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Busted: Ormoc City mayor Richard Gomez said Duterte signed Centenarian Law! Nope, it was Aquino who did



In an Instagram post on May 10, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez claimed that it was President Rodrigo Duterte who signed the Centenarian Act into law a few months ago.

“The first centenarian in Ormoc City to receive their benefit of 100 thousand pesos. This is the Centenarian Act signed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte a few months ago. #lipaysilolasaiyangnadawatnakwarta #getormocmovingagain,” Gomez wrote.

Leyte Mayor Richard Gomez

His Instagram post was then picked up by the Facebook page “Duterte’s People,” whose post even went viral, gaining over 39,000 shares and 16,000 reactions.

“WOW! Napakagandang balita po lalo na sa mga Lola/Lolo po natin na nasa edad 100 pataas dahil bibigyan sila ng P100,000 ng Gobyerno.Pakikalat po ang balitang ito sa pamamagitan ng pag #SHARE ng video na ito kabayan…” the page wrote.


“Centenarians Act is a law honors and provides incentives, including a P100,000 cash gift, for Filipino centenarians.. This is the Centenarian Act signed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte a few months ago,” Duterte’s People added.

Leyte Mayor Richard Gomez

However, Gomez was mistaken in saying that it was Duterte who signed the Centenarian Act into law. Former President Benigno Aquino III actually signed the bill on June 23, 2016, a week before his term ended on June 30, 2016.

You can check the copy of the signed act here.

Aquino first rejected the bill in 2013, but it was because it contained a provision seeking to increase to 75% the discount on products and services to centenarians. His veto message said that this rate “exceeds the usual mark-up rate of most businesses and will obliterate profit margins and result in capital loss.”

In 2016, the Palace said that Aquino approved the law because the said provision was already removed.

On June 27, 2016, Lagman welcomed Aquino’s decision.

“Just in the nick of time! I must say it was really a long wait but it was well worth the wait,” Lagman said.

“In behalf of all the co-authors of the Centenarians Act, I would like to thank our President for giving it the green light at last. We are all happy that we are bidding the 16th Congress with a law that sends the message that we are a government that cares for its citizens,” he added.

The Centenarian Act of 2016 grants Filipinos, both in the country and abroad, who reach the ripe old age of 100 years old with rewards and incentives, including P100,000 in cash and a letter of felicitation from the President himself. The centenarians will also be given a plaque of recognition and more cash gift from their respective local government during the National Respect for Centenarians Day on every first Sunday of October.

What was signed during the Duterte administration was the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Centenarian Act of 2016, or Republic Act No. 10868.

The IRR was approved by DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, DOH Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, and then-DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno on September 26, with President Duterte witnessing the event.

Rep. Edcel Lagman was the principal author of the first Centenarian Bill filed in the 15th Congress (2010-2013) that was vetoed by Aquino. The bill was re-filed by his son, former Rep. Edcel “Grex” Lagman in the 16th Congress (2013-2016) and was enacted by Aquino.

The law was sponsored at the Senate by Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara.

Inquirer’s mistake

While searching for news stories relevant to the Centenarian Law, we stumbled upon an Inquirer report, “Centenarians to get P100k, incentives; IRR signed,” published on October 10, 2016. We found the report’s concluding sentence to be erroneous as it cited Duterte as the President who signed the bill into law.

Leyte Mayor Richard Gomez

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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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