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Busted: Matt Damon said Duterte is the last man standing? He didn’t say that!



During the 2016 election campaign, there were so many fake stories about celebrities endorsing political candidates, such as then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte. Now, another celebrity name has been added to that list as a recent story claimed that Hollywood actor Matt Damon allegedly described President Duterte as the last man standing.

Despite how unbelievable the story may seem, some netizens still bought and are even spreading it on Facebook by sharing it.

Facebook pages “OKd2” and “Philippine News Courier,” and “OFW Global Movement for Empowerment” shared it to their followers, while a netizen shared it to the group “(vf)DDS/ DIEHARD DUTERTE SUPPORTERS.”

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However, the fact alone that the story came from meant that it needs even more vetting, considering how the website loves its fake and satirical stories. True enough, when we checked the article, it was typed as “humor & satire.” Still, we read on to know what the other netizens fell for.


Damon allegedly praised Duterte’s war on drugs and called him as “the last man standing” between the drug syndicates and their potential victims. He was said to have made the remarks when he came on CNN’s Anderson 360 with activists/political analysts James Carville and Michael Moore. Anderson and his guests talked about gun violence in the US and the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas. The Hollywood actor allegedly noted how the US has become the most dangerous country in the world, even more dangerous than the Middle East with its ISIS problem. Damon also allegedly commented on the killings in the Philippines and dismissed the talks about extrajudicial killings as political propaganda.

Damon was quoted saying the following:

“I think the Philippine President is doing what his people asked him to do during the campaign period. With a very high approval rating, American people should stop meddling in this man’s own business. We have crisis in American and yet people here are still talking about the Philippines.”

“I think the problem in Asia, especially in the Philippines is relocating to US now. Pres. Duterte has made a pretty good case there against drug dealers. I think he is the last man standing in front of these drug dealers.”

Okd2 also noted that Damon visited the Philippines when the “Bourne Supremacy” filmed in the country.

We’d like to point out out the things that are not true in this story, the same reasons why we should not believe it:

  1. Damon did not comment on Duterte.

No, he did not describe him seemingly as the last barrier that protects potential drug users from the drug suppliers.

  1. Damon did not make the statements found in the Okd2 story.

You can check those statements yourself and find that they can only be found on Okd2 but not on any other credible news site.

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  1. Damon did not appear on CNN Anderson 360° on November 8, 2017.

On November 8, Anderson Cooper’s program tackled Michael Flynn’s issues and talked to 2016 Democractic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, not Damon, Carville, and Moore.

While the YouTube account above is not officially that of the CNN program, we verified that it was indeed the episode on November 8th with the list of episodes posted on IMDB.


  1. Damon did not visit the Philippines to film a Bourne movie.

It was actually the lead actors Jeremy Renner and Racheil Weisz for “The Bourne Legacy” who filmed in the Philippines in 2012.

  1. Damon’s story is “satire,” as classified by Okd2.

If only the netizens bothered to click through to the story, or find the source, being Okd2, they would have easily found out that it was put out as a satirical article.

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Damon was not the first celebrity who figured in a fake story and was alleged to have endorsed or praised Duterte. We busted stories about another Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger defending Duterte, veteran actor and host Vic Sotto also defending Duterte, Filipina actress Andi Eigenmann endorsing Duterte, newly crowned Reina Hispanoamericana Winwyn Marquez calling him the best president in the world, and more.


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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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