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Busted: Former de Lima staff DOES NOT own BDO account with P24M deposit

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Banco de Oro (BDO) issued clearance on Tuesday, September 6, stating that Senator Leila de Lima’s former staff does not own the bank account with an alleged P24 million deposits of drug money.

According to an Inquirer report, BDO said that the account exists, but it is not under the name of de Lima’s staff, Jonathan Caranto.

Caranto works at the Department of Justice (DOJ) National Prosecution Service as an Administrative Assistant III. He was also tagged in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug matrix, revealed on August 25, that showed de Lima as the alleged top government official responsible for the proliferation of the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison.

According to the deposit slips currently investigated by DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, Caranto’s supposed bank account was opened at the BDO branch at Grace Park-9th Avenue in Caloocan. Caranto, together with his counsel, Atty. Eirene Jhone E. Aguila, personally visited the branch.

He said that the bank told him and his lawyer that the account number existed, but it was at a different BDO branch, hence they could not access it. BDO also reportedly told them that the account was opened under a different name.

Caranto said that getting cleared by BDO from ever owning the account further proved his earlier affidavit, where he swore he only has bank accounts at the Philippine National Bank and Landbank.

“I went here at the Caloocan branch of BDO to check if they had an account under my name. I was told there wasn’t anything,” he told the Inquirer.

According to the deposit slips, BDO Account Number 004460088072 had six transactions with a P4-million deposit each on the following dates: Nov. 20, 2015; Dec. 14, 2015; Jan. 22, 2016; Jan. 26, 2016; Mar. 18, 2016; and April 29, 2016, totaling to a P24-million deposit.

Caranto’s counsel, Aguila, said that the BDO could not give them further details about the account number because of the Bank Secrecy Law.

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On his inclusion in Duterte’s drug matrix, Caranto said that he was surprised upon hearing his name on a radio broadcast.

“I was surprised to be included in the drug matrix. I do not have anything to do with that,” he said.

He also denied being involved in cockfighting, as alleged by the drug matrix, preferring instead to stay at home.

His wife, Eileen, said that Caranto could barely eat after he was named by Duterte while hitting de Lima, his former boss, for allegedly being a drug protector.

After hearing about his name’s inclusion in the matrix, Caranto said he went to meet Justice Secretary Aguirre with the support of some of his DOJ friends.

He said that during the meeting, he was asked about the BDO accounts and the deposit slips. He also went to the National Bureau of Investigation and passed a lie detector test.

“Jonathan Caranto’s [tests] revealed that there were no specific reactions indicative of deception to pertinent questions relevant to instant investigation,” said the NBI.

Caranto said that he is still hopeful that the truth would surface and urged those included in the matrix to come out as well.

GMA News Online reported that Caranto also denied issuing a statement against de Lima because he does not know anything.

“Wala po dun sa salaysay ko na magwi-witness ako against de Lima, kasi wala naman po akong alam (My sworn statement did not say that I would stand as witness against de Lima, because I don’t know anything),” he said.

This denial from Caranto’s side of any intention to testify against de Lima and the clearing of his name as the owner of the BDO account with the drug money came after another DOJ staff, Edna “Bogs” Obuyes, also denied issuing a statement against de Lima. She said that her sworn statement cleared de Lima from being linked to the P24 million deposits into a questionable BDO account under her nickname, Bogs Obuyes. However, she was later surprised when her statement was suddenly made to pin de Lima down as a drug protector at the Bilibid.

GMA News Online also asked Aguirre for a reaction after Caranto’s revelation. The justice secretary said that they are still verifying the BDO bank account.

De Lima also weighed in on this new development clearing Caranto from owning the mysterious BDO account.

“The next logical question is – saan nanggaling ang mga so-called checks na yan? From which factory of manufactured ‘evidence’ are they coming from?” she asked.

Source: (newsinfo.inquirer.net, gmanetwork.com, facebook.com)

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Busted: Robredo wants to add years to the K-to-12 program? It’s fake news!

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Vice President Leni Robredo’s office released a statement debunking social media posts claiming that she wants to add a few more years to the K-to-12 program. This came after several posts started circulating about how Robredo allegedly said that she wanted to add a few more years to the K-to-12 program, angering netizens.

A certain tweet on March 1, 2020 showed the vice president’s photo along with these words: “Kulang ang K to 12 education system natin. Kelangan apat na taon sa Junior HS at apat na taon sa Senior HS.”

In January 17, the same image shared to the Facebook page “Raffy Tulfo In Action Supporters” also got shared over 6,000 times and triggered negative comments among the netizens.

Many social media users have lambasted Robredo over the said meme.

The unwarranted bashing and adverse reactions prompted her office to release an official statement debunking this false claim.

“Hindi totoong pinadadagdagan ni VP Leni Robredo ang mga taon sa K-to-12 program,” said the vice president’s office in a statement.

“Suportado ng Bise Presidente kung sakaling magkaroon ng review ng nasabing programa. Binibigyang-diin niya na kailangang siguraduhin na may tamang facilities at equipment ang mga specialized tracks, para mas maging madali ang pagtuturo nito at matiyak ang kahandaang makapagtrabaho ng mga mag-aaral sa kanilang pagtatapos,” it added.

In October 2019, Robredo did say that she was alright with reviewing how the K-to-12 program to determine how it could be further improved.

“Tumutugon rin ang kaniyang Tanggapan, kasama ang #AngatBuhay partners nito, sa pangangailangan ng tamang kagamitan. Nakapagbigay na ng kaukulang tools at equipment sa mga mahihirap na paaralan, gaya sa Mulanay sa Quezon, Panglao sa Bohol, at Sta. Maria sa Romblon,” the statement further said.

This is not the first time Robredo has been a victim of fake news. There were false claims, misleading headlines, and edited images or captions about how former Senator Bongbong Marcos has already won over Robredo, how she met former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, or how her portrait was sold on eBay, something that a popular blogger apologized for.

Sources: ( inquirer.net , news.mb.com.ph )

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Busted: Walang kasalanan ang Tulfo brothers ayon sa imbestigasyon? It’s a misleading headline!

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An article has claimed that an investigation has found the Tulfo brothers to be not guilty. It says, “Lumabas Sa Imbestigasyon Na Walang Kasalanan Ang Tulfo Brothers,” as published by the website phworkit.top.

The story was even shared by Facebook pages “Ferdinand Emmanual Edralin Marcos” and “Rody Duterte MEDIA.”

However, the article merely contained a 10-minute YouTube video, which was a mix several video clips of different reports, some parts of which touched on the issues involving the P60 million tourism ads that aired on the PTV program of Teo’s brothers, the Tulfos.

One of the video clips showed that the CNN Philippines reported on why nepotism is considered corruption and abused of authority in the case of now-resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda and how her husband, Roberto Teo, served as the board member of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA). But Roberto was appointed by former President Benigno Aquino III and has tendered his resignation from TIEZA effective June 30, 2018.

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Another video clip showing a CNN Philippines report of a Malacañang press briefing, where a reporter asked Presidential Spokesperon Harry Roque if Communications Secretary Martin Andanar would be among those investigated in the controversial placement of P60 million worth of tourism ads on the program of the Tulfos, who are Teo’s brothers, leading people to raise the issue of conflict of interest. As the PCOO chief, he also supervises the state-run PTV-4, where the Tulfos’ programs are a blocktimer.

Asked by yet another reporter what President Rodrigo Duterte’s comment was on the issue with the DOT and the Tulfos, Roque said that he did not know then because he had not talked to the President for a while and the investigation conducted by the Office of the President was ongoing then.

The headline used in the video is misleading. It meant to make people think that the Tulfo brothers have been cleared from the issue involving them with the controversial P60-million tourism ad deal.

However, reports showed that even after Teo resigned from her post on May 7, the Ombudsman will still continue with the probe into the scandal. The body requested from the Commission on Audit (COA) a copy of its DOT report involving the controversial P60-million worth of payments for ads aired on PTV on May 8. The investigation is still ongoing, which meant that they it has not yet cleared the Tulfos.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea is also said to be investigating the scandal to determine the officials at fault at the DOT, People’s Television Network Inc. (PTNI), and the PCOO.

Ramon Tulfo, an Inquirer columnist, came out in the defense of his sister Teo and blamed  his younger brother Ben Tulfo for the controversy.

Party-list group Akbayan, however, said it was not enough for Teo to step down from her post. They wanted her to be prosecuted.

“The simple firing or resignation of corrupt officials will not put a stop to corruption in the government if this is not followed by swift prosecution and conviction,” the group said in a statement.

Akbayan also challenged President Duterte to file cases against Ben and Erwin Tulfo over the controversial ad transaction. Ben owns Bitag Media, which produced the PTV show “Kilos Pronto,” the program where the DOT ads were aired. His brother, Erwin, co-hosts the show with him.

Sources: ( newsinfo.inquirer.ne , thestandard.com.ph , cnnphilippines.com , rappler.com , news.abs-cbn.com , businessmirror.com.ph )

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Busted: Legarda sinumbatan si Robredo na mag-resign bago pa lumabas ang resulta na panalo si Marcos? Misleading headline!

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Senator Loren Legarda allegedly confronted Vice President Leni Robredo and asked her to resign before the results would show former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as the winner.

The video was posted by blog dailydu30.info on May 15, 2018. The vice presidential vote recount is still ongoing, so the headline must have been referring to the result of the recount. It also made it seem as though Legarda is telling Robredo that she is certain that Marcos would emerge as the winner in the recount.

The YouTube video is 20-minute long and Legarda’s face was immediately shown at the beginning of the video. However, if you finish watching it, you’d know immediately that the video was not taken recently. In fact, it showed a portion of the budget hearing for 2017 for the Office of the Vice President. Further research showed that the hearing was conducted in front of the Senate panel on August 22, 2017 and it lasted less than an hour before it was approved. Robredo herself attended the budget hearing to present an overview of the OVP’s plans for 2018.

Legarda served as the Senate panel’s chair.

During the hearing, Robredo reported how the OVP spent its funds, mainly for poverty alleviation.

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The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that following the presentation on the fund allocation of the OVP, Legarda asked Robredo to send them a yearlong report on the needs of the sectors and areas that the OVP has reached while promising to help out on fulfilling those needs.

So unlike what the headline claimed, Legarda did not tell Robredo to resign from her VP post to make way for Marcos’ imminent victory. The headline is misleading and is merely playing with people’s emotions and gullibility.

However, Facebook page “Sara Duterte Worldwide Supporters” still shared it without verifying the headline’s claims.

There have been several fake stories involving Marcos and Robredo and the VP vote recount that we have busted. We debunked a misleading headline claiming that Marcos has already won, that Marcos won by 1,786 votes over Robredo, that Robredo would perform her tasks as VP until Marcos takes over, and that Marcos will replace Robredo.

Sources: ( philstar.comnewsinfo.inquirer.net )

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