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Busted: ‘Papatayin n’yo ba ako pag-uwi ko ng Pilipinas tulad ng ginawa ke Ninoy noon?’ Trillanes did not say this!

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A Facebook page claiming to be supporting President Rodrigo Duterte posted a photo of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV with the senator’s alleged statement asking if his critics are planning to kill him the way the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was killed.

Facebook fan page “Rodrigo Duterte Supporters” uploaded a photo bearing Trillanes’ face and alleged statement, which said: “Papatayin n’yo ba ako pag-uwi ko ng Pilipinas tulad ng ginawa ke Ninoy noon?”

Trillanes allegedly added that if his critics does pull an assassination with him as the target, it would only give the people a chance to stage a People Power.

“Sige kayo magiging bayani ako n’yan. Magkakaroon na naman ng People Power. Gusto n’yo ba maulit muli ang kasaysayan?” the alleged quote from the senator said.

Accompanying Trillanes’ meme were photos of the incident when the late Ninoy Aquino was killed at the tarmac when he landed in the Philippines from the United States.

Those who won’t bother inspecting the photo of Trillanes and his alleged words would likely fall for the trap set up by the fan page. However, we searched for other news sources that might have carried the same statement from Trillanes but could not find any.

We checked Senator Trillanes’ official Facebook page, where the format of the background often used in the senator’s official statements can often be seen. “Rodrigo Duterte Supporters” uploaded the Trillanes meme on October 22, at around 6 pm. This meant that the senator’s Facebook page could have released the said statement before then.

The most recent statement he released was posted on October 23, around noon.

“Nagtraydor daw ako sa bayan dahil nakipag-usap ako kay US Sen. Marco Rubio kahit pa sinabi na nya mismo na PH-US alliance, corruption and human rights situation ang pinag-usapan namin. Ano naman ngayon ang tawag sa mga protektor ng isang presidenteng pumatay at nagpapapatay ng mga Pilipino, mga bayani? Pwede ba, umayos kayo!” Trillanes said.

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This was his response to those who were accusing him of treason for visiting the US and meeting with a US senator.

His second to the last statement, posted on his official Facebook page on October 20 was his confirmation of his US visit and meeting with some senior US government officials, as well as Senator Marco Rubio.

“I would like to confirm the information that I met with senior US government officials to include Senator Marco Rubio. As mentioned in the tweet of Sen. Rubio, we talked about enhancing RP-US relations, corruption and the human rights situation in the country. Unlike the officials of the Duterte Administration, I presented only factual information. Besides, you cannot fool the US government; they know what’s happening in our country,” Trillanes said.

“To be clear, I did not try to stop the state visit of Pres. Trump since these things are carefully planned and cannot be stopped on the mere say so of a Philippine senator,” he added.

His third to the last statement, as of writing, was all about commending the soldiers for killing the Maute terrorist leaders Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon.

There was no statement from Trillanes taunting his critics that if he gets killed after returning to the Philippines from his trip abroad, he might become martyred like Ninoy Aquino. Moreover, the use of all-capital letters in the Trillanes meme was something that is not consistent with how his official statements were drafted and posted on his Facebook page.

We found out that the page “Rodrigo Duterte Supporters” also shared the fake statement about the CBCP condemning the killings of terrorist leaders Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon.

Its post of the said fake story involving the CBCP event went viral, earning over 36,700 shares, as of writing.

The Duterte fan page also shared this fake meme about Russian President Vladimir Putin showing his alleged statement on human rights. But we already debunked this lie with our article “Busted: Putin DID NOT say ‘human rights are for humans, not for animals’ or call criminals as ‘animals.’”

These recent posts that spread fake news proved that the admins of the Facebook page “Rodrigo Duterte Supporters” have been quite negligent in checking whether they are sharing a fake story or not. Watch out for the possibility that the page’s next post might be another fake news. Do your own research instead of get carried away with your emotions over a story, meme or photo that might turn out to be fake.

As for the accusations of treason thrown against Trillanes, Senator Francis Escudero said that he does not believe Trillanes’ meeting with US Senator Marco Rubio qualifies as treason.

“I don’t believe it would fall under the provisions of the Revised Penal Code for treason. The DOJ, through the NBI, always has the power to investigate violations of the law. I just don’t really think it would fall under treason,” he said in a text message on October 23.

Trillanes insisted that he only “presented only factual information” to the US officials he met.

Sources: ( mb.com.ph )

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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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