Several Duterte fan pages on Facebook shared an article about Russian leader Vladimir Putin calling former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos “blind” to see what current President Rodrigo Duterte is doing.
The articles claimed that Putin has “fired shots” at Ramos after the latter described Duterte’s first 100 days as a “letdown” with Team Philippines “losing badly.” They even attributed a quote to Putin, who supposedly said: “Ramos is blind. You do not need medicated spectacles to see what Duterte has done.”
The Duterte fan pages shared articles posted by blogs du30newsinfo.com and newstrendph.com. Both blogs cited bbc101 as the source. We checked the BBC101.co.uk with Betty B. Cole and it did contain the same article about Putin’s “blind” comment on Ramos.
BBC101’s “About Us” page did not deliberately say that it writes satire or fake articles. However, we noticed several fake articles among its posts, especially those pertaining to Duterte.
If Duterte’s supporters readily believed BBC101’s article on Putin and Ramos, would they then believe that Duterte was arrested in Laos during the ASEAN Summit? This certainly did not happen, but the site wrote about it.
And US President Barack Obama certainly did not mention Duterte when he tried to persuade Americans not to vote for US presidential candidate Donald Trump. Obama is classier than that, as what he showed when he said he did not take Duterte’s expletive-filled remarks against him personally.
We also found another copy of the same article published by satirical site theguard1an.com.
BBC101.co.uk posts fake articles and Putin’s supposed commentary against Ramos was also published by a satire site. These only led us to the conclusion that the article about Putin calling Ramos “blind” is a hoax!
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