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Busted: Robredo’s P6-M vacation house in Albay destroyed by Mayon eruption? It’s fake news!

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Facebook pages by supporters of Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos and her brother, former Senator Bongbong Marcos, reacted to a post claiming that Vice President Leni Robredo’s vacation house in Albay was allegedly destroyed by the ongoing eruption of Mayon Volcano.

The post that was shared by a certain Sally Griffin alleges that Robredo’s house is one of the damaged properties by Mayon Volcano’s latest eruption. She also alleges that the house is worth P6.7 million.

While trying to verify more about the story, we found a certain Joyce Tonido Legaspi sharing the same story from ptvnews.altervista.org. However, the site has been taken down when we checked.

MemeBuster has busted Legaspi’s Facebook posts two times in the past. We disputed her post about an edited headline on Facebook claiming that Quezon City Rep. Kit Belmonte saw nothing wrong with then presidential candidate Mar Roxas spending the Yolanda funds to fuel his campaign. But the real headline was actually “’Wrong to fault Mar for Yolanda housing.” Legaspi also posted the malicious meme with an invented quote from Senator Risa Hontiveros calling the Maute terrorists “epitome of courage and resilience.”

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We found the full story published on phnewspride.blogspot.com. It also quotes a certain Honorario Masongsong, tagged as the caretaker of Robredo’s vacation house. He is quoted saying that Robredo told him not to leave the house even with imminent danger to their lives.

“Nong kumakapal na ang abo sa bubong at unti-unti nang nabibitak ang ilang parte ng pader, sabi ko sa asawa’t anak ko eh lumikas na. Kako sabi ni Mam (Robredo), wag ko daw iwan ang bahay. Pero natakot ako baka malibing kami ng buhay”, Masongsong said.

The story further reads that Masongsong returned to the house, which was already destroyed and covered by ash fall. It was accompanied by a photo allegedly of the furniture covered by thick volcanic ash.

Masongsong allegedly revealed that the house was Robredo’s retreat house that has a panoramic view of the volcano. He added that the vice president has two other vacation houses in Caramoan and Daet, Camarines Norte.

However, the story is questionable.

The Facebook post that Sally Griffin shared does not bear any link to any reputable news agency. It is safe to say that her post is merely an accusation hurled towards the vice president. A quick visit to her profile shows that she is very fond of sharing posts about Bongbong Marcos.

On the phnewspride.blogspot.com’s post, several questions could also be raised. First is the veracity of Masongsong’s statement. He claimed that he was told not to leave the house despite imminent danger. However, it is safe to say that government agencies work very hard to make sure everyone within the danger zone will be spared from any danger. Proof to this is the presence of 64, 925 people in 59 evacuation centers, as reported by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

A quick reverse image search also shows that the image used in the story is used in 83 other websites all over the world.

Among the publications that first carried the image of the dust-covered furnishings was BBC, as it showed a gallery of photos of the results of the eruption of Mt. Merapi in October 2010.

A reverse image search is a process where a user can enter a photo to trace its origins or the very first time it was posted or used online.

It can be noticed as well that there are no other news agencies that carried the story.

And an even bigger reason to question the story from phnewspride.blogspot.com is the fact that the blog has carried so many fake stories before. We busted those stories, including those about the bishops telling Duterte to leave the NPA alone, Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat’s aide being caught with ecstasy at the NAIA, and actor Mark Anthony Fernandez impregnating two lady cops.

Mayon Volcano started spewing ash on January 13. Authorities were quick to ask residents within the 7-kilometer danger zone to evacuate. Different government agencies are working together to ensure the safety of residents.

Sources:( NDRRMC , CNN Philippines )

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

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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.

Sources: ( inquirer.net , news.mb.com.ph )

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

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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 phworkit.top.

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.

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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.

Sources: ( newsinfo.inquirer.ne , thestandard.com.ph , cnnphilippines.com , rappler.com , news.abs-cbn.com , businessmirror.com.ph )

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

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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 dailydu30.info 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.

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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.

Sources: ( philstar.comnewsinfo.inquirer.net )

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