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



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.


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.



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



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

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.


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.

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



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 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.


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.

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Busted: Hollywood actor laughed at Robredo for copying his Independence Day movie speech? It’s fake news!



After Vice President Leni Robredo’s recent “Free the Courts” speech at UP Diliman on May 7, articles abound about how a Hollywood actor laughed at her for copying his speech in a movie.

Actor Bill Pullman, who played the role of a fictional US president in the movie Independence Day, allegedly laughed at the Philippine VP for copying the speech he made during the movie. This is according to the May 8 story on the blog

The story was also picked up by other blogs, such as,, and and shared by Facebook pages, such as Philippine News Courier, Trending News Today, and Like for Donations, among others.

Based on these stories online, Pullman was said to have reacted to a meme made by blogger RJ Nieto, a.k.a. Thinking Pinoy, comparing Pullman’s character’s speech and Robredo’s speech. The actor was shown to have tweeted his reaction to TP’s meme, saying “Creative and very well done. Gave me a good laught this morning.” It was also time-stamped “20m,” marking that the screenshot was made 20 minutes after the tweet went live.

While the time-stamp made it seem like Pullman’s alleged tweet was made recently, it actually wasn’t. The text in Pullman’s tweet that was used in the story above was real, but he posted that tweet in reaction to a completely different thing, not Robredo’s speech. He tweeted that on February 22, 2018 when he reacted to a YouTube video “Lone Starr A Spaceballs TEASER. – Han Solo a Star Wars Story Style.”

But the misleading story did not end there! It even had a Part Two bearing the title “Robredo Won’t Apologize for Copying Bill Pullman Speech at Independence Day Movie” published on May 9 by the same blog,

In this story, statements were attributed to Robredo’s spokesperson, Georgina Hernandez, who allegedly reacted to Pullman’s reaction to Robredo’s speech.


“The OVP [Office of the Vice President] categorically deny allegations that VP Leni Robredo copied her recent speech from the movie Independence Day. The message might be the same, but the difference in words is very obvious. The vice president also spoke from her heart, and there was no prepared speech for her.”

“The vice president believes that the accusation is only a strategy of her critics to divert the public’s attention from the real issue. It is very clear that the present administration is doing everything to silent its critics, and is using the Constitution in the wrong way. Therefore, the vice president needs to fight against the dictatorship.”

But in Rappler’s fact-checking report, Hernandez denied making the statements above.

“Those statements did not come from me. Definitely fake news,” she said in a text message to Rappler.

While there are similarities in Robredo’s speech and Pullman’s speech while playing his character in the movie, Pullman did not make a reaction over this. His February 2018 tweet was edited to mislead people. Robredo, unlike the claims of the second part of the story, also did not react to this fake news involving Pullman.

This is not the first fake story that the Facebook page Philippine News Courier has helped spread on social media. The said page also shared the fake stories about the late Playboy founder Hugh Heffner donating $5 million to Duterte’s anti-drug campaign, the Supreme Court ordering Kris Aquino to return Imelda Marcos’ diamond necklace, former Senator Bongbong Marcos leading over Robredo by 1,786 votes in the first week of the VP vote recount, and more. The page is also associated to the fake news site

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