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Busted: ‘Mga senators naghain ng ethics complaint laban kay Trillanes, sibakin’ is a misleading headline



Several websites published an article with this headline, “Mga Senators naghain ng Ethics complaint laban kay Trillanes, Sibakin,” and it has been shared hundreds of times.

Facebook page “Marcos Warriors” shared it and the post has been shared almost 600 times and has been reacted to over 2,000 times. “Pres.  Duterte ang Agila ng Davao” also shared the post, which gained 554 shares and 1,600 reactions, as of writing. Other pagest that shared the article include “United Cordillerans Supporting BBM,” DDS Supporter James Parmis, “Duterte OFW Supporters,” “Tatay Digong Global Supporters,” “PilipiKnows,” “Duterte The Punisher,” and Duterte Phenomenon,” among others.

Among the websites that published the article are, whose report has been shared over 17,000 times,,, and

We checked out and found that it does not have a text article, only a 16-minute long YouTube video. But the YouTube video is actually compiled PTV reports were about the following:

  • Senators mull filing complaint vs Trillanes
  • SC favors martial law declaration in Mindanao
  • Senators welcome SC’s decision in favoring martial law in Mindanao
  • Lawmakers react to SC’s decision on martial law
  • Palace calls for unity for peace and order in PH

In the compilation alone, it showed that the senators, particularly Senator JV Ejercito, was still mulling over the idea of filing an ethics complaint vs. Trillanes after he called his colleagues in the senate “cowards” and “lapdogs.”

We checked if Ejercito or any other senator has filed an ethics complaint over calling the other senators names, but we haven’t found any report about as of July 14. In fact, Ejercito said that he would reconsider his idea of filing a complaint against Trillanes if the latter apologizes. But the thing is that Trillanes refused to apologize for his “lapdogs” remark.


“Why should I apologize for what I think is true?” Trillanes said in an ambush interview on July 11.

“What I said was my observation and what I believe was true,” he added.
Trillanes also said that as political figures, they should not be onion-skinned.

“Ang sa akin lang dito, political figures tayo dito eh. ‘Wag tayong maarte,’” he said.

Trillanes earlier shot back at Ejercito by saying that the Senate has a problem if Ejercito found his ‘lapdog’ comment offensive but saw nothing wrong with Duterte’s rape remarks to the soldiers.

All of these mean that the headline “Mga Senators naghain ng Ethics complaint laban kay Trillanes, Sibakin” is misleading. The senators have not filed a complaint against Trillanes over the ‘lapdog’ remark as of today, July 14.

On February 27, lawyer Abelardo de Jesus filed an ethics complaint against Trillanes for attacking President Duterte and Court of Appeals justices.

This is not the first time published an article with a misleading title. They also published false headlines such as those about Chief Justice Sereno’s warning that the impeachment complaint vs. Vice President Robredo will push through, Robredo being stripped of her license to practice law, impeachment complaint vs. Robredo has been filed, and alleged confirmed report that the LP, US, CIA will assassinate Duterte. The site also published fake articles such as those claiming that the Australian foreign minister urged human rights groups to help in Duterte’s drug war and that the United Nations defended Duterte.

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



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, which has also been suspended.

However, it should be noted that the blog that published the fake story was was, 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, 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 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



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.


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.

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



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, 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.


The story was picked up by blogs with names such as,,,,,, 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, 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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