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Busted: University of San Carlos students in Cebu WERE NOT forced to join rally vs. death penalty



The University of San Carlos held noise barrage rallies in all five campuses in Cebu on March 16, but the protest became even more controversial when a Facebook page posted photos of university students claiming they only joined the rally for the sake of getting their attendance checked.

Facebook page “Cebu Flash Report” posted photos of USC students holding up a sign that said “Attendance Ray Amoa.” The post, however, was already taken down by the page, but a netizen managed to get a screenshot of it.

The USC Supreme Student Council (SSC) president Deodatus Paolo Burgos called out Cebu Flash Report for posting the “misleading” and accused the page of “insulting the freedom of speech and expression” exercised by the university students who participated in the noise barrage.

He said participation in the rally was “not compulsory.”

“Good evening Cebu Flash Report! This is Deo Burgos a Political Science student and the President of SSC. I am just concerned on your recent post about the Noise Barrage conducted by the different stakeholders of the University. I would like to respectfully point out that your post is misleading since at the outset, we reminded students that the activity was not compulsory,” Burgos said in his post.

“They were only encouraged to join the protest,” he added.

He also directed Cebu Flash Report to the official Facebook page of the USC SSC for more information about the memo “encouraging” students to join the noise barrage.

We found this post on the USC Supreme Student Council Facebook page about the noise barrage.

Burgos then urged Cebu Flash Report to “correct” the misleading information, adding that the page should “report with truth.”

“Hope you are giving genuine interests because for us, you are insulting the freedom of speech and expression manifested by the students who joined the Noise Barrage,” he said.

“Please ask us the right questions before insulting our democratic efforts,” he added.

Before Burgos even took to Facebook, another netizen, Ara Allego, wrote a post in an effort to “clarify and correct a few things” about how “narrow-minded” people see rallies initiated by students.

She emphasized the fact that students were not forced to join the protest.


“Some people are saying that “para na sa grado, hagbungon kung dili muapil, requirement sa clearance”. Let me correct you by saying that these students/individuals rallying are NOT being forced to do so. They attended the rally NOT FOR GRADES, NOT FOR CLEARANCES, NOR FOR THE FEAR OF FAILING, BUT TO EXPRESS THEIR STAND!! THEY ARE SIMPLY EXERCISING THEIR RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH (it is CLEARLY stipulated under our present constitution Art III,Sec.4 NO LAW SHALL BE PASSED ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH),” she wrote.

She argued that if the attendance at the USC rally was indeed required, the number of attendees would have been so much higher.

Allego also pointed out that those who wanted to express their opinions can hold their own rally.

“Respect begets respect. If you want to voice out your opinion, make a rally on your own. Not by attacking the individual personally,” she said.

USC alumnus Jaemar Abangan said that a friend of those students pictured holding up the sign that they only protested “for attendance” reached out to him and explained what really happened as to why those photos were taken.

The said friend explained that he and his friends were pro-death penalty but they joined the rally, shouting nonsensical things. He added that the friend who was wearing shades was the one who wrote the controversial sign and forced him and his friends to hold it for photos, but he said no. He said that he did not expect his other friends to say yes to their shades-wearing friend.

The USC students’ noise barrage started at noon on March 16. The organizers said that there weren’t that many participants but added that they want their little voice to count in the fight against the reinstatement of the death penalty in the country.

Fr. Anthony Salas, USC’s vice president for academic affairs, read a statement that said that the school wants the Congress and Senate to know that they are against the “measures that rush and truncate democratic processes.”

“The University of San Carlos appreciates the Filipino people’s desire for meaningful and decisive change. However, measures that rush and truncate democratic processes essentially deny people the participation demanded by their dignity,” the university’s statement read.

“If public policy process is to achieve the common good, it must acknowledge that respect for the dignity of every human being is not a concession but a right,” the statement further read.

Fr. Salas said that the USC opposes Duterte administration’s plans to lower the minimum age of criminal liability from 15 to nine years old. He added that the noise barrage was not compulsory as the university administration respected the opinion of the students who did not agree with the university officials’ stand on the death penalty and other current issues.
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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.

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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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