Several blogs picked up the story about Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Secretary General Renato Reyes has dared President Rodrigo Duterte to provide him an ‘executive job’ so he will ‘retire’ from protesting.
As of writing, the story has been shared at least 54,000 times, just by looking at the figures on Facebook Links. It was published by blogs like proudpinoy.info, dailyfilipino.altervista.org, netiviral.com, and thephilippinepolitics.com, although the story originated from pinoyobserver.com.
The story was also shared by various Facebook pages, such as President Duterte Worldwide Supporters, SNP-Social News Philippines, Pinoy Tribune, Marcos Warriors, Sara Duterte Solid Warriors, and President Duterte 2016, among others.
Pinoy Observer claimed that Reyes issued the challenge to Duterte on July 23, when he told the media that he will only stop protesting if Duterte can give him a job to feed his family.
He was quoted saying, “Kaya naman tayo nagrarally at nireremind ang gobyerno sa kakulangan nila. Marami ang nagugutom. Kung walang inaapi siguro naman e wala tayo rito.”
Reyes also slammed the lack of change under Duterte’s administration.
He allegedly added, “There is no change. Halos lahat ng pangako niya (Duterte) ay napako. Tumaas ang bilang ng mahihirap. Ako kung bigyan lang ako ng magandang trabaho, let say a cabinet or an executive post, wala na siguro ako rito.”
The article further quoted Reyes saying, “I hope this serve as a challenge to our president. If he really want us to keep quiet, he should give our demands. Decent jobs that could let us feed our family. Marami diyang walang ginagawa sa gobyerno, at marami sa amin ang qualified na palitan sila.”
We checked the statements allegedly made by Reyes one by one to verify if they are true and accurate and these are the Google search results.
We found out that no other credible sources of reports carried Reyes’ alleged dare to Duterte to give him an ‘executive job’ or a Cabinet post, except for Pinoy Observer and those other blogs that copied their articles from Pinoy Observer.
As per Pinoy Observer’s new disclaimer, they are now a satirical site, with a content of mixed fact and fiction. Considering the Google search we did earlier to verify whether Reyes made the statements carried by Pinoy Observer’s article, it’s safe to say the blog just made up those statements.
This is not the first time Reyes was victimized by fake news. There were previous fake stories about him that we busted, such as how he was almost caught by cops playing video karera and NPA commander saying that the rebel group pays revolutionary tax to BAYAN and other militant groups.
In December 2016, his wife, Dr. Beng Rivera Reyes, shut down all rumors and false reports about how her husband is allegedly earning from the rallies he conducted. She also said that she is earning enough for their family as a public hospital doctor to live a simple life and eat three times a day.
“Hindi sya (Renato) mayaman, sapat na sapat lang ang kinikita KO na asawa nya para mabuhay kami ng simple. Bilang doctor sa isang pampublikong ospital, maliit ang kita. Pero sapat ito para hindi kami mabaon sa utang, at makakain ng tatlong beses isang araw. Ikinararangal ko na sinusuportahan ko ang asawa ko, walang kinikita sa gawain nya, pero marangal ang gawain nya at sapat na iyon. Ang adhikain nya ay adhikain ko din,” she wrote.
“HINDI siya kumikita sa rally. Hindi pagkita ng pera ang dahilan kung bakit andyan sya sa larangan ng gawain na iyan. Mahirap siguro unawain ito ng iba na ang tingin sa pagiging marubdob sa gawain ay dahil may kapalit na pera. May mga taong walang hinihintay na kapalit sa serbisyo na ginagawa nila, at dapat tayong manalig na mayroong ganoong mga tao, dahil kung hindi, wala na kayong pag-asang natatanaw para sa bayan na ito,” she added.