Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” said on September 20 that they are investigating the information they received about the opposition hiring six ships to bring protesters from Visayas and Mindanao to Manila for the September 21 rally.
“Bina-validate pa namin ang information na nag-hire daw sila ng 6 na barko para kargahan ng mga galing sa Mindanao at Visayas para pumunta rito,” dela Rosa told reporters.
“Expected naman natin iyan. Hirap silang kumuha ng mga tao sa Luzon area. Ang mga kinukuha nila ay iyung madali nila mauto,” he added.
But on September 21, dela Rosa himself told reporters that the information turned to be false.
“We’ve been validating that report na meron daw anim na barko na nirentahan iyong mga kalaban ng Duterte administration para maghakot ng mga protester from Mindanao at Visayas but it turned out negative,” dela Rosa said.
We already busted the said report after we found out that it came from the fake news site pinoyobserver.com, which claimed that the “Yellow groups” were the ones behind renting the Superferry ships. Pinoy Observer even continued with their lie with two more articles, claiming that the Vis-Min protesters ended up stranded at a Batangas port, tired and hungry from their ordeal and that the Liberal Party and militant group BAYAN were blaming each other over the situation the protesters were in.
Some Facebook pages also made the spread of the wrong information worse as they posted old photos and claimed that these photos were of the stranded Vis-Min protesters at the Batangas port. They turned out to be photos taken in 2014 and 2015 of stranded passengers due to a typhoon and another photo taken of passengers waiting in line while hoping to get their bus ride home to their respective provinces for Christmas.
Source: ( news.abs-cbn.com )