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Busted: Luneta gathering for Robredo’s resignation sets world record? Misleading caption for a 2017 rally!



Starting February 7, several Facebook pages shared a post with a title claiming that thousands of President Rodrigo Duterte’s supporters went to gather at Luneta Park to call for Vice President Leni Robredo’s resignation.

The story was published by blogs such as,,, and others. It was shared by Facebook pages “Duterte Warriors,” “OFW Duterte Supporters,” “Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos,” “Duterte Saviours of Filipinos Today,” “Ronald dela Rosa Supporters,” and “Duterte Nation,” among others. The story got thousands of shares through these same pages.

We checked the links and found out that they only contain a video without any text explaining what it is all about. The video is 41 minutes and 59 seconds long and shows a group of people with placards calling for Robredo’s ouster.

Duterte supporters were quick to express support in ousting Robredo. Some of those who commented even expressed disappointment that they were not informed ahead that such a gathering will be held.

While the rally did happen, the Luneta gathering, that some commenters felt bad for not having attended, has long passed. It, in fact, happened on April 2, 2017.


The movement was spearheaded by Duterte supporters and Robredo critics Mocha Uson, Jimmy Bondoc, and lawyer Bruce Rivera. It was dubbed “Palit Bise” and was held at the Quirino Grandstand at the Rizal Park.

Rivera was a member of the group that filed an impeachment case against Robredo. However, the impeachment complaint did not prosper because there was no endorser, with a named endorser even distancing himself from the complaint. An impeachment complaint can be filed by private individuals before the House of Representatives where the proceedings are initiated, but it must be endorsed by a representative.

The Palit Bise rally was staged by Duterte supporters to call for the resignation or impeachment of Robredo.

The rally was held after Duterte supporters saw Robredo’s video message played at a side session organized in line with the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs annual meeting. However, former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. had earlier said that Robredo’s message to the UN was not an impeachable offense.

The Palit Bise rally was staged despite the fact that Duterte then told his supporters to stop the efforts calling for the ouster of the vice president. The rally still pushed through and organizers said that the funds they raised, reaching around P2 million, were donations from the Duterte’s supporters all over the world.

The fact that the blogs reposted the video clips of the Palit Bise rally without so much as an explanation as to what, how, why, or when the event occurred has confused some of the readers who might not have bothered clicking on the YouTube videos, which were posted in April 2017.  It misled some of the followers of the Facebook pages that reposted the story on February 7 and 8 this year, making them believe that there has been another rally.

Up to this day, impeachment cases against VP Robredo still have not prospered.

But what really caught our attention, aside from the recycled content misleading the people, is the caption used by several of the Facebook pages we mentioned above. Their caption read:


Ikaw kaisa krin ba sa mga supporters ni Tatay Digong? type YES kung OO.

Panoorin nyo po ang video Kabayan.Anong masasabi nyo rito? E Share po natin para malaman ng iba.”

The admin of the pages seem to be claiming that the Palit Bise rally set a world record, which is not true at all.

In an April 2 Inquirer report, Bondoc, one of the organizers, said he could not give a crowd estimate, but assured that no one was paid to attend the rally.

The Philippine National Police-National Capital Regional Police Office (PNP-NCRPO), however, said that it was attended by almost 5,000 people. DZMM TeleRadyo then tweeted that the PNP-NCRPO said the crowd dwindled to 3,500 at around 9:30 p.m.

The rally started at around 4 p.m. and ended at around 1 a.m.

An event attended with around 5,000 people is far from being record breaking. If we’re looking at Luneta gatherings, the Duterte-Cayetano “miting de avance” at the park on May 7, 2016 even attracted hundreds of thousands of people, with the police giving a crowd estimate of 300,000 to 600,000 people.

Misleading captions and titles have long been used by fake story sites and Facebook pages to sow confusion among the netizens.

Sources: (, GMA News, DZRH News, Twitter/DZMM Teleradyo )


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Busted: Richard Gomez shares fake news claiming Queen Elizabeth II called Duterte a brave man



Actor and now Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez shared a fake story from an altervista blog claiming that British monarch Queen Elizabeth II called Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte a “brave man.”

Bearing the title, “Queen Elizabeth: Who Would Have Thought That One Day Philippines Will Get Such a Brave Man Like Duterte?” the blog noted that it was from the BBC Channel. However, the blog that published it was, which has also been suspended.

However, it should be noted that the blog that published the fake story was was, which is already suspended.


Gomez shared the post on Twitter on February 21 and it has since caught the attention of the netizens who called him out for sharing fake news.

MemeBuster already busted that story in November 2016. The story was then carried by, which is now inactive.

Read more about our story debunking the fake news here.

Several Twitter users called out Gomez for spreading fake news.

Someone urged him to be responsible in sharing news.

Others advised him to check the legitimacy of the news source before sharing.

Gomez was also slammed by netizens when he falsely claimed that the Centenarian Law was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. The said law was actually signed by former President Benigno Aquino III on June 13, 2016, a week before his term ended.

MemeBuster has listed as one of the fake news sites that used the trick of mimicking the URL of established media sources.


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Busted: Netizens hit Marcos fan page for old misleading meme about Trump allowing Filipinos visa-free entry to US



In February 2017, fan page “Marcos Corner” posted a meme claiming that US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to allow Filipinos to enter America without a visa.

The meme even said, “Good news for Filipinos…! Thank you President Trump!”

At first look, you’d think the meme was a genuine screenshot from a CNN breaking news story announcing “President Trump signs executive order to allow Filipino citizens to enter America without a visa.”

The Marcos Corner’s admin wrote, “Salute US President.”

“If this is true…. Ayan mga kapwa ko Pinoy. Favor na sa inyo iyan…. #ThanksTrump,” the admin added in a Facebook post on February 10, 2017.

While Marcos Corner posted the meme in February last year, we noticed how it was revived just a few days ago. As of writing, the meme has been shared over 32,000 times. While many of the recent shares showed people being curious about whether the meme’s claim is true or not, some of them just shared the meme without saying anything, making more room for confusion.

There were commenters who rejoiced over the said news.

However, there were also many commenters who called out the Facebook page’s admin for spreading fake news and causing more confusion among the netizens.

The commenters above are right, though. This meme on Trump signing documents that were claimed to be an executive order to give Filipinos visa-free entry to the US is fake.


MemeBuster has debunked that same photo before when it was first shared in February 2017 by various Facebook pages. We found out that the photo of Trump that was used was actually taken as a screenshot of the live coverage by CNN of the time when the American president signed an EO repealing Obamacare.

There has been no EO from Trump giving Filipinos visa-free entry to his country. In fact, it has been reported recently that Trump wanted to revive the campaign to limit immigrants from bringing their family to the US.

When confronted about the fake news the page “Marcos Corner” was spreading about the Trump and visa for Filipinos, the admin of the page defended themselves by pointing out how they included the phrase “if this is true.”

By including that phrase in their Facebook post, it showed that the admins of the Facebook page was not 100 percent sure about the information that they shared in the first place. And they were right to doubt it because Trump’s photo that was simply pushed online in the meme with misleading texts was really a fake.

Moreover, the list of 63 countries that offer visa-free access to Filipinos does not include the US.

The US’ visa waiver program that allows foreigners to travel to their country for business or tourism for as long as 90 days without getting a visa only includes 38 countries. The Philippines was not included in that list.

Sources: ( , )


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Busted: Trillanes nagsabing handa siyang mamatay katulad ni Ninoy Aquino para sa bansa? It’s a misleading headline!



Pro-Duterte supporters mocked Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for allegedly saying that he is ready to die for our freedom.

Trillanes, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, has been the subject of harsh online comments by Duterte supporters.

In the link shared and commented by many of these supporters however, one will be directed to a prompt saying that the blog has been suspended for violations of community rules.

Websites could be flagged for a variety of reasons such as spammy contents, violence, pornography, and more commonly, inappropriate contents. Ever since the issue of online trolls and bashers hounded the Philippines, several websites have been flagged for posting contents that are meant only to direct users to a page despite the content being totally unrelated to the title.

The other article shared by, which shares the same title proves to be nothing but a clickbait because the content talks about the meeting of President Duterte and the parents of slain teenager Kian Delos Santos.

Comments made by Duterte supporters range from mockery to direct threats. Name calling is also very noticeable in the comments. Some of the commenters called Trillanes a traitor. In the same breath, they compared Trillanes with slain former Sen. Aquino, whom they referred to as a traitor as well.


The story was picked up by blogs with names such as,,,,,, and more.

The posts were spread widely by different Facebook pages that support the president, such as “Pres. Duterte Community” and “Duterte for a Change,” and even by the page of the supporters of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, among others. Facebook page “Time News Information,” bearing President Duterte’s photo, also shared the story.

Some netizens shared the link to the story to Facebook groups such as “Marcos Loyalist” and “President Rody Duterte Facebook Army.”

But just like with the case with, the content was not relevant to the headline at all.

If one would do a quick search, no reliable source quoted Trillanes for saying that he is prepared to die for the freedom of the country.

The post circulated at the height of the national call for justice for slain teenager Kian Delos Santos who was allegedly killed helplessly and brutally by members of Caloocan Police.

Trillanes visited the wake of Delos Santos and spoke to the parents of the 17-year-old. He condemned the brutal killing of the teen.

“Last year pa natin ipinagsisigawan na mali ito. Kung hindi pa sila nahuli ng CCTV camera at nag-alburuto pa yung mamamayan, tuloy-tuloy na ito at hindi ito hihinto,” he was quoted by ABS-CBN News.

The death of Delos Santos has been a big issue that also caught the interest of international media.

A senate hearing was also held to investigate the death of Delos Santos.


Source: ( ABS CBN News )


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