Duterte fan page “President Duterte Supporters” shared an article about how 154 NPA rebels allegedly surrendered in Agusan Del Sur, which could signal the start of Duterte’s promises slowly coming true one by one.
“Good News! Mainit man ang girian sa pagitan ng ating Militar at NPA, may ilang NPA padin ang sumuko mismo kay Tatay Digong. Gusto na daw nilang magbago buhay! Mga kababayan suportahan po natin ang pinaglalaban ng ating mahal na Pangulo. Please spread this Good news!” the page captioned its post on February 11.
The article, published by pinoyspeak.info, contained a YouTube video that is 1 minute and 12 seconds long. It is actually a slideshow of several photos with short descriptions of how the rebels decided to surrender.
We tried looking for news reports about the surrender of 154 NPA rebels in Agusan del Sur, as what was claimed by the article.
However, we only found an old report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer about 154 NPA rebels giving up their arms in Loreto, Agusan del Sur. According to the report, most of the 154 NPA members who returned to the fold of the law were from the Monobo tribe, while others were from Bukidnon. They were from the NPA guerilla front 34.
What’s true, though, is the surrender of 2 NPA members to the Philippine Army in Agusan del Sur on February 6, citing reasons as “frustration of leadership” and “fear of the incoming army offensive” for giving up arms.
It is obvious then that pinoyspeak.info is trying to pass off this old news as a recent one and one that is happening under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Meme Buster has included pinoyspeak.info in our list of fake news sites for sharing a lot of hoaxes. They have published false stories such as US President Donald Trump threatening Fil-Am civic leader Loida Nicolas-Lewis for ‘disrespecting Duterte,’ Duterte being given ‘extraordinary’ awards by foreign countries, Duterte having the biggest following on social media, and more.
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