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Busted: Thanks to Duterte, Mary Jane Veloso could possibly go home soon? It’s fake news!

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Some Filipinos may have found a ray of hope when TV50 (tv50.website) published an article saying convicted drug trafficker Mary Jane Veloso will be pardoned and will go home soon. According to the story, Indonesian President Joko Widodo allegedly said that “a Filipina in death row will be included in the next list of parolee”.

Quoting an alleged report from Jakarta Chronicle, the story reported that 12 death row convicts would be given presidential pardon in January and among these is a Filipina arrested for drug trafficking.

But the story’s claims are dubious, not to mention how one of the sites that carried the story have posted false stories in the past.

MemeBuster has busted stories published by TV50.website, including Sen. Bam Aquino’s alleged proposal to issue passports to Filipinos after high school graduation, and Renato Reyes calling fellow smokers to boycott and rally against Philip Morris. We also spotted it carrying the fake story about Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly saying “human rights are for humans, not for animals.”

Extinguishing the spark that the news story may have ignited in some Filipinos’ hearts, Veloso remains in the death row. Her family in the Philippines even expressed sadness when she celebrated her 33rd birthday alone in prison as they were not able to visit her in Indonesia last January 10.

In an interview with Rappler, Veloso’s parents expressed sadness that they were not able to see their daughter because they were not given permission to fly to Indonesia.

Contrary to the claims of TV50, there was no agreement between the Philippine and Indonesian governments to free Veloso in exchange for Indonesian detainees in the country. The Veloso family even asked for President Rodrigo Duterte to help release their daughter.

For her part, Veloso also pleaded for President Duterte’s help so she can testify in the case of Christina Sergio to unravel the truth behind her case. According to reports, the Court of Appeals released a decision affirming the injunction of Veloso’s testimony. This stops her from testifying against her recruiters.

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It was expected that Duterte and Widodo would meet in April 2017 to talk about Veloso’s case. While the two heads of state talked about working together to counter terrorism and narcotics, the case of Veloso was not discussed during their expanded bilateral meeting, as reported by The Manila Times.

Dutere said in September 2017 that he did not include Veloso’s case in his discussion with Widodo because he said “it would have been a bad taste in the mouth to be talking about – having a strong posture against drugs, and here you are begging for something.”

TV50 clarified in the story that it published that the reports they received were mainly rumors that are not yet verified. Ironically, in the same breathe, it cites the report by the Indonesian paper as a “development of the case”. A simple search however reveals Jakarta Chronicles only exists as a tag and not a legitimate or independent news agency.

Janice Belca, the author of the news story also appears to be fictitious.

Even the story’s dates don’t match. It was published by TV50 on January 25, 2018, but the last sentence of the story read, “Widodo’s announcement will be expected on the first week of January according to the report.” Obviously, the “first week of January” has already passed by the time the story was posted on the site.

We also found a huge chunk of the TV50 story to be copied off a Philippine Star article published on June 27, 2016, “Whatever happened to Mary Jane Veloso?

Unfortunately, the story still fooled some netizens, who rejoiced and even thanked President Duterte for helping Veloso. It was shared by Facebook pages “President Rodrigo Duterte” and “Unofficial: PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa” and by a netizen to Facebook group “President Rody Duterte Facebook Army.” It turned out that aside from TV50, the fake story was also carried by satireandhumor.altervista.org, weblogph.info, and localhero.altervista.org.

Sources: ( rappler.comcnnphilippines.commanilatimes.net )

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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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