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Busted: Panalo na si Marcos pagkatapos pinaboran ng Supreme Court ang kanyang electoral protest? Fake news alert!

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The Supreme Court allegedly ruled in favor of former Senator Bongbong Marcos in the electoral protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo, according to some online reports.

The story was carried by blogs du30newsportal.info, dutertenewsinfo.org, and dutertedaily.info, with the first website’s story being shared over 6,000 times, as of writing.

Its headline says, “Panalo na si Marcos! Supreme Court pinaburan si Marcos sa kanyang election protest panoorin.” It was shared on Facebook on September 5.

The article was picked up by Facebook fan pages dedicated to Duterte supporters, such as “Pres. Duterte ang Agila ng Davao” and “Du30 Solid Supporters,” among others.

One page rejoiced over the good news.

The other thought of Marcos’ supposed win as an advanced Christmas gift and even urged Ilocanos to prepare a feast for the former senator.

We checked out the most shared story from du30newsportal.info, but it only contained an 11-minute YouTube video that is a mix of various clips combined showing reports about the progress of Marcos’ electoral protest, Robredo’s lawyer talking about their legal move regarding the protest, and part of one of the Vice Presidential debates during the 2016 campaign.

What wasn’t shown though was how Marcos won the electoral protest against Robredo.

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What we recently heard though was that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) junks Marcos’ “First Cause of Action” questioning the credibility of the 2016 Automated Election System (AES). The Supreme Court, sitting as PET, ruled Marcos’ statement questioning the authenticity of the certificates of canvass generated by the Consolidation and Canvass System as “meaningless” and “pointless.”

But even when Marcos’ camp would have successfully proven the first cause of action in his protest, that does not guarantee his victory, as per the resolution.

“Stated otherwise, even if protestant (Marcos) succeeds in proving his first cause of action, this will not mean he has already won the position of Vice President as this can only be determined by a manual recount of all votes in all precincts,” the resolution read.

The same resolution also junked Robredo’s motion to dismiss the electoral protest filed against her.

The PET resolution issued on August 29 showed that the electoral protest Marcos filed against Robredo and Robredo’s counter-protest are still ongoing, so the SC, as PET, could not possibly have ruled in favor of Marcos. This meant the headline of these online reports declaring Marcos as the winner in his poll protest is misleading and is meant to start spreading fake news.

Could it be just the bloggers’ ardent wish for Marcos to win? Still, it is not right to publish and spread fake news in order to fool people, some of who have rejoiced over the fake story.

It only served to confuse people more, as many of them also read and heard about the PET’s decision to junk Marcos’ first cause of action.

It’s a good thing some of the commenters on the Duterte fan page that posted the fake story on Facebook called out the page’s admin for posting fake news.

This is not the first fake story that “Pres. Duterte ang Agila ng Davao” shared. The Facebook page also shared the fake news about Senator Trillanes getting suspended for six months, Senator Bam Aquino being the mastermind behind the Marawi siege, Robredo being stripped of her license    to practice law, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulating the Philippines for arresting Senator Leila de Lima, and more. In July, it shared the misleading story about senators filing an ethics complaint against Trillanes when it was not true. It was only on September 4 that Senator Richard Gordon filed an ethics complaint against Trillanes.

Sources: ( cnnphilippines.com , news.abs-cbn.com )

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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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