A Facebook post from a certain ‘Anthony Tamarkis’ has daringly accused Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of being paid 500 million pesos in check.
The Facebook user even uploaded a photo of the said check, which is noted to have come from San Miguel Corporation. The BDO check was named to ‘Antonio Trillanes IV’ and was issued on March 30, 2016.
Tamarkis’ post came after Trillanes, a vice presidential candidate, claimed that presidential candidate Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has P211 million in a joint account with daughter Sara in a BPI Julia Vargas branch.
As Trillanes accused Duterte of not being the “simple and poor man” that he bragged to be, he asked the presidential candidate to explain these secret bank accounts. He said that he obtained the information from his “various networks.”
But now, the same accusation has been thrown at Trillanes after Tamarkis made this Facebook post, with the title “WHO IS CORRUPT NOW?” He even claimed to have validated the signatures on the check as they matched with the signatures of San Miguel Corporation officers.
But upon a closer look at the check, there are some irregularities that would prove this check is a fake. It was seemingly posted to discredit Trillanes.
Observe these enlarged images carefully. Look at the areas around the key data (e.g. names, dates, check numbers) on the check. Notice how they are pixilated, pointing to the fact that they are edited.
The controversial check bearing Trillanes’ name is obviously an edited version for these following details. Yes, seeing as how easily these kinds of edited and fake documents are being shared online, it seems like those who don’t want to be duped have to take out the detective in them. You can zoom in all you want and play investigator. Hopefully, we will be this watchful every time we come across any piece of information or document online.
Trillanes’ official Facebook page, “Antonio “Sonny Trillanes IV,” posted a document from BDO, where the P500 million check was claimed to have been issued. It certifies that the account number seen on the check circulating on social media does not exist in BDO’s system. The same document also certifies that San Miguel Corporation does not have a checking account in the bank’s Tandang Sora branch. The certification was issued on April 28, 2016 and signed by the First VP of BDO’s Branch Banking Group, Peter S. Lo, Jr.
This probably trumps all other arguments out there, seeing as how the bank involved has already responded to Trillanes’ request to certify the check that was supposedly issued to him.
While Trillanes’ accusations against Duterte still hold, Duterte himself have responded by saying that the burden of proof falls on Trillanes, the accuser. The mayor added that he won’t sign a waiver to make Trillanes work for the process of proving that Duterte indeed has more than P200 million in an undeclared bank account.
This is a different tune from when Duterte and his running mate, Allan Peter Cayetano, signed and showed a manifesto to the media, allowing the public to examine their bank accounts. Written on a piece of cardboard, the manifesto says that the presidential and vice-presidential candidates who signed it vow to “open all our bank accounts in local and foreign currencies both here and abroad in the interest of transparency and accountability.
The Duterte-Cayetano tandem signed the manifesto when they held a dialogue with the Yolanda victims in Tacloban City on March 14.
Watch the video created by memebuster.net to prove that the cheque is Fake!
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Pimentel sees dismissal of ICC complaint versus Duterte
Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said on Friday that the charges against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) will likely be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
“I believe that simply is the procedure in the ICC – they give every complainant an initial chance to survive (sic),” Pimentel said in a message sent to reporters last Friday.
He added that he believes that after the initial interview, the complaint will be dismissed in just a matter of time. He says that it will be dismissed because of lack of jurisdiction.
The ICC has informed the Philippine government that it will be conducting a preliminary examination on the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Duterte administration to see if there is a basis to conduct a formal investigation into alleged crimes against humanity that the president allegedly committed.
ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that the preliminary examination that will be conducted will analyze the crimes allegedly committed in the Philippines in the context of the anti-drug campaign of the government from July 1, 2016.
She also clarified that a preliminary examination is not an investigation but a process to examine the information available and determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation in accordance to the criteria established by the Rome Statute.
The Rome Statute is the treaty that established the ICC. It was signed by 123 states, including the Philippines.
The ICC has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
Pimentel, a Duterte ally, doubted that what happened in the Philippines under the president’s war on drugs falls under serious and grave crimes.
“Look at the crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction. Do you honestly believe what has happened here in the Philippines falls under any of those very serious and grave crimes? Honestly?” he asked.
Watch how artists’ group teaches Filipinos about their rights during TokHang
Resbak, an alliance of artists, posted an almost six-minute video on their Facebook page about what you should do when you are dealing with the police during Operation TokHang. With over 7,000 deaths, the group wanted to educate the Filipinos about what to do when they suddenly find themselves the subject of TokHang. They easily abbreviates these eight fundamental rights into M.A.T.A.P.A.N.G.
- M for Manahimik. You can choose to keep quiet and not answer the cops’ questions during interrogations.
- A for Ayoko. You don’t really need to grant the cops entry into your home if they say they want to search your home for illegal drugs.
- T for Tumawag. You can call your lawyer and avail of his services even if you don’t have money to pay for it.
- A for Alis. You can leave if the cops cannot provide enough basis to keep you in the police station.
- P for Pribado. You should only be frisked for illegal items in a private place and only cops of the same sex should do it.
- A for Alamin. You have the right to know the name and rank of the cop in charge of the operation.
- N for Numero. You can call Resbak at 0956 874 2385 if you or someone’s rights got violated under TokHang.
- G for Go. You go and follow the rules indicated above.
You can watch the video below, which was done as a spoof of the recently concluded Miss Universe 2017.
Are you in DCW’s list? Here are tips on how to remove your name from that list and more
If you find your name in Duterte Cyber Warrior’s “Wall of Shame,” which may make you a target of cyber threats, such as identity theft and other kinds of attacks, you can do something about it.
Facebook user Khary Woulfe posted some tips on how you can hit back at the group’s threats.
He also referred netizens to a safer version of the list, similar to the one posted by the Superficial Gazette. You can access it here.
As for taking your name, Woulfe suggested these tips:
- Verify your Facebook with your phone number. This is required to change your FB username.
- Change your username everyday (or more frequent than that.) The Messenger change username option is the fastest way to do so. (Otherwise, go to https://facebook.com/username if you’re on computer or on web version of Facebook.)
This way, your old Facebook address included on their lists will point instead to a 404 (Page Not Found) page.
“However, if you haven’t provided your username beforehand and your link has been listed as https://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000xxxx, the link would still point to your profile right after changing your username. If this is your case, it is better to deactivate your account for the mean time,” he added.
Woulfe also gave tips on how to take down the website hosting DCW’s list.
Here are the steps:
- Go to https://www.cloudflare.com/abuse/form and select Violent Threats.
- Fill in Full name with any name that isn’t your true name.
- Fill in your email address.
- Fill in Evidence URL with https://profile.du30cw.org/wos.
- Fill in Logs with:
The link provided points to a website hosted on CloudFlare. The “Wall of Shame” is actually a list of Facebook profiles with links pointing to profiles that they are going to steal infos and photos. They also send death threats and other forms of black mails. I believe such kind of activity is illegal. My family and friends are included in the list. Please don’t allow your services to be instrumental to such kind of illegal activites. Thank you.
- Click Submit.
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