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Busted: Duterte warned George Soros about bounty on his head in PH? Story came from a fake news site

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Some articles popped on social media bearing claiming that President Rodrigo Duterte warned American business magnate, investor and philanthropist George Soros that he has a bounty on his head in the Philippines.

The article was shared by Facebook users Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Baxter Dmitry. Their Adl-Tabatabai even shared the article to the Facebook group “President Rody Duterte-Feederal Movement International.” Both users’ posts gained hundreds of shares.

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We even found who seemed to be a Thai Facebook user who shared the story, too.

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We later found out that both Ald-Tabatabai and Dmitry were connected to the main blog that carried the story, yournewswire.com.

Duterte warned George Soros

According to yournewswire.com, Soros cancelled his ‘humanitarian visit’ to the Philippines after getting a warning from President Duterte about a ‘bounty’ on his head in the country.

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Dated May 6, the article further claimed that Duterte fired a warning at Soros a week after the House of Representatives approved the proposal for the reinstatement of the death penalty. The President allegedly told Soros: “There is a special place in hell for you, idiot. Set one foot in this country and my duty is to make you go straight there.”

Yournewswire.com also said that Duterte and Soros have been engaged in a war of words for years, as Duterte accused Soros of destabilizing Asian democracies and financing editorial pieces against him. The Philippine president hit the Human Rights Watch for getting a $100 million grant from Soros.

While it is true that President Duterte did point to the Americans and the Soros-funded HRW for attacking him with daily editorials in November 2016, we found several errors and unverified statements in yournewswire.com’s story.

First, the House approved the death penalty bill on its third and final reading last March 8, so the May 6 article was wrong in claiming that the approval of the bill happened the previous week before the article was published.

Second, we couldn’t find any article about Soros’ supposed “humanitarian visit” to the Philippines, so it is likely another error, a deliberate one, on the part of yournewswire.com.

Third, the article’s claim about Duterte and Soros’ war of words that lasted for years is untrue. Duterte rose to the presidency on June 30, 2016 and it was only in November 2016 when he pointed to Soros and Fil-Am civic leader Loida Nicolas-Lewis as two of the people behind the plans to oust him and attack him through editorial pieces. Soros didn’t respond to Duterte at all, so it cannot qualify for a “war of words” that occurred for years.

Fourth, we could not find other credible media sites carrying the story about Duterte’s supposed warning to Soros about a bounty on his head. We only found it published on yournewswire.com and the other blogs that copied the story from the said website.

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Meme Buster researched more about yournewswire.com and found several articles from the hoax-busting website snopes.com debunking the fake stories and hoaxes published by yournewswire.com. Snopes debunked the stories from yournewswire.com, such as Bernie Sanders Suggests Election Is Rigged, Unendorses Hillary Clinton and Russia Has Amassed Troops to Surround the U.S. Borders.

We also found yournewswire.com as one of the websites noted to be fake by CBS News in its article, “Don’t get fooled by these fake news sites.”

No wonder the website was quite careless in making its claims about Duterte giving a warning about a bounty on Soros’ head. It’s clear now that yournewswire.com cannot be trusted for having published several fake stories before.

Sources: ( rappler.com , politics.com.ph , philstar.com , reuters.com , snopes.com , cbsnews.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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