A lot of fake articles about Senator Leila De Lima have been shared on Facebook and it doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. In fact, another fake story about the lady senator has surfaced online and gained over 1,700 shares after it was posted by Facebook fan page “President Duterte Supporters Worldwide.”
Based on the title, the article claimed that De Lima unashamedly claimed that she can buy anything and that people shouldn’t care where she got her money. The title even made it seem like the statement was a direct quote from the senator herself.
The article was picked up by pinoyspeak.info, which is in our list of fake news and satire sites. But when we clicked on the article, we found out that it does not contain any text content, only a YouTube video that is 13 minutes and 56 seconds long.
The video was a combination of several video clips from reports about how Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II revealed that De Lima has gained P12 to P15 billion pesos from the drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison, an amount that has dwarfed what Janet Lim-Napoles reportedly earned from her PDAF scam.
The other video clips were about how De Lima walked out during one of the Senate hearings into the extrajudicial killings after Senator Richard Gordon accused her of material concealment for not revealing that self-confessed DDS hitman Edgar Matobato was charged with kidnapping. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV later revealed that Matobato himself talked about the kidnapping charge when he was questioned by Gordon.
All throughout the video, we did not hear the statement cited in the title that was allegedly uttered by De Lima – “Kaya kung bilhin lahat wala kayong pakialam san galing pera ko.”
This meant that pinoyspeak.info, and the other blogs that published the article, such as dutertemedia.com, du30global.com, balitangpinas.net, trendingnewsportal-ph.blogspot.com, pinoyworld.ne, and more, just used a misleading title to draw readers to their websites.
This also meant that the Facebook fan pages like “President Duterte Supporters Worldwide,” “Rodrigo Duterte Lines,” “Trending News Global,” and “Duterte Parallel Organization-Tagumpay ng Pagbabago” were also sharing an article that they did not even bother checking.
You might notice that the three Facebook pages even shared the misleading article on January 10 at the exact same time, 11:11pm.
We have busted several articles before that used misleading, irrelevant titles to deceive their readers. Good examples would be articles such as De Lima resigning as a senator, former Interior Secretary and presidential candidate Mar Roxas filing charges against President Rodrigo Duterte for shaming generals, former President Benigno Aquino III promising to replace Duterte if the latter gets impeached, and De Lima paying Matobato to ruin Duterte, among other articles.
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