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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.

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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.

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

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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: Robredo wants to add years to the K-to-12 program? It’s fake news!



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.

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Busted: Walang kasalanan ang Tulfo brothers ayon sa imbestigasyon? It’s a misleading headline!



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

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.


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.

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Busted: Legarda sinumbatan si Robredo na mag-resign bago pa lumabas ang resulta na panalo si Marcos? Misleading headline!



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 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.


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.

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