Fake news articles about an alleged statement from Russian President Vladimir Putin about human rights are being posted by several websites and shared in social media platforms. They claim that Putin said that “Human rights are for humans, not for animals.” The word “animal” pertains to criminals, drug lords, and their protectors.
The articles said that Putin is backing up President Rodrigo Duterte’s argument that criminals are like animals, hence, they are not entitled to any “human rights.” This argument aims to justify the alleged extra-judicial killings that President Duterte is accountable for.
However, this alleged statement from Putin brought up by websites like dutertemedia.com, globalnews.favradio.fm, newstitans.com, and newstrendph.com, is baseless and does not have a credible source to back it up. These sites are also noted for sharing fake news sites, making them unreliable sources.
The articles did not even state when and where President Putin had released such a statement, therefore invalidating their claims.
Upon further investigation by Meme Buster, we found out that no such statement had been uttered by Putin so far. It was also debunked by another website, cordillerasun.com, which slammed Duterte’s supporters for inventing quotes from Putin.
As of writing, this article has been posted by many Facebook groups with most of them being Duterte supporters. These Facebook groups are “Pres. Rody Duterte Worldwide Supporters,” “Pres. Duterte Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago,” “Kilusang Bagong Lipunan,” “Inday Sara Supporters,” and “Favradio.”
The screenshots above proved just how Duterte and Marcos fan pages recycled this fake news from last year.
Human rights is a serious topic and every person is entitled to his/her own opinion about issues in the Philippines concerning these basic rights that people are born with. However, creating baseless articles to spread false information and sway the opinions of the masses is not a correct way on how to handle the issue.
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