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Busted: Imee Marcos’ staff spreads false rumor about La Salle requiring NSTP students to attend anti-Marcos rally  

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Many of those who attended the protests against the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani were college students. But Marcos loyalists tried to pass off the attendance of some of the protesters as something that was forced, required, mandatory. Others even accused the protesters for attending the rallies in exchange for money.

But one rumor that has gone viral for it being an #epicfail came from a certain Richard Camarinta Dy, who claimed that La Salle required its NSTP students to attend the anti-Marcos rally on November 30.

Facebook user Carmel Puertollano told the whole story behind Dy’s lies by taking screen captures of Dy’s post, allegedly from someone who sent him a message, another Facebook user who shared it, and Dy’s profile page. She also debunked Dy’s claims one by one.

His biggest epic fail would be his lie about someone else sending a tip to him about La Salle using its students to fill the anti-Marcos rally. Puertollano posted a photo of the tip, as per Dy, but the message is in a blue box, which meant that he sent that message to himself, hence the caption: “Admin y u post ur own message.”

La Salle NSTP Anti Marcos Rally

Puertollano also posted a screenshot of an email from La Salle’s Center for Social Concern & Action informing students about NSTP 101 Orientation Make-up Session. She emphasized how this email only talked about “orientation” and not “enrollment.”

La Salle NSTP Anti Marcos Rally

And another Facebook user shared Dy’s message to a Facebook page dedicated to Marcos loyalists.

La Salle NSTP Anti Marcos Rally

And there it is, Dy’s profile page. Puertollano even highlighted the part about Dy being a Imee Marcos’ regional coordinator at the governor’s office.

La Salle NSTP Anti Marcos Rally

Aside from those screenshots, Puertollano also pointed out several things that made Dy’s claims look like an even bigger lie.

1. Rally hours won’t likely be enough to fill NSTP hours. That is, if the course is even offered this semester.

“Halos patapos na ang term at per partner community ang registration ng hours ng students. Processing sessions nalang ata ang natira sa NSTP… yan ay KUNG meron mang offered now. Kaya wag ka nang umasa na mababawi ng pagrally mo yung kulang mong hours.”

2. Most of the La Salle delegation during the rally left at around 7:30 in the evening and that the school’s officially sanctioned activities always come with an adult to watch over the students.

“As early as 7:30pm, nag-alisan na ang DLSP delegation. Huli na yung group namin (me + LFC Community) nung 8:30pm, ayon sa aming security officers. So paano le-late night ang Lasallian rallyists kung wala na ang mga bantay nila eh university protocol yun na pag officially sanctioned by the school, dapat may adult. Unless inadvance mo ang Happy Thursday mo nung Miyerkules… and even then di ka na kargo ng school kasi choice mo na yon. At kung pinilit ka, bakit hinintay mo pa yung rally?! Dapat agad-agad.”

3. Several blocks of La Salle NSTP students would not have fit inside the university bus.

“Kung nirequire kayo sa NSTP, malamang, di pa kayo kinaya nung iisang bus na laan para sa lahat ng DLSU pumunta. Because hello, ilang blocks kayo? Eh puro the usuals ang nakita ko dun. Nasaan ang hakot? Nasaan ang waivers nyo? Resibo please — yung tunay ha. Yung notarized ha para pwede kang kasuhan pag pineke mo yung dokumento. I double dare you. Actually, kahit pumunta ka pa sa opisina ko. Tutulungan pa kitang magfile ng reklamo KUNG totoo yan. As in escalate pa more levels to the highest power pa. So don’t me, bes.”

4. It is impractical for La Salle to bring thousands of students to the rally and to assign several adults to supervise them.

“Napakaimpraktikal naman na magdala ng libu-libong estudyante sa isang rally na iilan lang ang adults na pwede at willing sumama. Bes, di na yun fun. Di na ako siguro nakasing-along sa Moonstar at kay Jim Paredes nun kung ganon, kakaalaga sa inyo. I criiii na siguro peg ko nun.”

5. If NSTP students were indeed required to attend, the number of protesters would have easily doubled.

“Nakita mo ba yung unang post ng mga ka-DDS na konti lang tao sa rally? (Kasi naman nung umpisa lang yon) Siguro kung kasama ang mga frosh, doble pa nun ang bilang at di pa nagyabang ang mga yun na di naman people power kuno yun.”

6. La Salle NSTP course does not have a professor, but does have area coordinators and facilitators. It starts in January 2017 and NSTP students don’t take the bus; they take the jeepneys.

“Walang prof sa NSTP. Facilitators at area coordinators lang. At wait lang… parang first term palang ngayon so malamang, orientation palang sila at wala pang NSTP itself. Kumbaga, pipili palang dapat sila if CWTS or ROTC. OMG THIS REALIZATION PALANG TALO KA NA BES. Sige nga dun sa plus points eh wala namang grade for an orientation course. So basic, but you don’t know it kasi YOU DON’T EVEN GO HERE. HAHAHAHAHA. JANUARY pa po ang start ng NSTP. At saka di nga nagbubus ang DLSU students sa NSTP. JEEP LANG BES. At very laylayan ang sites. Which is not White Plains. Hahaha!”

7. NSTP field trips and off-campus activities must be scheduled by August. La Salle couldn’t have guessed that the dictator would be sneakily buried by his family on November 18.

“All required field trips or off-campus activities have to be declared by August. Hello, November 18 nilibing si Marcos. Galing naman namin makasubmit ng detalye sa CHED kung ganon. Ano yun? Manghuhula na kami, ganon?”

8. The NSTP grade does not affect a Lasallian’s Grade Point Average.

“Wala pong bearing ang NSTP sa Grade Point Average so bakit magpapatukso ang students sa incentives?”

9. La Salle values “democracy and academic freedom.”

“Kahit kailan, never naman namilit ang DLSU bilang institusyon na pumanig ka sa paniniwala nila always. Like hello, democracy and academic freedom. Tanungin mo pa yung mga prof dyan na salungat ang opinyon sa pamantasan, di naman sila inaano. Kaya wag ka ring mang-ano.”

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Puertollano commended Dy for creating such a great story, even suggesting that he start a Wattpad account.

“Pero grabe ha. Galing mo magsulat ng fiction, bes. Open ka na ng Wattpad account mo at ifafollow kita. Lagay ka ng disclaimer ha: ang lahat nang ito ay kathang-isip ko lamang,” she said.

She also dared whoever is going to accuse La Salle of anything to do so with backup proof and facts.

“At kung titirahin mo ang institusyon na mahal ko, be sure to prepare your resibo and facts, or else, I will make sure you will be so grilled na daig pa ang isaw sa Noel’s,” she added.

Puertollano also pointed out how the admin of the Facebook page took a screenshot of his own message.

She also gave on trivia to those who are unfamiliar with La Salle.

“We don’t call them freshmen. Froshies sila hahaha. Yun lang, bes. Salamat,” Puertollano said.

 

On top of Puertollano’s debunking of Dy’s lies, De La Salle University’s Center for Social Concern and Action also denied his accusations.

“There is no truth to such allegations. We have no NSTP classes this term. NSTP classes will only start in January 2017 (Term 2),” the center said.

The school is also discussing possible actions against the source of this rumor.

 

Sources(gmanetwork.com, thelasallian.com, facebook.com, web.facebook.com)

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

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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 philippineinsidernews.blogspot.com.

The story was also picked up by other blogs, such as balita1.altervista.org, weblogph.tk, and realspotnews.info 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, philippineinsidernews.blogspot.com.

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

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“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 philnewscourier.blogspot.com.

Sources: ( www.rappler.comtwitter.com )

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