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Busted: ICC prosecutor ibinasura ang complaint ni Trillanes? Fake news alert!

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Some Duterte fan pages shared articles about how the complaint filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV against President Duterte before the International Criminal Court has been dismissed. The President’s supporters are hailing this piece of good news!

The common caption used in sharing the articles went like this:

“GOOD NEWS mga ka DDS!

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR IBINASURA ANG COMPLAINT NI TRILLANES!

Panoorin nyo po ang video Kabayan.Anong masasabi nyo rito? E Share po natin para malaman ng iba. #ShareNatin”

The story was published by blogs such as philippinebalitadaily.com, newsglobal.world, duterte24seven.blogspot.com, du30mediaph.info, and du30worldwidenews.info, among others.

There is no lengthy text included in the story published on the blogs above, but you’ll find a 43-minute video in it.

This is what the YouTube video was all about:

  • Senator Trillanes on the phone interview about how he expected presidential spokesman to belittle the ICC complaint filed against President Duterte
  • Trillanes said that Atty. Jude Sabio can likely afford to file a case against Duterte before the ICC at The Hague as he can pay for his round-trip tickets and access the files he needed to support his complaint against the Philippine president. It should be noted that Sabio filed the criminal case against Duterte on April 24, 2017.
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  • MindaVote and MindaNation author Carlos Munda talked about the ICC complaint against Duterte, the importance of letting the President’s supporters know more about the implications of the complaint for Duterte and his presidency, what the ICC is, and what the controversies are involving the ICC. Munda also discussed how the ICC will likely not pursue a case against Duterte because the cases in the complaint were already investigated in PH, how Duterte’s supporters should not worry about the complaint leading to the President’s ouster because the ICC has no jurisdiction over it and other reasons, and how the Filipinos will stage a revolution if Robredo becomes president if something would happen to Duterte. He also urged the people to start campaigning against potential Liberal Party candidates in the 2019 elections and how he means it when he curses against people. He wrapped up his video reaction with a summary of why he believed the ICC will not act on the complaint against Duterte – the cases against Duterte were already probed without charges filed against the President. He said that Duterte’s supporters must focus on destroying LP politically to stop them from destroying the current administration.

There was nothing in the video that said what the headline was saying – that the ICC indeed dismissed the complaint against President Duterte. It was merely about Trillanes’ reaction to Sabio filing the complaint against Duterte and Munda reacting to it and giving his opinion on how the ICC will likely not act on the complaint against the Philippine president.

Aside from the fact that the first few minutes of the video was about Sabio’s ICC complaint against Duterte and not Trillanes,’ as what was mentioned in the headline, the image featured on the YouTube video showed Trillanes and Argentinian lawyer Luis Moreno Ocampo, probably to try and mislead whoever was about to watch the video.

Ocampo was the first ICC prosecutor when he was first elected to head the ICC in April 2003 and was sworn in for a nine-year, non-renewable term in June 2003. His term in office ended in June 2012, when he was replaced by Fatou Bensouda of Gambia, the current ICC prosecutor.

This meant that featuring Ocampo’s image in the featured image of the story was irrelevant to the headline’s claim because he can no longer decide whether to dismiss the complaint against Duterte or not.

Despite the lack of official report on ICC’s action on the complaint filed against President Duterte and the other inconsistencies pointed out, the articles are still being shared on Facebook by some individual users and Facebook pages such as “Tatay Digong Global Supporters,” “OFW Duterte Supporters,” “Astig Duterte Supporters,” “Duterte Para sa Pagbabago,” “Duterte Administration – 2016 to Present,” “Dutertards,” “Sara Duterte Supporters,” “Duterte Pangako ng Pagbabago,” “Inday Sara Duterte Supporters,” “Pres. Duterte Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago,” and more.

Some of Duterte’s supporters readily believed the false headline.

But at least someone noticed that the headline was misleading and was not afraid to voice it out in the comments section of Dutertards’ Facebook post.

This is not the first story that tried to paint the ICC communication against Duterte as something that did not flourish. In May, Sabio said that the communication, the correct term instead of “complaint,” he filed is “not dead” despite UN Ambassador Teodoro Locsin Jr.’s statement that UN Special Rapporteur’s visit to the Philippines in May rendered the potential case “dead as a door nail.”

“Nothing in the Rome Statute serves as legal basis to assert that the special rapporteur’s visit will render my ICC communication as dead. Any suggestion that it is rendered dead is legally preposterous,” Sabio told the Philippine Star via text message.

“Certainly, the ICC communication is still alive and kicking in the hands of the prosecutor of ICC, who will apply independently legal standards under the Rome Statute, free from political pressures or instructions from external sources,” he added.

There have been several fake news about the ICC communication filed against Duterte, too, some of which we have debunked. These fake stories include ICC Prosecutor Bensouda saying there was no evidence warranting Duterte’s prosecution, Oxford law professor saying Duterte cannot be prosecuted by the ICC because of his high approval ratings, Sabio’s communication being dismissed, and Duterte being issued a warrant of arrest.

Sources: ( philstar.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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