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Busted: ‘Popular politician’ recruiting soldiers for a coup against Duterte? Lorenzana says it’s fake news!

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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV revealed that a retired general has been spreading fake news about a “popular politician” recruiting soldiers to execute a coup d’etat against President Rodrigo Duterte.

He named a certain “General Kakilala” as the man behind the fake news about a politician about convincing graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 2006 to hold a coup against Duterte.

“Ito si General Kakilala, meron siyang ini-spread na meron daw isang popular politican na nagre-recruit ng isang class 2006 para sa isang coup against Duterte,” Trillanes said during the Senate finance committee hearing on the 2018 budget for the Department of National Defense, which also includes the Armed Forces of the Philippines on August 14.

However, Trillanes said that he did not feel that the politician the reports were referring to was him because he was not recruiting anyone and he does not consider himself popular.

“I did not feel alluded to, not only wala naman akong nire-recruit but I’m also not popular,” Trillanes said

The senator is a former Navy officer who belongs to PMA Class 1995.

Trillanes told reporters during an interview after the Senate hearing that Kakilala and other PMAers identified him as the “popular politician” plotting a coup against Duterte in a forum.

“Talagang ako yung tinuturo…Walang recruitment, hindi ako nagre-recruit. Hindi kami lumalapit diyan sa mga kampo even for myself,” Trillanes said.

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One of the members of the senator’s staff showed reporters a screen capture of Kakilala’s post on Facebook, which said: “Gago itong politician na ito ah. Pinaghirapan ng Armed Forces and AFP Transformation Roadmap para ma-highly professionalize ang corps. Huwag na kayo maniwala yan, bok, maraming sundalo nag sakripisyo including their families dahil na discharged sila for participating in various coups.”

The said post also had a link to an article from The Asian Policy.

The article quoted what it described as a “respected journalist” who claimed to have received information from a “really reliable source” that “popular politician was trying to convince a certain Captain Popoy of PMA Class 2006 to execute a coup d’etat plan against President Duterte.”

We traced the article and found this one on The Asian Policy.

We looked for the “journalist” that The Asian Policy was referring to and found former ABS-CBN reporter Ira Panganiban, whose Facebook page is called “Syet Da Pwet.” This was his Facebook post on September 13:

“So I get this information from a really reliable source – a popular politician was trying to convince a certain Captain Popoy of PMA Class 2006 to execute a coup d’etat plan against President Duterte.

They chose Class ’06 because it has the most number of graduates, 300 plus, and most are in the Army.

The plan apparently got shelved after members of Class ’06 from the Navy and Army found out and condemned the project urging their Mistahs to refrain from going on another military adventure. Many said they are loyal to flag and country and do not wish to be involved in the political circus the politician is involved in.

Talaga???? Naghahanap sila ng coupals??? Yun na naman ang aktibidad??? Kailan niyo ba titigilan ang militar natin???

Naaalala ko yung sinabi ng isang YOU member sa akin after the last coup. Sabi niya and I quote “ayaw na namin sumali sa coup ulit dahil laging inaaksaya ng mga politiko yung effort namin. Next time na mag-coup kami, di na namin isosoli sa sibilyan ang kapangyarihan!!!”

Even in his post’s comments section, some netizens thought it was Trillanes who was trying to gather soldiers to execute a coup against Duterte.

Trillanes is one of the Magdalo members who staged unsuccessful coup d’etat attempts against the Arroyo administration – the Oakwood mutiny in 2003 and the Manila Peninsula siege in 2007.

AFP says no coup attempt

However, AFP chief General Eduardo Año denied receiving information about a possible coup d’etat against President Duterte.

“So far, we have not monitored any recruitment activity in the organization. We have not received any cause for dissatisfaction…We have not monitored any destabilization move of any politician or any personality,” Año said.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Kakilala is a retired general, but he could not remember the first name. It was only later on that his staff identified the former general as Brigadier General Joselito Kakilala.

Lorenzana said there are no destabilization moves against the Duterte administration.

“If there is, the defense (department) or armed forces will feel it,” he said. “Maybe there is one or two persons trying to sow discord so they would come up with fake news.”

Ex-general deleted FB post

Former General Kakilala informed GMA News Online via text message that he already deleted his Facebook post after learning that The Asian Policy article could be fake news.

“I just commented in the post, but it is farthest in my mind that I speak against a revered senator…[When I was] told that it could be fake news, I pulled out my comment,” Kakilala said.

“It aims to transform the institution as a highly professionalize corps and ensure its capability development is realized,” he said, referring to his former post at the AFP Office of Strategic Studies and Strategy Management that supervises the AFP Transformation Roadmap.

Sources: ( gmanetwork.com , newsinfo.inquirer.net )

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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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