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Busted: No mining contributors for Duterte? But he accepted donations from mining company execs!

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During the inauguration of Senator-elect Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday, June 22, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte was in attendance. Of course, a speech was expected of the incoming president when he made a surprising declaration about his running his campaign for the 2016 elections.

GMA News Online reported that Duterte said he managed a shoestring budget to run his campaign.

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During his speech, Duterte talked about how he was ready to retire from politics and his journey towards the presidency, despite not having that many support from politicians from other towns outside of Davao City. But as the number of supporters grew, he reconsidered the idea of running for the presidency, despite getting only local funding.

Watch this video below of Duterte’s speech during Pacquiao’s inauguration as senator and you’ll hear his assurance about not having mining contributors at 4:09.

 

“And I assure you that I never really accepted money from any mining company. Iyan masiguro ninyo maski tanungin ninyo,” Duterte said.

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But if you look at reports about Duterte’s statement of contributors and expenditures (SOCE), one of his contributors was Michael Regino. He is the president of Agata Mining Ventures and San Agustin Mining Services. He contributed P14 million to Duterte’s campaign fund.

Another controversial name among Duterte’s contributors is that of Dennis Uy.

In February, Duterte accused then-presidential candidate Mar Roxas for allegedly protecting San Roque Metals Inc., a nickel mining company in Mindanao, because he was using their airplane.

Erice hit back, naming Uy, a mining executive, as one of Duterte’s contributors.

Duterte’s spokesperson Peter Tiu Laviña denied Uy as a contributor, although Duterte’s SOCE revealed that Uy did donate P30 million to his campaign.

Uy is a co-founder of Davao-based oil company Phoenix Petroleum. His Bloomberg profile also revealed that Uy has been serving as an Independent Director of Apex Mining Co. Inc. since March 2013. He also serves as a Director of two other mining companies – Bulbscor Minerals Corporation and Blucor Minerals Corporation.

Duterte previously said in January that he would not accept money from people with vested interests.

“I will not accept money and contributions from people and groups who have transactions with the government because I will have to pay them back with favors when I become President,” Duterte told campaign leaders and supporters during a gathering.

However, his SOCE revealed contributions from Davao- and Manila-based businessmen.

Duterte’s P375 million campaign fund included contributions from the following:

  • P75 million from Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative-elect Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr., son of the late ‘banana king’ Antonio Sr.
  • P30 million from the earlier mentioned Dennis Uy
  • P30 million from Samuel Uy of Davao farms and Davao Import Distributors, Inc.
  • P30 million from Lorenzo Te, general manager of Honda Cars Davao
  • P20 million from Bienvenido Tan
  • P16 million from Nicasio Alcantara, former CEO of Petron Corporation
  • 5 million from Marcelino Mendoza, Vista Land director and former president of Camella Homes
  • P14 million from the earlier mentioned Michael Regino
  • P12 million from Tomas Alcantara, CEO and president of Alsons Consolidated Resources (involved in real estate, electricity, and trading and distributions)
  • P10 million from Felix Ang, president of CAT Motors

Other contributors also included Domingo Tao Uy from Davao City and Patricia Escalar from Makati City, who donated P5 million each; Efren Uy from Las Piñas, who donated P3.5 million; Jauario Ramos from Makati, who donated P3 million; and Davao City-based contributors Dorelaine Bosquit, John Joseph Bosquit, and Debbie Rodolfo, who gave P2 million each.

There were other contributors who gave a thousand to a few hundred thousand.

Contributions in kind mostly came from Duterte’s running mate, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, in the form of tandem ads, as well as former MMDA chief Francis Tolentino.

So, unlike what Duterte claimed during his speech at Pacquiao’s inauguration, he did accept contribution from people associated with mining companies – Michael Regino and Dennis Uy. He did say we can ask about it and we did, but all that we needed to do was look at his SOCE.

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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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