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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: Robredo nagbakasyon sa ibang bansa at tinakasan si Marcos? It’s a fake story!



Vice President Leni Robredo allegedly left the Philippines to go on vacation abroad and escape from her rival, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in the middle of the VP vote recount.

With a title that says “Leni Robredo Nagbakasyon Sa Ibang Bansa! Tina-kasan Si BBM! Panoorin,” the story has riled people up. They believed that Robredo really left the country to leave Marcos and the electoral protest behind.

The story was carried by sites such as,, and, before it was shared by Facebook pages such as “Action ni Duterte,” “Duterte for OFW,” “President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte  for New Philippines,” and Duterte Defenders” starting on April 6.


However, the links to the story showed a 14-minute long YouTube video of political analyst and De La Salle professor Antonio Contreras talking about the alleged wet ballots discovered during the recount. He did mention about how Robredo was in another country, while her lawyer Romulo Macalintal was left behind to explain the wet ballots allegedly found during the recount. Contreras said that the explanation about the condition of the ballots should come from the Comelec or those responsible of maintaining the ballot boxes.

Unlike what the title claimed about how Robredo left the country to escape from Marcos, she actually went to London to speak at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) about “Overcoming Poverty in the Philippines and the Role of Politics in Economic Growth,” based on the Facebook post her official page made on April 7.

It was an honor to speak at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where I was invited to give a…

Posted by VP Leni Robredo on Saturday, April 7, 2018

Robredo went to London not to go on a vacation but to give a talk related to what the Office of the Vice President has been doing. And she certainly did not go to the UK to escape Marcos. She even continued with the 48th episode of the BISErbisyong Leni radio show, where she and her co-host Ely Saludar talked to #IstoryaNgPagasa champions in the UK.

All of these meant that Robredo visited Robredo for work-related engagements, not to go on a break and escape from Marcos during the VP vote recount. The story is fake!


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Busted: ‘Napatunayan na si BBM ang sinuportahan ng taumbayan’? BBM 100% winner as VP? Fake news!



Amid the vice presidential vote recount, some Facebook pages have been posting articles with titles and feature images claiming that former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has won as VP.

The story, as picked up by several blogs, has a title that says, “Napatunayan Na Sa Wakas Na Si BBM Ang Sinuportahan Ng Taumbayan! Panoorin.” The feature image also shows Marcos surrounded by his supporters with a text that says “BBM 100 Percent Winner Pagka Bise.”


Both the title and the text on the image would instantly tell you that Marcos has already been declared as the winner in the recount.

The story from that was shared by the Facebook page “Pilipinas Duterte Global Supporters 360” even got shared over 900 times since it was posted on April 3.

The same story was also picked up by blogs such as,,,, and, among others. It was shared either by Facebook pages such as “Duterte for OFW,” “Duterte Astig,” “PRRD Defender,” and “Duterte Para sa Bayan” or by individual users to several Facebook groups, such as “Imee Marcos for Senator Movement.”

And based on the comments on these posts, it seemed that while some netizens realized that these claims are not true about Marcos being the winning VP, others were asking why he has not been proclaimed as the VP until now.

However, the VP vote recount is still ongoing since it started on April 2, so we’re wondering where the makers of hte graphics and story got the idea that Marcos has emerged as the winner. These claims are clearly fake and were meant to mislead people.

If you click on the article on, you will only find a 404 error on the page.

We did find a 10-minute YouTube video when we clicked on However, the video just showed Marcos, his wife, and sister Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos being greeted by their supporters. By the way the title was framed, did they mean that the Marcos supporters comprise the “taumbayan” that they mentioned? That is not really the case, which makes this story a definite fake one.


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Busted: 7800 na patay nakalistang bumoto kay Robredo sa Bacolod? Story came from a noted fake news site!



A certain Patricia Laurel shared on Facebook on April 6 a few screenshots of an article claiming that Bacolod election officials found 7,800 dead people who were listed as voters for Vice President Leni Robredo.


She captioned it, “Mga patay bumoto kay Leni.” As of writing, her post has already gained over 4,500 shares, almost 500 reactions, and over 100 comments.

Angry netizens ended up calling Robredo names.

The post was also shared by veteran writer and The Manila Times columnist Bobi Tiglao. His post has since then been shared close to 200 times.

Facebook page Showbiz Government also shared the same post by Laurel and has managed to gain over 800 shares.


However, MemeBuster later found out that the story in the now viral screenshots accusing that over 7,000 dead  people voted for Robredo came from the site and was published in December 2017.

But we could not verify the claims in the story. Even the direct quotes found in the story were also carried by dubious sites.

We also found out that this is the same fake story that trended back in January, but it has a different title then, “Bicol Election Officials Found 8,654 Dead Folks Who Voted for Robredo,” as carried by the fake news site

Even has carried several fake stories before that we already debunked, such as how Senator Risa Hontiveros allegedly defended the CPP-NPA during a joint session on the extension of martial law, Nostradamus predicted President Rodrigo Duterte’s victory, and the late Playboy founder Hugh Heffner donated $5 million to Duterte’s drug war.

The site also carried the fake stories about Hontiveros filing a bill to raise the minimum age of senior citizenship to 65 from 60 and the lady senator helping the girl who hit a taxi driver in a viral video.

Tiglao once accused the Inquirer of using a fake photo of the “Start the Healing” rally on EDSA in NOvember 2017, but when he got confronted about it, deleted the post, but refused to apologize for his mistake.

The page Showbiz Government has also shared several hoaxes in the past, including those about unpaid EDSA protesters mobbing the Liberal Party office, an Oxford law professor saying the ICC cannot prosecute Duterte because of his high approval ratings, Senators Hontiveros and Kiko Pangilinan holding hands while walking, and more.


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