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Busted: Marcos leads Robredo by 1,786 votes after first week of VP ballot recount? It’s fake news!

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After repeatedly sharing the former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will finally take the vice presidential seat this year, now a blog has claimed that Marcos already has 1,786 votes over Vice President Robredo after the first week of VP vote recount in Camarines Sur.

However, the story shared by “Philippine News Courier’s” Facebook page came from a dubious site, dedma.com, which has published fake stories, some of which we have debunked.

According to the blog, Marcos is in the lead for having 1,786 votes more than Robredo as they each got 29,831 and 28,045 votes, respectively. It was said the recount is already completed for the towns of Sipocot, Libmanan, and Ragay and that 36 out of the 987 ballot boxes have been opened after the first week of recount.

But why do we doubt this story be true? Here are our reasons:

  1. Recount was scheduled for February 2018.

Reports said that the VP ballot recount is set to start in the second week of February. The first ballots to be reviewed are those from some specified clustered precincts in Camarines Sur, followed by other precincts in two pilot provinces, Negros Oriental and Iloilo, as cited by Marcos’ camp in their election protest.

  1. Ballot boxes from Camarines Sur were just brought to Manila.

It was reported that 960 ballot boxes from the three districts of CamSur were brought to Manila in the morning of January 25 on Philippine Postal Office (Philpost) trucks, which were mandated to be driven at 50 kph, complete with police escorts. The ballots will be brought directly to the Supreme Court, where the recount will be conducted. The said report from ABS-CBN added that the rest of the ballot boxes from the fourth district of CamSur were scheduled for moving to Manila on January 27.

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This meant that when dedma.com wrote the story and published it on January 28, it assumed that the first week of the first recount for the CamSur votes has already gone by. It even said, “The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Naga City on Saturday has released the initial result of a week-long recount.” But this is not true, given how the ballot boxes only arrived at the Supreme Court in Manila by January 26, two days before the story was posted on the blog. So, what “week-long recount” were they referring to?

  1. Marcos just dared Robredo to allow for the vote recount to start.

On January 29, a day after dedma.com’s story was published, Marcos called on for Robredo’s camp to drop their petitions in the same way that he would withdraw his pending petitions so both camps can proceed to the recount of VP votes.

On the same day, Robredo’s camp has shot back at Marcos, telling him he was the only one to blame for the delayed resolution in his VP election protest for “filing a weak and flawed election protest” that required the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to resolve several preliminary matters before the protest can move on.

  1. The source of the story has posted a few fake stories before.

Dedma.com was among the blogs that published the false stories about activist leader Renato Reyes’ son crashing a sports car, Reyes urging fellow smokers to boycott Phillip Morris,  and Duterte wanting to ban public cursing.

Robredo won over Marcos at the 2016 national elections by 263,473 votes.

According to Robredo’s election lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, if Marcos fails to prove any substantial vote recovery from Camarines Sur, Negros Oriental, and Iloilo, his protest will be dismissed due to lack of merit.

Earlier, Marcos confidently claimed victory over his election protest, citing it as the reason why he would not run for senator this 2019.

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Busted: Richard Gomez shares fake news claiming Queen Elizabeth II called Duterte a brave man

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Actor and now Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez shared a fake story from an altervista blog claiming that British monarch Queen Elizabeth II called Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte a “brave man.”

Bearing the title, “Queen Elizabeth: Who Would Have Thought That One Day Philippines Will Get Such a Brave Man Like Duterte?” the blog noted that it was from the BBC Channel. However, the blog that published it was britana.altervista.org, which has also been suspended.

However, it should be noted that the blog that published the fake story was was britana.altervista.org, which is already suspended.

 

Gomez shared the post on Twitter on February 21 and it has since caught the attention of the netizens who called him out for sharing fake news.

MemeBuster already busted that story in November 2016. The story was then carried by bbc-channel.com, which is now inactive.

Read more about our story debunking the fake news here.

Several Twitter users called out Gomez for spreading fake news.

Someone urged him to be responsible in sharing news.

Others advised him to check the legitimacy of the news source before sharing.

Gomez was also slammed by netizens when he falsely claimed that the Centenarian Law was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. The said law was actually signed by former President Benigno Aquino III on June 13, 2016, a week before his term ended.

MemeBuster has listed bbc-channel.com as one of the fake news sites that used the trick of mimicking the URL of established media sources.

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Busted: Netizens hit Marcos fan page for old misleading meme about Trump allowing Filipinos visa-free entry to US

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In February 2017, fan page “Marcos Corner” posted a meme claiming that US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to allow Filipinos to enter America without a visa.

The meme even said, “Good news for Filipinos…! Thank you President Trump!”

At first look, you’d think the meme was a genuine screenshot from a CNN breaking news story announcing “President Trump signs executive order to allow Filipino citizens to enter America without a visa.”

The Marcos Corner’s admin wrote, “Salute US President.”

“If this is true…. Ayan mga kapwa ko Pinoy. Favor na sa inyo iyan…. #ThanksTrump,” the admin added in a Facebook post on February 10, 2017.

While Marcos Corner posted the meme in February last year, we noticed how it was revived just a few days ago. As of writing, the meme has been shared over 32,000 times. While many of the recent shares showed people being curious about whether the meme’s claim is true or not, some of them just shared the meme without saying anything, making more room for confusion.

There were commenters who rejoiced over the said news.

However, there were also many commenters who called out the Facebook page’s admin for spreading fake news and causing more confusion among the netizens.

The commenters above are right, though. This meme on Trump signing documents that were claimed to be an executive order to give Filipinos visa-free entry to the US is fake.

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MemeBuster has debunked that same photo before when it was first shared in February 2017 by various Facebook pages. We found out that the photo of Trump that was used was actually taken as a screenshot of the live coverage by CNN of the time when the American president signed an EO repealing Obamacare.

There has been no EO from Trump giving Filipinos visa-free entry to his country. In fact, it has been reported recently that Trump wanted to revive the campaign to limit immigrants from bringing their family to the US.

When confronted about the fake news the page “Marcos Corner” was spreading about the Trump and visa for Filipinos, the admin of the page defended themselves by pointing out how they included the phrase “if this is true.”

By including that phrase in their Facebook post, it showed that the admins of the Facebook page was not 100 percent sure about the information that they shared in the first place. And they were right to doubt it because Trump’s photo that was simply pushed online in the meme with misleading texts was really a fake.

Moreover, the list of 63 countries that offer visa-free access to Filipinos does not include the US.

The US’ visa waiver program that allows foreigners to travel to their country for business or tourism for as long as 90 days without getting a visa only includes 38 countries. The Philippines was not included in that list.

Sources: ( chicagotribune.comgmanetwork.com , ph.usembassy.gov )

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Busted: Trillanes nagsabing handa siyang mamatay katulad ni Ninoy Aquino para sa bansa? It’s a misleading headline!

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Pro-Duterte supporters mocked Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for allegedly saying that he is ready to die for our freedom.

Trillanes, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, has been the subject of harsh online comments by Duterte supporters.

In the link shared and commented by many of these supporters however, one will be directed to a prompt saying that the blog has been suspended for violations of community rules.

Websites could be flagged for a variety of reasons such as spammy contents, violence, pornography, and more commonly, inappropriate contents. Ever since the issue of online trolls and bashers hounded the Philippines, several websites have been flagged for posting contents that are meant only to direct users to a page despite the content being totally unrelated to the title.

The other article shared by topnewsph.info, which shares the same title proves to be nothing but a clickbait because the content talks about the meeting of President Duterte and the parents of slain teenager Kian Delos Santos.

Comments made by Duterte supporters range from mockery to direct threats. Name calling is also very noticeable in the comments. Some of the commenters called Trillanes a traitor. In the same breath, they compared Trillanes with slain former Sen. Aquino, whom they referred to as a traitor as well.


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The story was picked up by blogs with names such as duterte4.altervista.org, newsflow.tk, newsflow2017.blogspot.com, timenewsinformation.blogspot.com, newsprimeph.blogspot.com, politico.altervista.org, and more.

The posts were spread widely by different Facebook pages that support the president, such as “Pres. Duterte Community” and “Duterte for a Change,” and even by the page of the supporters of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, among others. Facebook page “Time News Information,” bearing President Duterte’s photo, also shared the story.

Some netizens shared the link to the story to Facebook groups such as “Marcos Loyalist” and “President Rody Duterte Facebook Army.”

But just like with the case with topnewsph.info, the content was not relevant to the headline at all.

If one would do a quick search, no reliable source quoted Trillanes for saying that he is prepared to die for the freedom of the country.

The post circulated at the height of the national call for justice for slain teenager Kian Delos Santos who was allegedly killed helplessly and brutally by members of Caloocan Police.

Trillanes visited the wake of Delos Santos and spoke to the parents of the 17-year-old. He condemned the brutal killing of the teen.

“Last year pa natin ipinagsisigawan na mali ito. Kung hindi pa sila nahuli ng CCTV camera at nag-alburuto pa yung mamamayan, tuloy-tuloy na ito at hindi ito hihinto,” he was quoted by ABS-CBN News.

The death of Delos Santos has been a big issue that also caught the interest of international media.

A senate hearing was also held to investigate the death of Delos Santos.

 

Source: ( ABS CBN News )

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