Did you hear about the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) conferring on President Rodrigo Duterte what could be the biggest honor any man could have?
According to a pro-Duterte Facebook fan page, it feels especially good to be a Filipino these days, thanks to Duterte and his achievements, one of which is being hailed as “the best president in the solar system,” as awarded by NASA.
Yes, your first instinct might be to laugh it off as a joke, but you won’t feel the same way after reading some of the comments and the captions of the people who believed in the news and even shared it.
Here are some of the comments from supporters who seemed to believe in the article and the hilarious replies of other netizens:
But others pointed out how the news is ‘satirical’ and how Duterte supporters should not believe it.
Someone even posted a warning about believing in this Facebook page, but other netizens were quick to rebut her.
For one, why would NASA get involved with governance? NASA is focused on the United States’ civilian space program and aeronautics and aerospace research. Their vision is to “reach new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind.” But there could be trouble in the near future when many Filipinos, part of the humankind they want to benefit from their work, could not even tell the real news from a satire or fake news.
But this is not the first time his supporters fell for satirical news or fake news about Duterte being “the best president” in whatever category. They believed a hoax article about Duterte being the “world’s best president,” about a vague Korean news report passed off as hailing Duterte as “the best president of all time,” and a survey claiming to have ranked Duterte as “the most popular president in the world in 2016.”
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