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Busted: Hontiveros said kidnapping is not bad as long as victim is unharmed? It’s a fake meme!

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Senator Risa Hontiveros has become a subject of a fake meme claiming that she said kidnapping is not bad at all if the victim is not hurt.

“Hindi masama ang kidnapping kung hindi sinasaktan ang biktima,” the meme said.

It was shared by the Facebook page “Baste News” on August 27.

We tried to verify whether Hontiveros’ alleged statement carried by the meme is true or not by Googling it. It turned out the statement was made up by the Facebook fan page since it was only found on the fan page and on the blog that was debunking the fake meme.

Hontiveros’ official Facebook page also denied the meme and urged people to “fight fakery.”

“Binabaligtad nila si Kian. Biktima ng patayan, ginagawang drug courier. Ako, inakusahang kidnapper,” Hontiveros said.

“Fight fakery! Fight for truth and justice! #FightFakeNews,” she added.

When we checked back on Baste News’ meme about the lady senator, we noticed that the first time the page posted the meme, they did not include #Fiction to denote that the statement they included in the meme was simply made-up and it remained so for 2 hours before it was edited. Look!

So, did Baste News try to fool people with the fake meme before labeling it as #Fiction? If it did, it succeeded because the netizens were quite angry at Hontiveros. Look at these comments posted after the meme went online without the hashtag #Fiction in its caption. The netizens were quite vicious in their comments against the senator to the point of wishing that she or her kids would get kidnapped, too.

But even with the addition of #Fiction to the meme’s caption to warn people that it is not true, some people still believed the fake meme to be true.

It’s ironic how they keep calling Hontiveros “stupid” when they are the ones who readily believed in a fake meme.

Some commenters lamented over the netizens’ gullibility in falling for a fake meme.

This is not the first time Facebook page Baste News shared a fake meme or fake news. They also shared the edited photo of Hontiveros carrying a signage saying #PRAYFORMAUTE.

Veteran journalist Ed Lingao also slammed Baste News for calling him a “paid journalist” and “anti-Duterte.”

Hontiveros and the kidnapping issue

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On August 25, Duterte supporter and blogger Rey Joseph Nieto, a.k.a. Thinking Pinoy, came out with an article “The Kidnapper – Senator Risa Hontiveros?” Nieto said he consulted lawyer friends in writing the article and discussed about how Hontiveros’ taking custody of the three witnesses, two of whom are minors, in Kian delos Santos’ case, can be considered as kidnapping.

His main points include the following:

  • Hontiveros is a private individual who has no duty to take custody of witnesses, unlike the NBI, DOJ, PNP or Public Attorneys Office (PAO).
  • She took the two minors without the parents’ consent, based on the interview with one of the minors’ mother on TV Patrol, where the mom said via phone interview:

“Actually hindi ko alam eh. Hindi tama. ‘Yun po yung isang foul dun eh. Bago po nila kukunin yung anak ko, kunin muna nila yung permiso sa akin kung papayag ba ako na sa kanilang panig ko ibibigay. Unang-una yang Hontiveros na yan di po, hindi ko po siya nakakausap. Hindi man lang niya hinanap muna kung paano makokontak ang ina ng witness dahil minor po yan eh.”

  • Despite the minors volunteering to be taken into Hontiveros’ custody, the Senate still does not have legal authority to take witnesses into protective custody. This is under DOJ’s authority. The fact that parents’ consent was not obtained also made Hontiveros taking custody of the minors illegal.
  •  All the circumstances legally used to describe a kidnapping are present in Hontiveros’ case in holding the minor witnesses in Kian’s case.

But on the same day, August 25, Hontiveros posted on Facebook an audio clip of her talking to one of the minor witnesses’ mother, who said that she now understood and agreed with her child’s decision to stay under the senator’s custody. On August 26, the senator’s Facebook page also posted a video clip of her phone call with the witness’ mother, who is an OFW in Oman.

“Nakakausap ko naman po yung anak ko nung mga nakaraang araw at naliwanagan naman po ako sa mga bagay-bagay na nalilito ako kasi nabigla po ako sa mga nangyari,” the mother said.

“Ngayon po, dahil po sa ganung nangyari, siempre po, yung media at yung mga naiwan pong kapatid ni (withheld name of the witness) sa bahay eh marami pong nagbibigay ng mga opinyon, ganito ganyan. Yun pong mga opinyon na yun nakakarating po sa akin dito by text messaging. Ang nangyari po, nagkaroon kami ng kalituhan. So, sa isang banda po, ang magdedesisyon po nun yun pong tetestigo, kung saan po siya komportable at ilagay din yung mga kapatid niya para po sa kaligtasan nilang lahat,” she added.

“Kaya ako po, naliwanagan na rin po ako, sumang-ayon na rin po ako sa desisyon, nung nalaman ko, ‘di na lang daw po sila lilipat… Dito na lang daw po sila kay Senator Hontiveros. Ako po ay pumayag na po sa desisyon ng anak ko.”

Hontiveros posted the authorization letter signed by the witness mother.

She also posted the letter of the guardian of two of the witnesses.

On August 24, the Senate took custody of the three witnesses. Senator Panfilo Lacson, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Safety that will probe Kian’s case, also granted sanctuary to the witnesses on Senate premises.

During the Senate hearing into Kian’s death last week, his mom Lorenza delos Santos revealed that the cops involved in his son’s death told the witnesses to maintain their silence.

Aside from three witnesses under Senate custody, PAO chief Persida Rueda-Acosta said that they have six witnesses who have given their testimonies against the three police suspects.

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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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