constitutional rights, that’s all,” Fortun said in his post.
“Wala pa ngang trial or even a single case filed, but now they are guilty until proven innocent,” Fortun further explained.
Fortun also hit Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo and his ability as a lawyer when he said, “Now we know where Pres. DU30 is getting poor legal advice from.”
He also issued a challenge to his San Beda Law students.
“P.S. I challenge all my former students in San Beda Law to say that I’m wrong,” Fortun added.
As of writing, his Facebook post has earned around 1,800 reactions and 512 shares.
When one commenter defended Duterte by citing how Duterte is a lawyer himself, Fortun also pointed one thing out.
“Mam, do all policemen know the rules of engagement and/or follow them? Do all accountants know our country’s tax laws? From ur answers to those questions, you can get your answer to your own,” Fortun wrote.
It’s worth noting that Duterte himself has cited the same fact, that he’s a lawyer and former prosecutor, his inaugural speech when he said, “As a lawyer and a former prosecutor, I know the limits of the power and authority of the president. I know what is legal and what is not. My adherence to due process and the rule of law is uncompromising.”
Another commenter said that Duterte would not have announced the names publicly without probable cause and how helpless everyone felt with the rampant corruption and crimes in the country.
Fortun replied by saying, “I am 100% against drugs. I do not have a single speck of illegal substance in my body. I would like to believe that the President has basis. So… Where is the evidence? If your boss calls you a thief in front of the entire department at your work, would you not say, “you call me a thief but you haven’t even shown me proof!” I fully support the President on his campaign against drugs, but he should follow BASIC rules of fair play. It is easy to understand what I mean if you simply place yourself in the same situation as the 5 generals who are now convicted in the eyes of the public without even an investigation, much less a fair trial.”
Fortun also emphasized the essence of the Bill of Rights when he said this to one of his commenters.
“That is why due process is the highest fundamental right in our Bill of Rights – that one is informed of the nature of the charge against him and is given the chance to defend himself before an impartial tribunal. Right now, they have been convicted before the eyes of the public, and yet, we do not know the details of why they have been so convicted,” he wrote.
Debate is ongoing in Fortun’s comment section.
Fortun’s Facebook post came after Panelo’s when he said that Duterte, as a lawyer and former prosecutor, knows his legal limits and did not violate the law.
“There is no violation of any law. In fact, magpasalamat sila kasi kung tsinismis ka lang wala kang pagkakataon na ipaglaban ang sarili mo,” he told ABS-CBN News.
Panelo also denied that Duterte subjected them to “trial by publicity,” as what Senator Gringo Honasan earlier said.
“Hindi totoo ang trial by publicity. [It] will come only when may inakusahan ka at ang media concentrate on the accusation at ‘di mo pinagbigyan ang kabila to air their side,” Panelo said.
Duterte named five police officers, including two retirees, allegedly protecting drug syndicates in the Philippines during his speech on the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Tuesday, July 5. He named former Deputy Director-General Marcelo Garbo Jr., retired Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot, Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz, Director Joel Pagdilao, and Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio.
For Fortun, Duterte’s action violated the cops’ Constitutional rights to due process for naming them in public without filing a case first. As he said in response to one of his commenters, Duterte violated the police officers’ right to due process.
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Busted: Sanofi Pasteur R&D revealed they used embalming chemicals in making Dengvaxia? It’s a made-up story!
Sanofi Pasteur’s lead researcher allegedly made a shocking revelation about how three chemicals used in making the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia are used for embalming,
Naturally, the netizens were shocked and angered by the ‘revelation’ in the articles published by Okd2.com and other sites have. They reacted the same way when the story was shared by Facebook pages “WBP We Blog Ph” and “Okd2.”
But the Okd2 story “Sanofi Pasteur Releases Another Shocking Revelation About Dengvaxia” was actually classified as “Humor & Satire,” which meant that it should not be taken seriously.
The website talked about how the lawmakers grilled Sanofi Pasteur Asia Pacific head Thomas Triomphe, after which the company’s Research and Development director and lead researcher Bernard Dubois revealed to Agence France-Presse that Dengvaxia contains chemicals used for embalming, such as formaldehyde, ethanol, and glutaraldehyde.
Dubois was quoted saying the following:
“These solvents are necessary to make dengvaxia more stable and can be stored in long durations.”
“Dead people who have taken dengvaxia vaccine when they were still alive may not need to get embalmed as the chemicals will only become stronger inside their body once they are dead. This may not happen otherwise for people who have strong immune system.”
Dubois allegedly said that Sanofi observed how 68 of the 89 dead bodies of vaccinated children in Nigeria did not decompose after five days. He was said to have added that despite Dengvaxia’s license, it still requires more research, especially where its side effects and stability are concerned.
Some netizens seemed to have bought the story.
But Sanofi Pasteur or any of their executives did not make any statement about Dengvaxia containing embalming chemicals or how Nigerian kids’ corpses were studied for side effects after they were vaccinated. Okd2 meant the story to be “satirical” and those statements allegedly uttered by the pharmaceutical company’s lead researcher were all made-up.
Nigeria was not even one of the countries that approved Dengvaxia. The vaccine was approved in 11 countries, including Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Brazil, Paraguay, Costa Rica, and Peru.
In the Senate hearing on Dengvaxia on December 13, Triomphe was made to apologize for the “confusion” created by Sanofi’s advisory.
“I am sorry if this has created confusion, and this is why I would like to clarify… to make sure that people can understand that there is no need to panic,” Triomphe said.
Busted: Trillanes’ wife DID NOT beat him for spending time with De Lima but netizens still bought this LIE!
Marcos Facebook fan page “Kilusang Bagong Lipunan” has shared yet another fake story claiming that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV was beaten by his wife for allegedly getting involved with Senator Leila De Lima.
In its caption, the fan page seemed to believe in the lie claimed by the story and wanted its followers to do the same too as it said: “Tatoo ba eto si Trilliones binanatan ng asawa niya dahil pinaghihinalaan may relation sila ni Delima. Aba ang saba may bagong papa ang maingay na aso ng yellow zombies.”
And the fan page succeeded, based on the comments on the post and the fact that it has been shared over 1,200 times.
It is easy to tell just how fake this story is by just looking at its source, the fake news site thet1mes.com.
Trillanes was said to have been nursing injuries after the beating he received from his wife on February 19. At least the article got the name of the senator’s wife right, Arlene Orejana. However, the rest of the story was made up, as it claimed that the wife accused Trillanes of “infidelity,” leading her to assault him in their home in Caloocan City. The couple was then said to have gone to the Caloocan City Police Station claiming injuries, although the case was transferred to the Manila police station. The domestic scuffle was said to have been under investigation.
There are no reports about Trillanes being assaulted by his wife. It is all a product of the imagination of the people behind the hoax-making website thet1mes.com.
Meme Buster has debunked a lot of hoaxes from the said site, including stories about Queen Elizabeth II hinting that former US President Barack Obama is scared of Duterte, former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton criticizing De Lima, Russian President Vladimir Putin telling human rights group to ‘keep off PH affair,’ and more.
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Busted: Netizen debunks claim of Marcos gold reserves and how his supporters claimed it isn’t ill-gotten wealth
Facebook page “Bring back the glory of our nation. Ferdinand Marcos JR for President” claimed that the Philippines is one of the richest countries in the world and shared an article sharing a “shocking fact” about the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ gold reserves.
The link that was shared led us to a blog site, sangkayrealnews, which told what it claimed to be the real story about the Marcos gold – that it is not ill-gotten wealth. Marcos allegedly earned it because as a young lawyer.
Prince Julian Macleod Tallano, a member of the Filipino royal family, allegedly lent 640,000 metric tons of gold to Pope Pius XII in 1934. It was then returned to the Philippines after World War II and Marcos allegedly helped in the transaction, earning him a 30% commission worth 192,000 tons of gold, estimated to be $4 trillion in 2006. The gold was deposited to the newly founded Central Bank with a lease that would expire on December 31, 2005. The Tallano clan said to have entrusted their gold to a certain Fr. Jose Antonio Diaz, who hired Marcos.
Upon the gold’s return to the Philippines from the Vatican, it was even said to have been received by then Congressman Manuel Acuna Roxas, Bishop Enrique Sobrepena, and Atty. Lorenzo Tañada.
To cut the story short, it claimed that after Diaz died in 1974, all 30% of the commission became the Marcos gold. But on top of that, the story also claimed that the Philippine government has failed to acknowledge the existence of the gold and have kept it a secret from the Filipino people.
We also found another story about the Marcos gold, this time, it was shared by another Marcos fan page, “Kilusang Bagong Lipunan.”
The link contained a short YouTube video entitled “MUST WATCH: Shocking Fact About the Gold Reserves of Ferdinand Marcos Revealed!”
The video is merely a narration about how Marcos has tons of gold from the Tallano stash, how the Philippines would become one of the richest countries in the world if the gold currency is revived. A certain Karen Hudes was also mentioned and how former US President George W. Bush said that the Philippines is the richest country in the world, “with a clear smile on his face.”
We looked for other videos about Hudes and Marcos gold and stumbled upon one that is almost an hour and a half long.
Based on the introduction made about her by a Nexus Magazine editor, Hudes claimed to have worked for the World Bank as a legal counsel from 1996 to 2007, but was fired from her job after she reported about the takeover in the national bank in the Philippines.
It should be noted that Nexus Magazine, an Australian based bi-monthly magazine that covers alternative news, something that the “mainstream media choose to ignore.”
According to Hudes, the world has 1,750,000 metric tons.
Where is it now? This is what Hudes had to say during a glimpse of the first five minutes of the video:
“It’s in a special trust account that was setup by Ferdinand Marcos. He was doing this as a young lawyer for Jose Rizal, who had been in the Vatican for many years. Jose Rizal was the son of Prince Tallano, who was a twin of Queen Victoria. The royals have kept the world’s gold for themselves and then it was stolen from them by the banks. And what happened is Prince, uh, Jose Rizal didn’t like what he saw at the Vatican and so he came back to the Philippines with the Vatican’s gold. Vatican sent the gold to the Philippines for safekeeping and what Jose Rizal did was he locked that gold up in a trust account for 50 years. And the thing about a trust account for 50 years is if you say you own something and you haven’t managed to get control of it, after 50 years, you’ve lost it under something called the statute of limitations. So that gold went into hiding for 50 years and those 50 years ended in 2005 but we didn’t manage to get our gold out and the reason why is because the banks refused. The man who’s the authorized signature authority, you’ll see a little clip of him, that’s Wolfgang Struck, he kept writing to the banks, saying I have the right to withdraw the money. I have the right to find out how much money it is now because it’s been accruing interest and the banks wouldn’t give him the time of day…”
And her lecture continues with over an hour.
However, if you know your history, you’d know how impossible it is for Ferdinand Marcos to serve as lawyer for Jose Rizal, who died on December 30, 1896, when Marcos wasn’t even born yet. The late dictator was born on September 11, 1917.
Hudes also claimed that Rizal had the gold locked up for 50 years, a lease that was said to have expired in 2005. But how could Rizal have set up that lease when he died in 1896? If the expiry was set in 2005, then the lease should have been set up in 1955!
But netizen Bernard Ong has a response to all of these claims about the Marcos gold. He said there was no Maharlika, no Vatican loan, not enough ships and trucks for gold shipment, no Hitler gold for Yamashita, no Southeast Asian gold, no legitimate Marcos gold, not enough gold in the world, but yes, Marcos did steal from the Filipinos.
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