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Busted: FB page wishes hostaged Catholic priest ‘mapugutan ka sana ng ulo’ after wrongly assuming he staged anti-Duterte rally

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Facebook page “Batangueños Duterte-Cayetano – Independent Volunteer Group” cursed a Catholic priest to die in the hands of the local terrorists Maute group after assuming that he once held a rally calling for President Rodrigo Duterte’s resignation.

The Duterte-Cayetano support page posted two photos of a bearded man along with this caption:

“HULI KA BALBON!!!!!!! WALANG LIHIM NA D NABUBUNYAG!!!! XA PO UN KATOLIKONG PARI NA VERY VOCAL AT SUMAMA SA RALLY NA ME GAMET NA MEGAPHONE NA PINAG RI RESIGN ANG PANGULONG DUTERTE!!!!! ISA PO XA BAYARAN NG MGA LP O KULTONG DILAW!!!! AKALA NINYO MALOLOKO NINYO ANG MGA TAO!!!! MAPUGUTAN KA SANA NG ULO NG MGA TERORISTANG ISIS!!!! GINAGAMET NINYO ANG ISIS SA INYONG MGA KABUKTUTAN AT KAWALANGHIYAAN!!!! KAYO ANG PAKAWALA NILA TRILLANES AT DELIMA!!!!!! SHARE NINYO ITO MGA KA DDS!!!! DAPAT MAKARATING ITO SA MALACANANG!!!!”

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The people behind the page are wishing that the priest be beheaded after holding an anti-Duterte rally. So, anyone who opposes Duterte deserves to be beheaded? Is this what the page is getting at?

With over 6,000 shares, as of writing, Facebook page “Imong Kagaral” also used the same two sets of photos and captioned them with this:

“PARI NA BIHAG KUNO NG MGA MAUTE ISA SA MGA NANANAWAGAN NA RESIGN DUTERTE,, NAGTATAKA LANG AKO HA YUNG ORDINARYONG MGA KRISTYANO PINUPUGUTAN NG MGA MAUTE PERO ITONG PARI NA ITO MAY GANA PANG MANAWAGAN NA IBIGAY LAHAT NG KAHILINGAN NG MGA MAUTE!! HINDI KAYA MAGKASABWAT ITONG PARING ITO AT MAUTE KASAMA MGA KULTONG DILAW???”

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Upon closer look, Meme Buster found out that the bearded men in the two photos are actually two different men. The man holding a megaphone beside a “Du30 Resign Now Na!!!” banner is Alexander Katigbak.

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And these photos that he uploaded on his own Facebook page are proof enough that it was him who staged an Duterte resign now rally.

Katigbak actually called for the Alay Lakad on February 1 via his Facebook page to call for the President’s resignation.

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The photo of Katigbak holding a megaphone beside the Duterte Resign banner circulated on Facebook in February.

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And the other bearded man in the photos used by the Facebook pages above is the Catholic priest Rev. Fr. Teresito “Chito” Suganob from the Prelature of St. Mary, who was taken hostaged by the Maute Group in Marawi City, along with more than 200 hostages.

It is true that Suganob appealed to Duterte via a video posted by the Facebook page “Bisaya News” to give the terrorists what they are asking for.

“Mr. President, we are in the midst of this war. We are asking your help to please give what your enemies are asking for,” the priest said.

He added that he enemies are asking the President to withdraw the “forces away from Lanao del Sur and Marawi City and to stop the airstrikes, your air attacks and to stop the canyon.”

“We want to live another day, we want to live another month, we want to live a few years. And in your generosity, Mr. President, in your heart, we know you can make something,” Suganob said in the video.

Facebook user Thin Tine posted a clarification about how different the two bearded men are, along with a collage of their photos.

Last May 30, a video was posted in social media showing the abducted priest in Marawi, Rev. Fr. Chito Soganub asking President Duterte to let the Military peacefully leave the city. Just some hours later, malicious posts and comments have been bombarded by numerous netizens.

Most of them saying awful judgments. But wait, he was CAPTIVE along with others whom he wants to protect! This was something some impulsive netizens did not consider.

But it didn’t end there, they have posted a picture of a man (whom was later on discovered to be ALEXANDER KATIGBAK, an active critic of Pres. Duterte in social media) *Please click the link that follows to know more about him. Click Here!
whom they MISLEADINGLY ASSOCIATE AS father chito, which in turn creates further confusion and damage most specially to the family of our dear priest.

But to everyone who personally knows Fr. Chito knows how clearly it wasn’t him who was on the circulating pictures. Yes, it can’t be denied that they have some similarities but these similarities apparently were used by wicked people to discredit him and make an issue out of the chaos.

  1. CHITO is our beloved priest who promotes dialogue of life and faith between Muslims and Christians in Marawi City! He is not that someone you spread him to be.

At this very moment he needs our SINCERE PRAYERS NOT IRRATIONAL JUDGMENTS.

Please, let us be instruments of PEACE and NOT OF CHAOS! Let us pray for Marawi, let us pray for Mindanao!

(Kindly look at the photo. The two photos in the upper part are the faces of Mr. Alexander Katigbak. The two on the lower one are the faces of Fr. Chito)

Sources: ( pagadiandiocese.org , cnnphilippines.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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