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Busted: Hontiveros wants soldiers investigated over allegations of overkill in Maute, Hapilon’s deaths? It’s a fake statement!

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Senator Risa Hontiveros has become a subject of several fake stories, with some even portraying her as a sympathizer of the terror Maute group. This time, some Facebook pages are sharing Hontiveros’ photo along with her alleged statement that she wanted the Filipino soldiers probed over allegations that there might have been overkill in the killing of terrorists Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute on October 16.

“Masaya akong natapos na ang ilang buwan na gulo sa Marawi. Ngunit kailangan parin natin Imbistigahan ang mga sundalo kung may nalabag ba silang Human Rights.Kasi mukhang overkill ang pagpatay nila kay Maute at Hapilon base sa photo na nakita sa Social Media,” the statement attributed to Hontiveros read.

It was being shared by pages such as “News Blog Radio,” whose post now has now been shared over 2,700 times and reacted to 1,300 times.

Facebook page “Duterte’s Warriors Upgrade” shared the photo too.

We tried to verify whether Hontiveros really made that statement against the soldiers who fought in Marawi City.

First, we tried Google reverse image search and found that News5 used the same photo of Hontiveros in some of its graphics for other statements dated August 24, 2017; September 14, 2017; and August 22, 2017.

However, we could not find another graphics from News5, where the now viral photo seemed to have originated.

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Upon seeing the other graphics from News5, we noticed that the now-viral graphics flaunted by “News Blog Radio” and “Duterte’s Warriors Upgrade” does not show the date when Hontivoros made the remark, just like the other News5 graphics we’ve seen so far.

Another thing we noticed that made us doubt the authenticity of the graphics is the inconsistency in its capitalization with the words “Imbistigahan,” “Human Rights,” and “Social Media,” which are not proper nouns with first letters that should be capitalized.

But the biggest reason for doubting the authenticity of the statement in the graphics in question is because we could not find credible sources carrying the said statement.

We tried searching for the other sources of the statements put into graphics by News5. Here are some examples:

  1. “From the very start they were saying that Kian was executed. This is not the alternative version that is being floated that he engaged police in a shootout. They want to help the family of Kian get justice.”

Aside from the graphics found on News5’s site of this Hontiveros statement on slain teenager Kian delos Santos on August 22, 2017, we also found the senator’s statement in the Philippine Star report “Witnesses in Kian’s killing ready to testify – Hontiveros” published and updated on August 23, 2017.

  1. “Kung nais nating bigyan ng katarungan si Kian, at kung nais natin na hindi na magkaroon ng dagdag na Kian, bigyan natin ng boses at sapat na kalinga ang mga naging saksi ng kanyang pagkamatay.”

News5 shared the graphics of this statement from Hontiveros made on August 24, 2017 on their Facebook page. Aside from that, the remark was also carried as a press release from the senator’s office that was published on the official website of the Senate of the Philippines on August 24, 2017.

  1. “His shameful and deceitful text conversation was simply inadvertently caught by someone’s camera lens. Thus, there was no intent to tap or intercept his messages. There was no reasonable expectation of privacy.”

Hontiveros made this statement on September 14, 2017 and News5 included the graphics in its report “HINDI TAKOT | Sen. Hontiveros: See you in court, Mr. Aguirre.” The same statement can also be found on the Facebook post of the “Senate of the Philippines.”

But when we tried to look for other sources that could be carrying Hontiveros’ alleged statement about wanting to investigate the soldiers for overkill in the terrorists’ death, we could not find any.

Hontiveros did release a statement after the death of Hapilon and Maute, but it was all about commending the efforts of the brave soldiers in stopping the terrorist leaders and protecting the lives of the Filipinos. This is what she said, based on the statement published on the Senate’s official website:

“Nais kong bigyan ng pagpupugay ang ating mga matatapang na sundalo sa ilalim ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) sa kanilang matagumpay na pagsugpo sa ilang pangunahing lider ng teroristang Maute group.

I commend the brave men and women of our uniformed service who are fulfilling their duty to protect the lives of our people from the Maute group’s acts of terror. They risk their lives for our safety. They deserve our utmost support and praise.

From the start, I have been confident that with or without Martial Law, our brave soldiers will be able to defeat the terrorist threat in Marawi. I hope this latest development will convince the government to lift Martial Law in Mindanao and begin the challenging task of rebuilding Marawi and the lives of all those affected by this conflict.”

Nowhere did she say in her official statement on the death of Maute and Hapilon that she wanted to have the soldiers investigated for their suspected overkill of the two terrorist leaders. The other statement that said otherwise was made up, especially when we could not find credible sources carrying the same remarks.

Previous memes tried to paint Hontiveros as a sympathizer and supporter of Maute group. One showed her holding a #PrayForMaute sign, which turned out to be edited, while another attributed a fake statement to her where she allegedly called Maute the “epitome of courage and resilience” and a source of inspiration.

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Busted: Nostradamus predicted Duterte’s victory? Even Mocha Uson shared this story in 2016

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Stories about how the French seer Nostradamus, or Michel de Nostredame, allegedly predicted President Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency in the Philippines have resurfaced, but are Nostradamus predictions really true?

Facebook pages such as “Duterte News Everywhere,” “Duterte News Portal” and “Duterte” were among those pages that re-shared the stories on January 12 and 13.

They shared stories published by blogs such as thinkingpinoys.info, philrepublicnews.com, and newscenterph.info.

We checked the other contents on these blogs and these are the things that we discovered from each blog:

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  1. With thinkingpinoys.info, we found it sharing the fake story about Miss Universe 2017 Demi-leigh Nel-Peters saying she dreamt of working with Duterte; how the CHR will help the suspect in the killing of an OFW’s wife and daughter; Senator Risa Hontiveros wanting to help female driver Cherish Interior against bashers and her insulting Bacolod, among others.

  1. The blog philrepublicnews,com has published several fake, dubious stories on its site, including the made-up story about Hontiveros helping Cherish Interior to file cyberbullying charges against her bashers; how the results of the VP poll recount has been released by the Comelec; and the conspiracy theory about how it was not actually the late Senator Ninoy Aquino who was shot at the tarmac when his plane landed in Manila.

  1. Newscenterph.info seems to be a relatively new site, with some stories having misleading headlines. For instance, there was an article with a headline claiming that South Korea “will be” the Philippines’ third telecommunications company when there is no certainty yet that a South Korean firm will take the slot.

If these blog did not bother verifying the veracity of some of its articles’ claims, it might have done the same thing when it published the story about Nostradamus’ alleged predictions about Duterte and the Philippines, too.

This is what one of the blogs claimed Nostradamus said about Duterte and the Philippines, complete with their interpretation of what the seer allegedly said.

However, we also found that the same blog, thinkingpinoys.info, has this disclaimer that says, “This website cannot guarantee the legitimacy of some of the information contributed to us. You may do additional research if you find some information doubtful. Thank you for being considerate.”

It meant that even the blog that is spreading the story about Nostradamus predicting that Duterte would become the Philippines’ next leader is not 100% guaranteed legitimate or accurate.

This prediction story first went viral in 2016.

Even Duterte supporter and now Communications Asec. Mocha Uson shared the prediction in 2016.

“Nakakatakot naman ito, matagal na palang napredict ng isang magaling na propeta na is Nostradamus ang mangyayari sa Pilipinas at kasama si Duterte sa mga prediksyong ito!” she wrote in her Facebook post on May 15, 2016.

But if you click on the link to the story by crackerdaily.com, the page no longer exists.

MemeBuster previously debunked a story about this Nostradamus prediction and how Duterte was allegedly called a “messiah” but the story came from the satirical site thephnews.blogspot.com.

And it seemed like many of Nostradamus’ alleged predictions have been misinterpreted and forcefully linked to some significant happenings in the world, including the 9/11 attack, Hitler’s leadership, Louis Pasteur and his discovery, and more. But the seer’s predictions and their alleged links to said events have been debunked by Listverse.

Fact-checking site Snopes also debunked a few of the predictions that were attributed to Nostradamus, including those about 9/11, former US President Barack Obama, former George W. Bush’s election, and more.

This is what Snopes has to say about Nostradamus’ quatrains and how they allegedly predicted various events in the world:

“The French physician and astrologer Nostradamus (1503-1566) penned numerous quatrains populated by obscure imagery that the credulous have ever after attempted to fit to the events of their times. These predictions can often ring somewhat true because the images employed are so general they can be found in almost every event of import, but by the same token the prophecies are never dead-on fits because the wordings are far too general. Not that this stops anyone from believing in them; our society’s need for mysticism runs far too deep to ever allow for that.”

After having debunked several of Nostradamus’ alleged predictions, what Snopes is trying to say is that many of the French astrologer’s rhymes were forcefully interpreted and translated to seemingly fit the major happenings in the world, ending in what is essentially a fabrication, a fake prediction.

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Busted: Duterte wants to ban public cursing? Not true at all!

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President Rodrgio Duterte allegedly wanted to ban yet another thing – public cursing. But wouldn’t he be among the first violators of his own policy since he himself loves to curse during his impromptu speeches?

Well, there won’t be any violation if he does not want to implement such a policy in the first place. Stories about him wanting to ban public cursing came from a fake news site, which even categorized this particular story as “Satire and Humor.”

Duterte allegedly cursed the parents of children who are prolific in cursing, with a statement attributed to him: “Putang ina kala mo kung makapagmura alam nila ang ginagawa nila. Yong mga iresponsableng magulang ang dapat sisihin dito pero kailagan ding disiplinahin ang mga bata. Ipagbabawal ko yuan, yong pag mumura… pag nahuli kulong agad.. walang minor minor sa akin, putang inang human rights yan.”

The story further claimed that President Duterte also praised his controversial granddaughter Isabelle Duterte for being better than him when it comes to using expletives.

A screenshot of Isabelle calling people who believed that she is still 15 years old as “dumbf*cks” went viral in December 2017.

Just like how the story tagged the story as “satire,” it is indeed a made-up story. The only thing that is somewhat true in all of its claims is the fact that Duterte promised a few times before that he would stop cursing in public and stop directing those curses at other people.

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Duterte obviously failed to deliver what he promised, given how some of his speeches are still worth censoring because of some curses in between. He once cursed Pope Francis for being the cause of traffic that left him stranded for hours in the capital and directed some curses at former US President Barack Obama over human rights issues. He also cursed New York Times over criticisms of his drug war, UN special rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard, and actor Gabby Concepcion, albeit by mistake, when he meant to curse ABS-CBN Chairman Gabby Lopez.

Some Facebook pages, as usual, did not bother checking the source of the story or verifying its claims.

“CTPG Philippines,” “Trending To,” and “Pinoy Observer,” among other pages, still shared the story despite its dubious source.

The story was picked up by the blog newstv.5com, which seems to be trying to mimic TV’s news site, and which has published other fake stories before, such as activist Renato Reyes’ son crashing a sports car, Senator Bam Aquino blaming “Ang Probinsyano” for former Senator Lito Lapid’s inclusion in a survey’s ‘Magic 12’ list,  and Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano scolding an elderly woman for posting about his niece’s lost wallet.

It also turned out that newstv.com’s story on Duterte’s alleged ban on public cursing came from the fake news site dedma.com, which has published a lot of fake stories on its site.

During the presidential campaign, Duterte once made a deal with Davao Archbishop and now CBCP President Romulo Valles to pay P1,000 for every curse word he makes in public and the funds would go to Caritas Davao.

Sources: ( rappler.comtheatlantic.comcoconuts.co )

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Busted: Several Facebook fan pages keep on sharing fake stories about Marcos winning as VP

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Despite how many fake stories we have debunked about how former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has been proclaimed as the real vice president of the Philippines, several Facebook fan pages still keep on sharing such stories.

Earlier this week, Marcos said that he won’t run for senator in 2019 because he already won as vice president.

But Marcos made that remark even before the vote recount in connection with his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo is set to start this February, as decided by the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.

In September last year, we busted a fake story came out about how the Supreme Court allegedly favored Marcos in his electoral protest, but as what has been mentioned earlier, the VP vote recount won’t start until February this year.

In October 2017, we debunked yet another fake story claiming that Robredo said she will continue to fulfill her vice presidential duties until Marcos takes over.

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Then in November last year, we busted the stories with headlines claiming that Marcos will finally become VP in 2018. Netizens also hit the tarpaulin in an event during the same month which described Marcos as “Vice President of the Philippines (To Be).”

And just a few days ago, these fake stories about Marcos as VP have been re-shared by many Duterte and Marcos fan pages on Facebook.

On January 11, Facebook page “Pres. Duterte Online Warriors” shared the story with the headline “Sa Wakas! Uupo Na Si Vice President Bongbong Marcos Ngayon 2018! Panoorin” and the post got shared over 1,200 times.

The other fan pages that shared these fake stories about Marcos’ alleged win as VP include “Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos,” “Duterte NewsBreak,” “Politics News,” and “Sunda Si Digong,” among other pages.

But no matter how fan pages keep on sharing these fake stories about Marcos being proclaimed as the vice president this year, it won’t change the fact that the vote recount is yet to start next month.

Sources: ( gmanetwork.com )

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