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Busted: Headline ‘Sen. Hontiveros hindi rebelyon at pagsalakay ang ginawa ng Maute Group’ is MISLEADING!

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Several Facebook pages are sharing a report with the same headline claiming that Senator Risa Hontiveros said Maute Group did not attack Marawi City and did not start a rebellion. It says, “Sen. Hontiveros hindi rebelyon at pagsalakay ang ginawa ng Maute Group!” If you’re the type to merely read the headline then start reacting angrily to it, spreading the word further on social media, then you will likely fall victim to what we discovered to be a misleading headline.

The report was picked up by several blogs, all bearing the same headline, including pinoybalita.net, newsmediaph.com, pinoytribune.com, and newsbreakph.tk, among others. Based on the Facebook search results, the story has been shared over 3,000 times already.

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We also found the story being shared by dugongmaharlika.com and its Facebook page, which we have busted several times before.

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Some of the Facebook pages that we found sharing the story include Pres. Duterte Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago, TULFO News, Ako Ang Media Ni Duterte, Pres, Duterte ang Agila ng Davao, and Duterte News Media, among others.


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Since we found some quoted statement from Hontiveros in the story, we tried to Google it and result #2 is that of a GMA News Online article on May 27, “Hontiveros insists on joint session to review Duterte’s martial law declaration.”

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We clicked on the link and found that Hontiveros did make the statement. But what’s surprising is that every word that was written in the GMA News Online report was copied by the blog.

Here’s a screenshot of what dugongmaharlika.com published:

So, it’s clear that while they copied everything from the GMA News Online report, they changed the title to make it seem like Hontiveros is defending the Maute Group from the accusations of rebellion due to what happened in Marawi City.

What Hontiveros was actually trying to do is to call for a joint session to evaluate the basis of Duterte’s martial law declaration.

“”The legislature has the constitutional duty to scrutinize the report of the President on the declaration of martial law before a joint session. We have the duty to evaluate if the declaration has basis or not. Even if the declaration seems to have the support of the majority of our lawmakers, the constitution mandates us to listen to all voices, particularly those who raise legitimate concerns over the implementation of this proclamation,” Hontiveros said in her statement.

This is because Senate President Koko Pimentel is of the opinion that the Congress only needs to convene if they want to revoke or limit Duterte’s order, while House Speaker Alvarez is supportive of Duterte’s decision. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas also opined that the Congress only needs a joint session if the President submits the order to the Congress himself.

Hontiveros added that the joint session will also be a way for the public to know the lawmakers stand on the martial law declaration.

“The people deserve to know where their lawmakers stand on this important matter. If they believe that they stand on the right side of history, I don’t see why Congress can’t convene a joint session,” she said.

Duterte declared martial law on the whole of Mindanao on May 23 at 10pm following reports of Maute attacking Marawi City.

Dugongmaharlika.com and the other blogs are trying to mislead people with the wrong headline and it is not the first time the said blog did such a thing. It also published fake, misleading stories that Meme Buster busted, such as how Duterte signed EO 201 when it was actually former President Noynoy Aquino who signed it, how an alleged ‘American journalist’ exposed that LP connived with the US and CIA to terrorize Marawi City, and how LP, CIA, and US will assassinate Duterte soon. If you read something from dugongmaharlika or the other blogs named above, make sure to verify the veracity of the story first before believing it and talking about it to your family, friends and colleagues if you don’t want to be accused of spreading fake news.

The other blogs included a UNTV video, showing Hontiveros being interviewed on the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon. We watched the video and the lady senator did question whether the Marawi crisis indeed qualify under rebellion or invasion.

In the June 7 UNTV report, “Duterte admin’s move vs Maute in Marawi an overkill – Sen. Hontiveros,” she was quoted saying, “Even in the parameters of martial law, is that rebellion? We are the ones who initiated, and did the city government of Marawi break its allegiance to the government and join the Maute? Obviously, it did not. Is it invasion or rebellion?”

The senator was possibly referring to the army’s earlier statement that the military raid they conducted on May 23 was to arrest Abu Sayyaf subleader Isnilon Hapilon, who was spotted in Marawi City with about 15 followers.

However, AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla also said that during the operation, they recovered materials and high-powered firearms “indicating that many of these activities prior to our entry to the area have been planned long ago.”

“Indeed there was planning that was involved even prior to our entry to arrest Hapilon… when we got information that he was holed up in the area,” Padilla added.

Hontiveros emphasized the importance of holding a joint session to review the basis of Duterte’s martial law declaration, adding that there are other options aside from putting the entire Mindanao region under martial rule.

In a statement on June 8, Hontiveros’ office said, “The Maute group’s siege in Marawi is an act of terrorism. Senator Risa Hontiveros condemns all acts of terror and is fervent in pursuing peace.”

Sources: ( philstar.com , untvweb.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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