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Read how Ed Lingao usually #burns, shuts down people through FB posts, comments



Aside from tackling what he called as meme-dependent Marcos supporters, veteran journalist and TV news anchor Ed Lingao has also tackled a lot of attacks from other Facebook users whenever he writes a critical post. The most recent tiff with Erwin and Ben Tulfo over Erwin’s cussing at Senator Risa Hontiveros due to a fake meme, causing the Tulfos’ supporters to bash Lingao. However, Lingao proved to be quite an expert in shutting down commenters.


We compiled Lingao’s most epic #burn comments based on the issues he reacted to in his Facebook posts.

On Duterte’s rape joke

On May 27, Lingao took to Facebook to comment on President Rodrigo Duterte’s rape joke and throw shade at people who are fond of calling the Philippine media ‘bobo’ and ‘bayaran.’

“The troops I know would feel deeply insulted by remarks or “assurances” like these. They are professionals who take pride in their flag and in their profession. They fight so that others may live; they do not rape so that others may take the blame,” Lingao wrote.

He later edited his post to warn his followers about the “fascinating” comments section, which he described as a display of some Facebook users’ “failure of intelligence.”

“Alam mo ba talaga ang ibig sabihin ng freedom of expression o nagmamarunong ka rin lang?”

“Yan ba ang idea mo ng hi morale?”

“Dun ka hijo sa wall mo magpakat*nga.”

“Bago po umikot, ikot isip muna.”

“Come back to me when you’ve grown a brain and balls.”

“Hanggang fb lang ba talaga ang brain cells mo hijo?”

“You have no right to ask her if she wants to be raped.”

“Intelligence failure lolz”

“Diyan ka magaling, mgbulag bulagan basta ayaw pagusapan.”

“Para saan ang brain cells mo hijo?”

“Kayo po ata yung umepal sa wall ko.”

“Nabilib naman ako sa tapang mo hijo.”

On Erwin Tulfo and the fake meme

Lingao received even more bashing due to his June 16 Facebook post, when he called out Erwin Tulfo for slamming Hontiveros over what turned out to be a fake meme.

“But to complicate things even more, it turns out that the radio anchor was reacting to fake news. Yes, fake news! The anchor insisted that he verified the story after watching (napanood) a transcript of the interview. Since no one really watches transcripts, there is a strong possibility that he saw a fake meme with a fake quote,” Lingao wrote.

He wrote another post on June 17 as a collective message to his bashers.

“Huwag kayong malungkot, bukas ko na kayo babarahin para sulit naman ang sagot ko. Tutal, pare-pareho naman ang mga hirit ninyo, may common theme. Parang nag briefing o workshop muna kay Idol. Isa pa, sigurado ako na may second shift na mag ti-time-in ngayong gabi,” Lingao said.

The next day, June 18, Lingao responded to Erwin Tulfo’s Facebook Live, still over the issue of the fake meme and he burned Tulfo.

“… epitomee ang pag pronounce ha, hindi epitowm. Di mo madadaan yan sa slang accent,” Lingao corrected Tulfo’s pronunciation.

“You cry for propriety. Dapat kinausap man lang kita. Huh? You, the epitome (epitomee) of propriety (sarcasm) should be accorded respect! Teka, saan galing ang ideya mo na yan na kailangan kumatok muna ako sa iyo? Ano ka, si God?” he added.

“Sabi mo sinasabi ko na magnanakaw si Bongbong. Uhm, hindi ko rin sinabi yun hijo. Kaunting hiya naman diyan,” Lingao told Tulfo.

And Lingao even used “may gahd!”

“At nabighani ako sa pahayag mo na di ako marunong magsulat. May Gahd! Sinabihan ako ni Idol na hindi ako marunong magsulat! Siguro dapat din akong gumaya sa iyo, na umaasa sa writer at segment producer para makabuo ng storya, na kahit nasa abroad ay may nagproproduce, nagcocover, at nagsusulat ng script sa Pinas para lang ipa voice over sa iyo sa abroad? Di bale, balang araw, idol, maabot ko rin ang bilang ng followers mo haha,” he wrote.

“Matindi ka talaga. Ano ito, pakapalan lang ng mukha? Kung yun lang, panalo ka na,” he added.

On Ben Tulfo

When Lingao turned his attention to Ben Tulfo, his followers know how much of an expert he is when it comes to roasting people. Here are some examples:

He urged Ben Tulfo to read when he said, “Magbasa ng mabuti, kahit dahan dahan.”

And he name-dropped TV host Willie Revillame: “Kasi kung paramihan lang ng followers, aba e gawin na nating news anchor si Willie Revillame. Hmmm?”

He slammed Ben for his fondness for using props.

“Pero hijo, yung mga okasyon na pinag susuotan mo ng bullet proof vest, talagang balak mong ikumpara sa mga pinagdaanan ko? Eh kung may tatawaging mahilig sa props, baka ikaw yun.”

Of course, Lingao didn’t miss ‘pulborize.”

“I will “pulborize” you! Ano gagamitin mo, pulburon? Slang ka pa dyan.”

On Mocha Uson                           

On June 21, he reminded Communications Asec. Mocha Uson   not to defend fake news.

“Pangalawa, at mas mahalaga, Assistant Secretary ka na sa Malacanang. Opisyal ka na ng gobyerno, at hindi isang simpleng blogger na nagpipilit maging kapalit ng media. Wala ka nang excuse,” he said.

He also urged Uson to ask for help from the PCOO staff to fact-check what he said over Lingao and the fake meme about Hontiveros and the Maute Group.

Lingao also responded to some of the commenters on this post.

“Ano raw?”

And he never lets go of netizens wishing for him to die.

On the Baste Duterte fan page

When a Facebook fan page wrote an open letter to Lingao, the veteran journalist decided to let the page’s admin taste his brand of #burning comments that had netizens saying “sunog! sunog!”

The “duh” says it all.

“Medyo malabnaw naman kung hanggang dun ka lang diba? Also, your assertion is tantamount to saying no one has the right to be critical. Oh, except for you. Uhm. Duh”

On TV5’s disciplinary action on the Lingao-Tulfo quarrel

On June 30, TV5, the network that employed Lingao and Erwin Tulfo, was reported to have taken a disciplinary action against the two.

On the exchange of words between the two TV5 talents, the network said:  “It is clear that this exchange was not only hurtful to the parties directly concerned but also goes against the work and journalistic ethic that News5 strives to uphold.”

Lingao responded to TV5’s statement.

“There are those of us who take pride in this profession. And there are those who take pride in being able to abuse this profession. Pray and hope that the next generation of journos can do a better job than we have,” he wrote.

On the Inquirer and Ramon Ang

Lingao commented on the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s statement about the resumption of the talks between the Prietos and Ramon Ang. He lauded how the Inquirer, despite its imperfection “tended to shine in times of conflict and crises, when others would just rather kiss up or roll over and die.”

This earned him some bashing, too, and some savage responses from Lingao.

When one netizen called him out for using “crises,” here’s Lingao’s epic response.

“Pwede mo utuin ang sarili mo hanggang kailan mo gusto, pero huwag mong ikalat ang pang uuto mo sa wall ko”

On Speaker Alvarez threatening the CHR’s budget

Lingao clarified the Commission on Human Rights mandate after it was grilled by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for defending criminals.

“Isa sa mga trabaho ng estado, siguruhin na hindi tayo inaabuso ng kahit sino. Isa sa mga trabaho ng CHR, siguruhin na hindi tayo inaabuso ng estado,” Lingao posted on August 8.

Lingao once again #burned some commenters.

When someone hit him for not commenting about the abuses of the priests while defending CHR, Lingao readily urged him to watch the documentary he made on the issue.

A netizen expressed regret after getting a response from Lingao.

And when he called out an IT professional, Lingao said: “I find it sad to see that you work in an IT-related industry but that you apparently only use the internet for gaming. No dear, the internet is also for READING!”

We can expect Lingao to keep #burning and writing savage comments in the future, especially when dealing with commenters who easily resort to name-calling and threats.

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Fake news sites to be aware of this 2018



With the widespread practice of misinformation using made-up stories and maliciously edited photos, Senate hearings have been conducted to determine whether new laws are needed to stop the spread of fake news. But you can contribute to the prevention of misinformation in your own way by not patronizing the content of the fake news sites that are causing confusion and baseless hate in the country.

In 2017, MemeBuster has published two lists containing websites that have posted fake stories.

The following are sites that MemeBuster has encountered while we are pursuing our cause of fighting fake news.

We have categorized the sites into active and inactive ones, seeing as how many fake news sites tend to be unavailable after some time. As of February 15, 2018, these are the active and inactive sources of fake news that we have encountered. We will continue to update this list as we bust more false stories.

Active Sites

1. has been an active source of fake stories that MemeBuster has debunked over and over again. It is also quite known for its ever changing About Us page, which now says that the site started out publishing fake stories for some La Sallian students’ thesis, but that it has stopped in May 2017 to focus on serious topics and general information. But La Salle Dasmarinas disowned the said research. even lied when they said they stopped posting fake news by May 2017. Even as late as December 2017, we still caught them publishing fake stories, among which are about Sanofi Pasteur research and development department revealing that they used embalming chemicals for Dengvaxia, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV hiring Arturo Lascañas and Edgar Matobato as his personal bodyguards, former President Benigno Aquino saying he’s willing to return money he got from the Dengvaxia deal, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promising visa-free entry to Filipino caregivers, and more.

This fake news site was also in our first list of fake news sites that we published in October 2016.

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Duterte raises bounty for killing communists to P25K



President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he is increasing the bounty he is offering for anyone who can kill communist rebels, saying it will be cheaper compared to waging a counterinsurgency campaign. The offer is now up from P20,000 to P25,000.

Duterte made the announcement at the oath-taking of newly-appointed officials in Malacañang. The president also reiterated that his controversial war on drugs will stay despite criticisms over the thousands of deaths and a preliminary examination by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the possibility of committing a crime against humanity.

Reckoning that the campaign against communists would last for at least four years, Duterte has made a counteroffer.

“If you’re a CAFGU (Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit) or anybody here, you kill one NPA (New People’s Army member) and I will pay you P25,000. Kwenta-kwenta ko, mas makamura ako. Bilhin ko na lang itong mga yawa na ito (I calculated and realized it will save money. I might as well buy the devils),” he said.

He also stressed that he has nothing to fear as he has the Philippine Navy, Air Force, Army, and CAFGU.


In a recent speech to more than 200 rebels, Duterte also made a remark that soldiers can shoot female rebels “in their vaginas”. This comment did not sit well with women’s group Gabriela.

The president also reiterated his resolve to face the ICC and be put before a firing squad if he is found guilty of crimes against humanity to emulate Jose Rizal.

“Don’t worry about me, I can face the ICC. If they want to indict me, fine! I would love to experience what Rizal has experienced,” he added.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines denounced Duterte’s reward offer to Lumads for every killed communist rebel saying it promotes a culture of violence in the country.

Manila Auxilliary Bishop Broderick Pabllo said that the statements promote a culture that normalizes violence and attacks the sanctity of life. He also urged the president to promote respect of the law instead of making such statements.

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How to spot fake news



How many times have you fallen for fake stories or seen friends and colleagues get victimized by misinformation? Two Senate hearings have been dedicated to discussing remedies to fight fake news in the country. But you don’t have to wait for any new laws to be created to contribute to the fight. You can do your part by identifying fake news and making sure that everyone who is willing to listen (or read) will know that a certain story is not factual at all.
Here are some eight pointers on how to distinguish fake news:

Does the headline sound too good to be true? Don’t take everything you read online to be true.

Netizens were duped by this obviously fake story with a headline “NASA hailed Duterte as the best president in the solar system.”

Check the URL. Some sites simply imitate the URLs of established news sources.

Some fake news and satirical sites are good at mimicking the URLs of reputable news sites simply by adding “,” “,” “tv-,” and others. Some also replace the letters in the URLs with numbers to trick people, such as or

Make sure the headline and/or image used matches the content.

Fake story makers take advantage of their readers’ tendencies to read only up to the headline or get their attention using some controversial photo that is actually not relevant to the content. The government-run news agency Philippine News Agency was slammed once for using a Vietnam war photo for a report about the Marawi siege.

Verify information by comparing information from competing sources.

Give yourself some peace of mind by ensuring that you check a story’s claims with different sources.

Check out fact-checking sites like and

Our website was founded amid the rise of memes that were deliberately made to spread disinformation during the 2016 elections,

with one of the more serious falsehoods being the meme that contained an invented quote from Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong endorsing then Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte. We also busted that story about the documents that spread online accusing former President Benigno Aquino III and other top government officials during his time of depositing gold in Thailand.

Vera Files is known more for fact-checking President Duterte’s claims when he makes speeches, such as his flip-flopping claims on his wealth, and the statements of other government officials.

Track down quotes and sources to see if everything in the story matches.

Many fake news writers have become quite good at masking the lies by mixing it with some facts. For instance, they would take a quote from a certain person and modify it. If you won’t check and triple check it, you’d really think that quote was accurate. A good example of that would be how a fake news site changed up current CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles’ statement, attributed it to former CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas, and made it seem as though Villegas was telling the government to leave the NPA alone.

Watch out for “filter bubbles” that show only items based on personalized searches and be more conscious in engaging in diverse content.

Website algorithm may guess what you would like to see based on your search history and online behavior, which may lead to you seeing only information that agree with your beliefs and opinions. To avoid this, you have to ensure that you have access to diverse news from well-established sources.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions.

This is where the need to verify things often start. A world of information is at your fingertip. Just type a few words in the search engine bar, apply the tips mentioned above, and you’ll be on your merry way to discovering whether the story you are reading is true or not.


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