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Busted: Priest who lived after dying for 48 hours said Duterte is an angel? It’s fake news!



President Rodrigo Duterte is allegedly an angel sent by god, according to some blogs, and the story has been shared by quite a few on Facebook.

After encountering some fake stories on the fake news site, we found a story about how a Catholic priest who died for 48 hours came back from the dead and claimed that President Duterte is an angel sent by God.

According to the site, 71-year-old Father John Michael O’Neal was declared officially dead for 48 hours before his heart miraculously re-started with the help of the medics. He then claimed that he saw God, who told him that Duterte is an “angel from the highest plain of Heaven.” Despite being dead for two days, the elderly cleric seemed to have recovered normally with “clear and vivid memories” of his encounter with God.

Father O’Neal allegedly told the doctors at the Massachusetts General Hospital that he was convinced God sent him back to the living to tell the world that President Duterte is an “angel. The priest was even quoted saying the following:

“God’s presence was both overwhelming and comforting.”

“He had a soft and soothing voice and his presence was as reassuring as a Father’s embrace. God has described his special plans for Earth through the great Leader Rodrigo Duterte.”

We searched the story up on Facebook and found that it was also published by blogs and

It was also shared by some Facebook pages such as “Duterte Ang Pagbabago” and by individual Facebook users to groups such as “Marcos Loyalist.”

Our Facebook search also showed us that blogs such as,, and published the same story.

Based on the comments left on the Facebook groups where the story was shared, some netizens believed the story to be true.

However, these same netizens might be disappointed to find out that the story is fake and here are the reasons why we should not fall for it:

  1. The story seemed to be a poor copy of the Catholic’s came-back-from-the-dead story, which has been proven to be fake.

Fact-checking site already debunked the story about Fr. O’Neal’s revival from the dead. In the original fake story about the said priest, he was said to have come back alive after dying for 48 minutes and meeting a female God, who he described as a “warm and comforting motherly figure.”

The origin of the made-up story was World News Daily Report, a site that carries fiction more than factual stories.

Snopes also said that the image that mostly accompanied the story is a stock photo, not one of Fr. John Micheal O’Neal, who could not be found among the priests in the Boston Archdiocese.

We said it was a poor copy of the fake story from World News Daily Report because it forced Duterte into the equation by naming him in the made-up quote attributed to the non-existent priest. In this case, instead of saying God’s presence was as “reassuring as a mother’s embrace,” this story with Duterte factored claimed that the priest said “reassuring as a Father’s embrace.”

  1. The story was carried by fake news sites.

At least two proven fake news sites carried this made-up story, including and

  1. US President Donald Trump was featured in another version of this fake story.

The version which had claimed Trump to be an angel sent by God from the blog has the same exact quote that was found in the story featuring Duterte. Only the name of the president changed. This version was published on October 10, 2017.  Look!

This is not the first time a fake story attempted to paint Duterte as someone who was chosen by God to lead the Philippines. That story too came from the fake news site, but it was picked up by other blogs and shared by several Facebook pages.

As what has been discussed in the second Senate hearing on fake news, Filipinos need media literacy to counter the spread of fake news.

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Busted: Robredo wants to add years to the K-to-12 program? It’s fake news!



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.

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Busted: Walang kasalanan ang Tulfo brothers ayon sa imbestigasyon? It’s a misleading headline!



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

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.


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.

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Busted: Legarda sinumbatan si Robredo na mag-resign bago pa lumabas ang resulta na panalo si Marcos? Misleading headline!



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 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.


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.

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