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Busted: Trudeau apologized to Filipinos, vowed visa-free entry for Filipino caregivers? It’s fake news!

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau allegedly apologized to the Filipinos and promised to give Filipino caregivers visa-free entry to his country. At least this is what some blogs are claiming.

The story has already been shared several hundreds of times on Facebook by pages such as “Duterte,” “Latest Duterte News,” “Philippine News Courier,” and “Pinoy Observer.” It was picked up by blogs such as localhero.altervista.org and latestdutertenews.altervista.org, but it likely came from Okd2.com.

Okd2 did not label the story as “Humor & Satire” just like many of its stories, but we went on to check the details of the story, where Trudeau’s first name was misspelled as “Justine.”

In the story “Justine Trudeau Apologizes to Filipinos, Promises No Visa for PH Caregivers within His Term,” the Canadian prime minister allegedly apologized to Filipinos during his speech to the over 30,000 Fil-Canadians in Ontario, Canada during the Filipino-Canada Day on December 4. Trudeau was said to have praised President Rodrigo Duterte and the Philippines.

The article attributed the following statements which were allegedly uttered by Trudeau:

“I had a good time in the Philippines and the hospitality of your president, President Rodrigo Duterte, was second to none. I will surely love to visit there again if opportunity comes in the future.”

“I know some of you might have been offended in what I said about the Philippines’ war on drugs. I didn’t mean to offend everyone. There must have been some misunderstanding and to all people who have been hurt by my words, please accept my apology.”

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“My previous words was misquoted and I want to make it clear. Canada and the Philippines have been good friends for decades and people like me have no right to destroy that friendship. Thus, both of our governments are working to settle than problem and bring those containers of garbage back here, where we can dispose properly.”

“I am going to ask our immigration office if we can give no visa to these hardworking Filipino caregivers who spend their life caring our parents. I will ask our lawmakers and if they won’t agree with me. I will issue an Executive Order. I want this visa free to Filipino caregivers to take effect immediately.”

But all these remarks can only be found on Okd2.

We searched Trudeau’s official Twitter account, which is quite meticulous in covering his official activities. Since Okd2’s story mentioned that the Canadian PM made his apology to the Filipinos during the Fil-Canadian Day on December 4 in Ontario, we looked for his tweets on December 4. There were several tweets on that day, but they were all about Trudeau’s visit to a Canadian fuel cell manufacturer in Beijing; his appointment of two new independent senators; the arrival of the Canadian delegation at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People for stronger Canada-China ties; Trudeau’s dialogue with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang; his announcement of Canada’s partnership with China for environment protection, more employment opportunities, and increased trade; joint statement of Canada and China on climate change; and a video clip of Trudeau talking about his dialogue with Chinese Premier Li.

We can conclude that on December 4, Trudeau was in Beijing, not in Ontario for a Fil-Canadian Day.

The Filipino community in Canada celebrates the Philippine Independence Day every June 12 and Canada Day every July 1.

Unfortunately, many netizens bought the lies and were quick to heap praises on Trudeau for allegedly making an “apology” and realizing that he was wrong to insult the Philippines and President Duterte.

While searching for any relevant news about Filipinos caregivers possibly getting into Canada visa-free, we did find something about Filipino citizens’ visa-free entry to Canada, but it was from fake news site usa-television.com.

Canada did grant visa-free entry, but not to Filipinos. In June 2016, Trudeau announced that Canada would allow visa-free entry for Mexicans starting December 2016.

The feature image used by the blogs spreading this fake story first surfaced in 2015.

It was clear that the claims about Trudeau apologizing to the Filipino community in Ontario, Canada over his comment on the Philippines’ bloody war on drugs and human rights issues was made up by Okd2. Even his alleged statements can only be found on the blog, which has been known for making up fake stories and articles they casually tag as “satire.” And Trudeau did not mention anything about promising visa-free entry and stay for Filipino caregivers in Canada, either.

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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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