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Busted: Netizens warn PH gov’t about accepting Bill Gates’ ‘donations’ due to fake news he’s distributing toxic vaccines

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As the fake news about Microsoft founder and philanthropist re-surfaced about him investing $20 billion in the Philippines, another fake news about Gates also came to light. This time, Filipino netizens are sending a warning to the Philippine government to be careful about accepting donation from Gates due to “unconfirmed reports” that Gates’ company is distributing dangerous vaccines.

“PLS TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTION: To the Ph Gov authorities : Re: Donation from Mr. Bill Gates.: There are unconfirmed reports that Mr Gates company is engaged in manufacture and distribution of vaccines , (Ebola vaccine in Africa), AND that safety assurance verification/test for the above is still not conclusive. Perhaps its wise for the govt to conduct a thorough profiling of Mr Gates organization before ACCEPTING ANY DONATION/S,” one Facebook user said.

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Another one even provided a link to an article claiming that Gates said “vaccines are the best way to depopulate.”

The website awarenessact.com did write an article about Gates allegedly openly admitting that vaccinations can effectively help governments depopulate the world.

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The site claimed the following:

“Gates has stated that in order to depopulate a so-called overcrowded world successfully at least 350,000 people must be killed with each day that passes. This he says can be done through vaccine programs! How disgusting is that, using vaccines to kill people rather than prevent disease and promote health? This does not surprise me at all, Gates seems to think that we must all agree to a strategy in which will involve killing other humans in order to ‘control the population.”

We searched for more articles related to this claim about Gates and his alleged preference to use vaccines to “kill” people and reduce the world’s population and found this articles from fact-checking website Snopes.com about how the stories about Gates admitting to using vaccinations to depopulate the world was misconstrued because Gates’ intention was definitely not to kill people.

According to Snopes, the story came from the conspiracy theory site YourNewsWire.com with a headline “Bill Gates Admits ‘Vaccines Are Best Way To Depopulate.’”

The story on YourNewsWire.com is similar to that of awarenessact.com in that both stories are claiming that Gates proposed to have at least 350,000 people killed daily through vaccine programs. It also claimed that Gates tried to convince people to consent to killing human to save Earth from the carbon dioxide we emit. The story went on to discuss the dangers of vaccines due to the chemicals, particularly aluminum, added to make them more effective.

According to Snopes, YourNewsWire.com even included a YouTube clip showing Gates’ interview with CNN’s Sanjay Gupta. Since we can no longer access the video from the archived version of the story, we thought Snopes was referring to the same video used by awarenessact.com in its article.

In conclusion, Snopes debunked the story, clarifying Gates’ and his wife Melinda’s stand when it comes to using vaccines and their effect on the world’s population.

Snopes quoted a part of the 2009 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Annual Letter:

“A surprising but critical fact we learned was that reducing the number of deaths actually reduces population growth. […] Contrary to the Malthusian view that population will grow to the limit of however many kids can be fed, in fact parents choose to have enough kids to give them a high chance that several will survive to support them as they grow old. As the number of kids who survive to adulthood goes up, parents can achieve this goal without having as many children.”

This showed how Gates is not after using vaccines to kill people or sterilize them without their knowledge. What Gates wants is to keep more kids alive to reduce the parents’ need to have more kids, therefore reducing population growth rate.

Reducing population growth has long been the mission of the Gates’ foundation, as per the 2011 Forbes cover story about the foundation. The couple thought that limiting population growth is important to “improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.”

In the same Forbes cover story, it was discussed that Gates then realized that instead of birth control, the best tool to a slower population growth is reducing childhood mortality.

“In society after society, he saw, when the mortality rate falls—specifically, below 10 deaths per 1,000 people—the birth rate follows, and population growth stabilizes. “It goes against common sense,” Gates says. Most parents don’t choose to have eight children because they want to have big families, it turns out, but because they know many of their children will die.

“If a mother and father know their child is going to live to adulthood, they start to naturally reduce their population size,” says Melinda.”

While Gates’ view on pushing for lower childhood mortality to reduce population growth is still a highly debatable subject, what cannot be argued is Gates’ intention on using vaccines to influence population growth, which is to save children’s lives to assure their parents about their survival, hence convincing them to have fewer kids.

Their intention is quite clear in the 2017 Annual Letter from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as noted by Snopes:

“Melinda: Saving children’s lives is the goal that launched our global work. It’s an end in itself. But then we learned it has all these other benefits as well. If parents believe their children will survive—and if they have the power to time and space their pregnancies—they choose to have fewer children.

Bill: When a mother can choose how many children to have, her children are healthier, they’re better nourished, their mental capacities are higher—and parents have more time and money to spend on each child’s health and schooling. That’s how families and countries get out of poverty. This link between saving lives, a lower birthrate, and ending poverty was the most important early lesson Melinda and I learned about global health.”

This is the exact opposite of what YourNewsWire.com and awarenessact.com are claiming when they said that Bill Gates want people to consent to killing humans through vaccine programs to save the overcrowded Earth. Filipino netizens were misled for believing in this fake news about Gates wanting to use vaccines to kill people. In fact, his foundation is the biggest private donor for the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines.

In April 2015, Gates visited the Philippines to get updates from IRRI. He was also reported to have visited Palawan.

Sources: ( snopes.com , gmanetwork.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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