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Busted: Korean reporter called Duterte “the best president of all time”? But Korean news has no subtitles!



A certain blog,, has boldly claimed that a a Korean reporter has  hailed President Rodrigo Duterte as “the best president of all time.”

The headline goes, “Viral na viral ngayon sa buong mundo na si President Duterte ang pinakamagaling na president at all time sabi ng Korean reporter.”

The blog was also shared on Facebook by several pro-Duterte pages, like this one.

Korean Reporter Called Duterte

The page claimed how impressed the Korean reporter was of Duterte that he even called the Filipino president as the best president in the world. The caption went on to say that the commendations are based on the fact that Duterte was true to his promises about catching drug lords, rapists and other criminals. The post also called for Duterte’s supporters to share this news to let everybody know about what the President did.

So, what exactly did the Korean reporter say about Duterte?

If you visit the blog, you’ll find a Facebook video of MBC News, a news program of a South Korean TV and radio networks.


The problem is that if you don’t speak Korean, you won’t understand anything that the Korean anchorman said in the news report that was uploaded to Facebook on August 1. There are no English subtitles at all.

What you can just see are pictures of a congested Philippine jail, video clips of a PNP operation, crime scenes of killings in the country, and drug suspects lining up to surrender. It also features a portion of Duterte’s SONA when he said his famous quote about not stopping campaign against drug personalities until the last one is put behind bars or “below the ground if they so wish.”

If you click on the “See Translation” on MBC News’s Facebook post, you’ll get a confusing English translation.

Korean Reporter Called Duterte Translation

According to Google Translate, MBC’s Facebook post translates to this.

Korean Reporter Called Duterte Translation

Some of the Filipinos in the comments section tried to explain what the Korean anchorman was saying, but we obviously cannot verify if what they are saying is true. Other Filipinos suggested reading the Koreans’ comments by clicking on “See Translation” to understand how they are taking this news.

Comments on Korean Reporter Called Duterte Translation

But among the comments from the Koreans, someone mentioned something about “human rights” and “innocent people,” if the translations are accurate.

Comments on Korean Reporter Called Duterte Translation

Some Facebook users complained about the news having no subtitle, though, while others expressed their confusion.

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Another pro-Duterte Facebook page, Duterte Warriors, also posted the same MBC News, but with a variation of the other blog’s title as it says, “Duterte Top 1 at isa sa pinakamagaling na Presidente ng kasaysayan sa lahat ng bansa.”

Korean Reporter Called Duterte top 1

As expected of his supporters, they showed their support and agreement with the post. As of writing, it has earned 20,000 reactions, more than 10,300 shares, and 978 comments.

And they obviously believed what the blog was claiming, judging from their comments.

Comments on Korean Reporter Called Duterte Translation

When someone voiced out that it’s too soon for him to get that title, Duterte supporters branded him as “bitter.”

Comments on Korean Reporter Called Duterte Translation

Duterte’s avid supporters might believe in the blogs’ claims, but there are just too many reasons to doubt those claims.

  1. Subtitles please?

We cannot verify whether the Korean anchorman really commended Duterte with the glorious title of being “the best president of all time,” as the blog claimed. Did he really go all out in praising Duterte or was he simply reporting the developments in Duterte’s war against drugs, leading to the congestion in city jails and the killings? We can come up with so many interpretations of the Korean report because we don’t understand a single thing that was said in it.

Here’s to hoping that whoever wrote the blog title asked for an accurate English translation of the Korean news report. Otherwise, they are simply deceiving the Filipinos, which is something that has happened since the election.

  1. Koreans’ comments

Some of the Koreans may have good things to say about Duterte, based solely on the broken translation we saw in the comments section, but were all of them praising Duterte? As we went through the comments’ section, there were also Koreans who mentioned something about “innocent people” and “human rights.” They could have been concerned about the killings too, like some Filipinos are.

  1. Too soon

The title that the blog claimed to have been used to describe Duterte, as one commenter said, might have been given to him too soon. He just passed his first month in office as the President and now he’s considered “the best of all time”? You can even ask Google for a ranking and you won’t find Duterte’s name in there. There has never been an official ranking of the best presidents in the world. Would the Korean anchorman be so bold to bestow that title to Duterte? We guess not.

  1. Ramon Magsaysay as possibly the best Filipino president

If someone came close to being revered by the masses, the title could have gone to Ramon Magsaysay, who even got the nickname of “Idol of the Masses” or “Champion of the Masses.” FilipiKnow enumerated 6 reasons why Magsaysay can be considered as the best Filipino President in this article.

Some have compared Magsaysay and Duterte, like Mindanao Times’ June 15, 2016 article that said, “Magsaysay’s administration has been considered to be one of the cleanest and corruption-free in history – a feat that may be equaled or even surpassed by the incoming administration.” We can only hope that Duterte’s administration will be able to keep up with this level of expectation.

It’s good to feel optimistic about the current administration, but Duterte still has a long way to go until his term ends. Only then will we be able to evaluate if he could live up to the title of being a great president, but isn’t it too much too soon to call him “the best president of all time?” We can call him out, if needed, and commend him for his achievements, but let us not exaggerate things and mislead the people.

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Busted: Nostradamus predicted Duterte’s victory? Even Mocha Uson shared this story in 2016



Stories about how the French seer Nostradamus, or Michel de Nostredame, allegedly predicted President Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency in the Philippines have resurfaced, but are Nostradamus predictions really true?

Facebook pages such as “Duterte News Everywhere,” “Duterte News Portal” and “Duterte” were among those pages that re-shared the stories on January 12 and 13.

They shared stories published by blogs such as,, and

We checked the other contents on these blogs and these are the things that we discovered from each blog:


  1. With, we found it sharing the fake story about Miss Universe 2017 Demi-leigh Nel-Peters saying she dreamt of working with Duterte; how the CHR will help the suspect in the killing of an OFW’s wife and daughter; Senator Risa Hontiveros wanting to help female driver Cherish Interior against bashers and her insulting Bacolod, among others.

  1. The blog philrepublicnews,com has published several fake, dubious stories on its site, including the made-up story about Hontiveros helping Cherish Interior to file cyberbullying charges against her bashers; how the results of the VP poll recount has been released by the Comelec; and the conspiracy theory about how it was not actually the late Senator Ninoy Aquino who was shot at the tarmac when his plane landed in Manila.

  1. seems to be a relatively new site, with some stories having misleading headlines. For instance, there was an article with a headline claiming that South Korea “will be” the Philippines’ third telecommunications company when there is no certainty yet that a South Korean firm will take the slot.

If these blog did not bother verifying the veracity of some of its articles’ claims, it might have done the same thing when it published the story about Nostradamus’ alleged predictions about Duterte and the Philippines, too.

This is what one of the blogs claimed Nostradamus said about Duterte and the Philippines, complete with their interpretation of what the seer allegedly said.

However, we also found that the same blog,, has this disclaimer that says, “This website cannot guarantee the legitimacy of some of the information contributed to us. You may do additional research if you find some information doubtful. Thank you for being considerate.”

It meant that even the blog that is spreading the story about Nostradamus predicting that Duterte would become the Philippines’ next leader is not 100% guaranteed legitimate or accurate.

This prediction story first went viral in 2016.

Even Duterte supporter and now Communications Asec. Mocha Uson shared the prediction in 2016.

“Nakakatakot naman ito, matagal na palang napredict ng isang magaling na propeta na is Nostradamus ang mangyayari sa Pilipinas at kasama si Duterte sa mga prediksyong ito!” she wrote in her Facebook post on May 15, 2016.

But if you click on the link to the story by, the page no longer exists.

MemeBuster previously debunked a story about this Nostradamus prediction and how Duterte was allegedly called a “messiah” but the story came from the satirical site

And it seemed like many of Nostradamus’ alleged predictions have been misinterpreted and forcefully linked to some significant happenings in the world, including the 9/11 attack, Hitler’s leadership, Louis Pasteur and his discovery, and more. But the seer’s predictions and their alleged links to said events have been debunked by Listverse.

Fact-checking site Snopes also debunked a few of the predictions that were attributed to Nostradamus, including those about 9/11, former US President Barack Obama, former George W. Bush’s election, and more.

This is what Snopes has to say about Nostradamus’ quatrains and how they allegedly predicted various events in the world:

“The French physician and astrologer Nostradamus (1503-1566) penned numerous quatrains populated by obscure imagery that the credulous have ever after attempted to fit to the events of their times. These predictions can often ring somewhat true because the images employed are so general they can be found in almost every event of import, but by the same token the prophecies are never dead-on fits because the wordings are far too general. Not that this stops anyone from believing in them; our society’s need for mysticism runs far too deep to ever allow for that.”

After having debunked several of Nostradamus’ alleged predictions, what Snopes is trying to say is that many of the French astrologer’s rhymes were forcefully interpreted and translated to seemingly fit the major happenings in the world, ending in what is essentially a fabrication, a fake prediction.


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Busted: Duterte wants to ban public cursing? Not true at all!



President Rodrgio Duterte allegedly wanted to ban yet another thing – public cursing. But wouldn’t he be among the first violators of his own policy since he himself loves to curse during his impromptu speeches?

Well, there won’t be any violation if he does not want to implement such a policy in the first place. Stories about him wanting to ban public cursing came from a fake news site, which even categorized this particular story as “Satire and Humor.”

Duterte allegedly cursed the parents of children who are prolific in cursing, with a statement attributed to him: “Putang ina kala mo kung makapagmura alam nila ang ginagawa nila. Yong mga iresponsableng magulang ang dapat sisihin dito pero kailagan ding disiplinahin ang mga bata. Ipagbabawal ko yuan, yong pag mumura… pag nahuli kulong agad.. walang minor minor sa akin, putang inang human rights yan.”

The story further claimed that President Duterte also praised his controversial granddaughter Isabelle Duterte for being better than him when it comes to using expletives.

A screenshot of Isabelle calling people who believed that she is still 15 years old as “dumbf*cks” went viral in December 2017.

Just like how the story tagged the story as “satire,” it is indeed a made-up story. The only thing that is somewhat true in all of its claims is the fact that Duterte promised a few times before that he would stop cursing in public and stop directing those curses at other people.


Duterte obviously failed to deliver what he promised, given how some of his speeches are still worth censoring because of some curses in between. He once cursed Pope Francis for being the cause of traffic that left him stranded for hours in the capital and directed some curses at former US President Barack Obama over human rights issues. He also cursed New York Times over criticisms of his drug war, UN special rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard, and actor Gabby Concepcion, albeit by mistake, when he meant to curse ABS-CBN Chairman Gabby Lopez.

Some Facebook pages, as usual, did not bother checking the source of the story or verifying its claims.

“CTPG Philippines,” “Trending To,” and “Pinoy Observer,” among other pages, still shared the story despite its dubious source.

The story was picked up by the blog newstv.5com, which seems to be trying to mimic TV’s news site, and which has published other fake stories before, such as activist Renato Reyes’ son crashing a sports car, Senator Bam Aquino blaming “Ang Probinsyano” for former Senator Lito Lapid’s inclusion in a survey’s ‘Magic 12’ list,  and Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano scolding an elderly woman for posting about his niece’s lost wallet.

It also turned out that’s story on Duterte’s alleged ban on public cursing came from the fake news site, which has published a lot of fake stories on its site.

During the presidential campaign, Duterte once made a deal with Davao Archbishop and now CBCP President Romulo Valles to pay P1,000 for every curse word he makes in public and the funds would go to Caritas Davao.

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Busted: Several Facebook fan pages keep on sharing fake stories about Marcos winning as VP



Despite how many fake stories we have debunked about how former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has been proclaimed as the real vice president of the Philippines, several Facebook fan pages still keep on sharing such stories.

Earlier this week, Marcos said that he won’t run for senator in 2019 because he already won as vice president.

But Marcos made that remark even before the vote recount in connection with his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo is set to start this February, as decided by the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.

In September last year, we busted a fake story came out about how the Supreme Court allegedly favored Marcos in his electoral protest, but as what has been mentioned earlier, the VP vote recount won’t start until February this year.

In October 2017, we debunked yet another fake story claiming that Robredo said she will continue to fulfill her vice presidential duties until Marcos takes over.


Then in November last year, we busted the stories with headlines claiming that Marcos will finally become VP in 2018. Netizens also hit the tarpaulin in an event during the same month which described Marcos as “Vice President of the Philippines (To Be).”

And just a few days ago, these fake stories about Marcos as VP have been re-shared by many Duterte and Marcos fan pages on Facebook.

On January 11, Facebook page “Pres. Duterte Online Warriors” shared the story with the headline “Sa Wakas! Uupo Na Si Vice President Bongbong Marcos Ngayon 2018! Panoorin” and the post got shared over 1,200 times.

The other fan pages that shared these fake stories about Marcos’ alleged win as VP include “Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos,” “Duterte NewsBreak,” “Politics News,” and “Sunda Si Digong,” among other pages.

But no matter how fan pages keep on sharing these fake stories about Marcos being proclaimed as the vice president this year, it won’t change the fact that the vote recount is yet to start next month.

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