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Busted: Lascañas lamented over his messy life, regretted trusting Trillanes? It’s fake news!

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Several reports have claimed that Arturo Lascañas, the former Davao police officer who accused President Rodrigo Duterte of ordering the killings by death squads, has expressed regret over trusting Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

According to the reports picked up by blogs such as trendingtopicsph.net, dutertards.net, and pinoyreaders.info, Lascañas said he suffered from a chaotic life after trusting Trillanes.

He was even quoted saying, “My wife told me not to trust him (Trillanes). I should’ve listened to him. Perhaps, we have a normal life now and enjoying my retirement benefits.”

Lascañas left the Philippines in the evening of April 8, 2017 for his safety after receiving threats and information that people are looking for him. He even asked the Inquirer to withhold his location even if the government knew where he was headed because he filled out his immigration form properly. It was later disclosed that he left for Singapore.

The reports also came with an 11-minute YouTube video, which covered the following topics:

  • Justice Secretary Aguirre ordered the NBI to capture Lascañas.
  • Trillanes opposed Aguirre’s order above for the NBI to work with Interpol to catch Lascañas.
  • Palace released a statement calling Lascañas’ accusations against Duterte as a part of a demolition job against the President.
  • Communications Secretary Martin Andanar dismissed accusations linking Duterte to extrajudicial killings.
  • At mark 3:19, someone asked Lascañas if he had any regret, to which the former police officer said, “None.” Here’s a part of their conversation:

TV5 Interviewer: May pagsisisi ho kayo kahit konting-konti?

Lascañas: Wala.

I: Talaga sir?

L: Yes.

I: Kahit pinagdadaanan niyo to?

L: Lahat. Nagpasalamat nga ako na hindi ko madala itong the dark side of my person na namatay ako na hindi ko ito na-expose o nasabi. Kasi talagang wala siguro akong pakawala. Pero noong nasabi ko ito lahat, lahat ng gusto ko na magkaroon ako ng isang public confession, gumawa ako ng isang written confession, satisfied po ako. Wala akong pagsisisi, wala. Very satisfied ako.

I: Sir, nakakuha kami ng detalye na kasama ninyo po ang pamilyo ninyo dito sa Singapore. Tama po, Sir?

L: Siguro i-silent ko lang muna iyon.

I: Okay.

L: For their safety.

I: Okay lang, Sir. Pero kumusta po iyong pamilya ninyo ngayon? How are they taking this? Nagtatago kayo.

L: Sila mismo nagtatago rin. Saka, na-accept na rin nila. Siyempre, sa una is, masakit at masama ang loob nila sa akin.

I: Masama ang loob sa inyo? Bakit po?

L: Siyempre, noon nalaman na ganito pala ang trabaho ko at saka nalagay din sa risk yung buhay nila. Pero sa ngayon is na-accept na nila. Ang sabi ko nga, kagustuhan ito ng Diyos…

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And the interview continues, where he said that he was worried over the safety of his family because he knows what the death squad and Duterte are capable of, he knew Duterte and his capacity to kill people, and he was willing to testify against the death squads and Duterte. He added that he is still alive up to now and remained unhurt in the Philippines because no one really knew where he hid, he decided to move abroad when he received reports that he is targeted, he was a bit nervous at the airport, but he was not scared. He only prayed.

Asked whether he was scared, he said that he was scared for the physical harm that might be inflicted upon him and his family, which he considered normal for a man in his situation, and of course, he feared God. But he stood firm that he is not scared of how he would prove that Duterte was indeed involved with the Davao death squad.

Lascañas said that he already accepted the fact that he would be charged over killing people while in DDS.

He also said that he is “very much willing” to testify in the case filed against Duterte before the International Criminal Court.

Based on the portion of the interview transcribed above, Lascañas did not regret coming out with his expose against Duterte. Nowhere was it cited in the video that he regretted trusting Trillanes.

Despite the dubious and unverified nature of the online reports though, they were still shared by Facebook pages such as “Dutertards” and “Inday Sara Duterte Supporters,” among other pages.

Even one of the blogs that carried the online report also carried other fake stories, such as those about BBC anchor Stephen Sackur urging Filipinos to vote for smarter government officials and Trillanes bowing his head down to apologize to his fellow senators whom he called “puppets” of the Duterte administration.

Sources: ( newsinfo.inquirer.net , straitstimes.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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