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Busted: George W. Bush said he knows Duterte personally and that he never gives up? It’s fake news

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At least two websites are carrying this story about how former US President George W. Bush allegedly said that the ‘personally’ knows President Rodrigo Duterte so he also knows that the Philippine president will never give up.

The story was published by newsfoxchannel.com and aljazeerachannel.com. The problem is that just by their URLs, you can already tell that they are trying to mimic the URLs of established broadcasting networks Fox and Al Jazeera. Moreover, Meme Buster also debunked a few fake articles from these websites, proving that they cannot be trusted.

We can no longer access the story by aljazeerachannel.com but a certain netizen posted screenshots of its story on Facebook.

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We found out that it is exactly the same story published on newsfoxchannel.com. According to the story, Bush, whose supposed birthday also falls on June 12, the Philippine’s Independence Day, remarked that Duterte is “consistent” and “never gives up on his missions.”

The story even quoted Bush saying: “… have known President Duterte for long. He never gives up.”

It also added that Bush turned 93 on June 12. He reportedly said that Duterte has turned the spotlight on the Philippines with the way he is running the country, something that many people appreciate. The story, which also described Bush as the 41st American president, further said that it is unfair for foreigners to criticize Duterte because of every leader’s unique way of running his or her respective country.

However, the story confused George W. Bush, the son and the 43rd American president, whose birthday fall on July 6, with his father, George H. W. Bush, the 41st American president, whose birthday is every June 12. The website newsfoxchannel.com even used the younger Bush’s photo in the article.

They even mixed up the father Bush and son Bush, so how much more can you trust them to deliver a real story about how the older Bush, as per the details in the story, personally know Duterte?

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We tried looking for reports connecting the older Bush with President Duterte or about Bush uttering a statement about Duterte, but we could not find any. It is likely that aljazeerachannel.com and newsfoxchannel.com just made up the story. They have done it before when they published the fake stories about the French President calling Duterte a role model and Senator Antonio Trillanes planning to hold a hunger strike for Senator Leila de Lima’s freedom.

And the story has made its rounds online, but in its Filipino version after it was translated by the philippinebalitadaily.com and posted on Facebook by the page “Duterte Para Sa Pagbabago.” The Filipino title now says, “George W. Bush: “Matagal Ko Ng Kilala Si Duterte, Hindi Siya Sumusuko.” As of writing, the Filipino post has already gained over 500 shares, 1,200 reactions.

As what we’ve said before, we’re seeing a trend of some websites obtaining fake news in English and translating them to Filipino to make them almost difficult to distinguish as fake news. Watch out for such websites and make sure to verify the stories that you find online first before reacting or believing in them.

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Busted: Robredo nagbakasyon sa ibang bansa at tinakasan si Marcos? It’s a fake story!

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Vice President Leni Robredo allegedly left the Philippines to go on vacation abroad and escape from her rival, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in the middle of the VP vote recount.

With a title that says “Leni Robredo Nagbakasyon Sa Ibang Bansa! Tina-kasan Si BBM! Panoorin,” the story has riled people up. They believed that Robredo really left the country to leave Marcos and the electoral protest behind.

The story was carried by sites such as du30express.site, trending1.altervista.org, and dailypinoy2018.blogspot.com, before it was shared by Facebook pages such as “Action ni Duterte,” “Duterte for OFW,” “President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte  for New Philippines,” and Duterte Defenders” starting on April 6.


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However, the links to the story showed a 14-minute long YouTube video of political analyst and De La Salle professor Antonio Contreras talking about the alleged wet ballots discovered during the recount. He did mention about how Robredo was in another country, while her lawyer Romulo Macalintal was left behind to explain the wet ballots allegedly found during the recount. Contreras said that the explanation about the condition of the ballots should come from the Comelec or those responsible of maintaining the ballot boxes.

Unlike what the title claimed about how Robredo left the country to escape from Marcos, she actually went to London to speak at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) about “Overcoming Poverty in the Philippines and the Role of Politics in Economic Growth,” based on the Facebook post her official page made on April 7.

It was an honor to speak at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where I was invited to give a…

Posted by VP Leni Robredo on Saturday, April 7, 2018

Robredo went to London not to go on a vacation but to give a talk related to what the Office of the Vice President has been doing. And she certainly did not go to the UK to escape Marcos. She even continued with the 48th episode of the BISErbisyong Leni radio show, where she and her co-host Ely Saludar talked to #IstoryaNgPagasa champions in the UK.

All of these meant that Robredo visited Robredo for work-related engagements, not to go on a break and escape from Marcos during the VP vote recount. The story is fake!

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Busted: ‘Napatunayan na si BBM ang sinuportahan ng taumbayan’? BBM 100% winner as VP? Fake news!

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Amid the vice presidential vote recount, some Facebook pages have been posting articles with titles and feature images claiming that former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has won as VP.

The story, as picked up by several blogs, has a title that says, “Napatunayan Na Sa Wakas Na Si BBM Ang Sinuportahan Ng Taumbayan! Panoorin.” The feature image also shows Marcos surrounded by his supporters with a text that says “BBM 100 Percent Winner Pagka Bise.”

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Both the title and the text on the image would instantly tell you that Marcos has already been declared as the winner in the recount.

The story from du30scoopz.info that was shared by the Facebook page “Pilipinas Duterte Global Supporters 360” even got shared over 900 times since it was posted on April 3.

The same story was also picked up by blogs such as dailyviralhub.altervista.org, trending1.altervista.org, pinoypolitics.altervista.org, dutertedefenders.net, and parasabayan.xyz, among others. It was shared either by Facebook pages such as “Duterte for OFW,” “Duterte Astig,” “PRRD Defender,” and “Duterte Para sa Bayan” or by individual users to several Facebook groups, such as “Imee Marcos for Senator Movement.”

And based on the comments on these posts, it seemed that while some netizens realized that these claims are not true about Marcos being the winning VP, others were asking why he has not been proclaimed as the VP until now.

However, the VP vote recount is still ongoing since it started on April 2, so we’re wondering where the makers of hte graphics and story got the idea that Marcos has emerged as the winner. These claims are clearly fake and were meant to mislead people.

If you click on the article on du30scoopz.info, you will only find a 404 error on the page.

We did find a 10-minute YouTube video when we clicked on pinoypolitics.altervista.org. However, the video just showed Marcos, his wife, and sister Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos being greeted by their supporters. By the way the title was framed, did they mean that the Marcos supporters comprise the “taumbayan” that they mentioned? That is not really the case, which makes this story a definite fake one.

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Busted: 7800 na patay nakalistang bumoto kay Robredo sa Bacolod? Story came from a noted fake news site!

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A certain Patricia Laurel shared on Facebook on April 6 a few screenshots of an article claiming that Bacolod election officials found 7,800 dead people who were listed as voters for Vice President Leni Robredo.

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She captioned it, “Mga patay bumoto kay Leni.” As of writing, her post has already gained over 4,500 shares, almost 500 reactions, and over 100 comments.

Angry netizens ended up calling Robredo names.

The post was also shared by veteran writer and The Manila Times columnist Bobi Tiglao. His post has since then been shared close to 200 times.

Facebook page Showbiz Government also shared the same post by Laurel and has managed to gain over 800 shares.

 

However, MemeBuster later found out that the story in the now viral screenshots accusing that over 7,000 dead  people voted for Robredo came from the site philrepublicnews.com and was published in December 2017.

But we could not verify the claims in the story. Even the direct quotes found in the story were also carried by dubious sites.

We also found out that this is the same fake story that trended back in January, but it has a different title then, “Bicol Election Officials Found 8,654 Dead Folks Who Voted for Robredo,” as carried by the fake news site bacolod.altervista.org.

Even philrepublicnews.com has carried several fake stories before that we already debunked, such as how Senator Risa Hontiveros allegedly defended the CPP-NPA during a joint session on the extension of martial law, Nostradamus predicted President Rodrigo Duterte’s victory, and the late Playboy founder Hugh Heffner donated $5 million to Duterte’s drug war.

The site also carried the fake stories about Hontiveros filing a bill to raise the minimum age of senior citizenship to 65 from 60 and the lady senator helping the girl who hit a taxi driver in a viral video.

Tiglao once accused the Inquirer of using a fake photo of the “Start the Healing” rally on EDSA in NOvember 2017, but when he got confronted about it, deleted the post, but refused to apologize for his mistake.

The page Showbiz Government has also shared several hoaxes in the past, including those about unpaid EDSA protesters mobbing the Liberal Party office, an Oxford law professor saying the ICC cannot prosecute Duterte because of his high approval ratings, Senators Hontiveros and Kiko Pangilinan holding hands while walking, and more.

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