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Busted: Did Pope Francis want priests to undergo drug, STD testing? No, he didn’t!

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The Catholic Church has condemned the drug war of the Duterte administration, but a new story claimed that Pope Francis himself wanted Catholic priests to undergo drug and STD (sexually transmitted diseases) testing.

However, the source of the story, being okd2.com, is not really reliable.

Still, it did not stop the netizens from sharing the story after it was shared by the Facebook page “Philippine News Courier.” As of writing, it already has 135 shares.

The first thing we noticed when we clicked on the link was how the story was published under “Humor & Satire,” which says a lot about how people should not buy the story’s claims.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle allegedly revealed Pope Francis’ urging for priests to not only continue with the parish-based drug rehabilitation program Sanlakbay Para sa Pagbabagong Buhay but also to include STD testing.

Here are the quotes attributed to Tagle by okd2.com:

  1. “Nagkaroon ho ako ng pagkakataon na makapagusap kay Pope Francis sa Rome. Naikwento ko sa kanya ang Sanlakbay. Ang kanyang mga mata ay parang mga bituin na nagniningning. At sabi po niya, ‘That’s the way to go.’”
  2. “Sabi niya, ‘Continue… continue that, including STD testing.’”
  3. “Gusto talaga niyang makasiguro na malinis ang ating mga pari, at walang bahid ng illegal na droga habang naglilingkod sa diyos.”
  4. “Ang mga lingkod ng diyos at tao rin, possible rin silang magkasala.”

However, only statement 1 was correct among the four statements that were attributed to Cardinal Tagle by okd2.com. The other three were invented.

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In an Inquirer report, Tagle was quoted saying: “[Pope Francis’] eyes twinkled and he said, ‘That’s the way to go. This is the path to take. Continue that.’”

Tagle said that Pope Francis’ encouragement should motivate the Sanlakbay volunteers and the drug users in rehab to ensure that the program succeed. He also appealed to the Philippine government to consider the potential for addicts to change.

Tagle told reformed drug addicts: “You are the symbol of hope. No one can ever say that you are a hopeless case.”

Statements 2 and 3 from okd2.com was only found on okd2’s site.

Pope Francis did not tell Cardinal Tagle to require Catholic priests to undergo drug and STD testing. The story was claimed to be “satirical” by okd2.com. What’s true, though, was that Pope Francis was happy with the developments with the parish-based rehab program Sanlakbay.

Sanlakbay was launched by Tagle on October 23 at the Manila Cathedral. It consists of 12 modules for the rehab participants, who will undergo spiritual formation, skills formation training, counselling, and livelihood projects and participate in sports activities and arts and cultural program.

In September, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) condemned the killings of drug suspects, especially minors.

CBCP president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas urged for an end to the killings.

“In the name of God, stop the killings! May the justice of God come upon those responsible for the killings! For the good of the country, stop the killings! The toll of ‘murders under investigation’ must stop now,” Villegas said.

But Villegas also clarified that the CBCP’s statement was not targeted at a particular person but at the indifference to the deaths.

He also hit silent Catholics.

“The Church must either be at the forefront of the intense and fervent struggle against a culture of death or the Church betrays Christ,” Villegas said.

On September 14, church bells rang in the Catholic churches across the country to oppose the “reign of terror” that killed thousands of people under the Duterte administration’s drug war.

Sources: ( inquirer.net , veritas846.ph , philstar.com , 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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