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Busted: Kasado na ang impeachment laban kay Robredo? Misleading title!

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Some netizens and Facebook groups are rejoicing over the idea that the impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo has been filed. This is what the headline “Sa Wakas Kasado Na Ang Inihaing Impeachment Complaint Laban Kay VP Leni Robredo!”

It was shared by Facebook pages such as “Kuya Erwin Tol,” which earned 1,200 shares, “Pres. Rody Duterte Worldwide Supporters,” “Duterte News Media,” “Duterte-Marcos Loyalist,” “Todayinmanila Ph,” and “Marcos Warriors,” among others.

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The headline was carried by blogs such as newsmediaph.com, pinoybalita.net, du30newsglobal.com, and more. When you click on any of these blogs’ links, you will find a YouTube video that is almost 17 minutes long, showing some parts of the press conference of lawyer Bruce Rivera, one of the members of the Impeach Leni Movement.

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Rivera told the media about furnishing a certain lawmaker’s office with a copy of their impeachment complaint against Robredo. During the press conference, he said that the lawmaker might already be filing the complaint.

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After giving a few details as to their group’s reasons for filing the impeachment complaint against Robredo, Rivera told the reporters: “So with that alone, we actually filed the impeachment and it is with the congressman who you will know in the future.”

A reporter asked, “Di pa ngayon?” and Rivera responded by saying, “Baka ngayon pina-file na niya. Hindi natin alam kasi we left everything to his office. We signed everything, left it to him, or her.”

Rivera later admitted that his group was actually relying on a male lawmaker’s endorsement of their impeachment complaint against the Vice President.

On May 1, the Impeach Leni Movement’s FB page posted a photo of Rivera and the other complainants, saying that they will file the complaint versus Robredo on May 2 at 1pm.

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However, the group’s plan to officially file the complaint was marred with the confusion caused by the denial of one lawmaker about his links to the Impeach Leni Movement. PBA Party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles said that he doesn’t even know lawyers Rivera and another complainant, lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles, who dropped the complaint documents by his office on May 2. Both parties later chalked the incident to a simple “miscommunication,” with Nograles emphasizing that he really had “no prior knowledge about this complaint.”

Most of the Facebook pages that posted the misleading title bore this caption: “Sa wakas, ito na mga ka BBM/DDS!! Ang pinakahihintay nating impeachment complaint laban kay VP Leni pormal nang inihain.. Susuporta ba kayo sa impeachment complaint na ito mga kababayan? Share if you do”

The misleading headline and the celebratory caption might have been done with the assumption that at least one lawmaker would readily endorse the impeachment complaint against Robredo. However, not one lawmaker showed up on May 2.

On May 4, the Office of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez confirmed that it has received the impeachment complaint against Robredo. However, no member of Congress has made the move to endorse the complaint.

The 1987 Philippine Constitution Any Filipino citizen can initiate an impeachment against a public official, but it will only be officially filed at the House of Representatives if a lawmaker endorses the document of the complaint.

As of the morning of May 5, no lawmaker from Congress has come forward to endorse the impeachment complaint against the VP. This means no formal complaint has been officially filed against Robredo, which further meant that the title used by several Duterte and Marcos support pages on Facebook is clearly misleading.

Marcos loyalists, lawyer Oliver Lozano and radio broadcaster Melchor Chavez, also filed an impeachment complaint against Robredo in March, but their complaint encountered the same problem of not getting an endorsement from a House member. Technically, there is no impeachment complaint filed against the Vice President yet.

Sources: ( newsinfo.inquirer.net , 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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