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Busted: Duterte says non-Catholic Alvarez’ affairs not an issue, but PH laws say otherwise

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President Rodrigo Duterte once again came to the defense of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez over the latter’s issue of extramarital affairs, saying that this should not be an issue because the Speaker is not a Catholic.

Speaking during the inauguration of the Metro Manila Crisis Monitoring and Management Center on April 4, Duterte said that Alvarez did not convert to Christianity and is like him who is of Chinese-Muslim descent.

“That should be a non-issue actually. And do you know kung alam ba ninyo, Speaker Alvarez is not a Catholic. He’s just like me, his grandfather Chinese. Ang nanay niya Kalagan, Muslim… Ganoon kami. Kaya maski magsabi ‘yang Bebot na ‘yan, marunong ‘yan. Sabi niya, lima, apat na. Walang tayong magagawa. He never converted to Christianity. So he is not bound by the rules of the number of women that you can have. All you have to say is that… I my… An atheist… But if you are an atheist, so? You can have as much as you want as long as you’re able to… The thing there is that you’re able to support the children,” Duterte said.

You can watch this part of his speech in the video below from 18:53 to 20:50:

However, after some fact-checking, Vera Files said that regardless of Filipino men’s religious beliefs, they are required by Philippine laws to stay committed to their wives.

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Vera Files pointed out the fact that concubinage qualifies as a crime against chastity under the Revised Penal Code, which states that “any husband who shall keep a mistress in conjugal dwelling, or shall have sexual intercourse, under scandalous circumstances, with a woman who is not his wife, or shall cohabit with her in any other place” will be sent to prison.

Alvarez even faced the threat of being disbarred after he admitted to being involved in extramarital affairs and siring six children out of wedlock.

The Supreme Court has disbarred lawyers for gross immorality. Rule 138, Section 27 of the Rules of Court states that a member of the bar may be removed or suspended from his office for deceit, malpractice, or other gross misconduct in such office, or grossly immoral conduct, such as being involved in an extramarital affair.

Even Muslims have to observe a separate code for multiple marriages.

Presidential Decree No. 1083 (Code of Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines) acknowledges a Muslim man’s right to have more than one wife, but only if he can give them equal companionship and treatment, as required by Islamic Law.

A Muslim man who wants to marry another woman is required to file a written notice with the Shari’a Circuit Court in his area. The court will then provide his wife/wives with a copy of the notice. If there is any objection, an Agama Arbitration Council will be formed until all the wives’ consent is obtained. If no consent is provided, it will be up to the court to sustain the objection or not.

So unlike Duterte’s defense of Alvarez that the latter can have as many women as he wants because he is not Catholic anyway, Philippine laws do not allow married men, regardless of religion, to engage in extramarital affairs. Even Muslim men who want to take more than one wife have to ask for consent from his wife/wives first before going ahead with another marriage. Being a non-Catholic is not an excuse to start having affairs.

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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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