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Busted: US did not announce ‘no visa’ or ‘bilateral visa’ policy with PH due to Duterte’s remarks



Has the United States finally heard President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcements about how unfair it is for Filipinos to get a visa to enter the US while Americans can easily visit the Philippines without one?

One of the articles circulating on Facebook claimed that the US finally granted a ‘no visa’ policy for the Filipinos, which meant they no longer need visa to get to the US. Duterte fan page Duterte 2016 Bohol “Calapenhon Movement” shared the article.

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We can no longer access the article from that link shared by that fan page, but we went ahead and Googled that article, posted by No, the site is in no way associated with the UK news site The Telegraph.

We found the article and according to it, the US Department of State updated the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), now including the Philippines as the 39th country whose citizens no longer need a visa to stay in the US. The article added that this only applies to those who wish to stay in the US for up to six months for business or tourism purposes. Those who wanted to stay in the country longer have to apply for a visa.

Te1egraph also claimed that US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the US State Department decided to add the Philippines to the VWP program “to facilitate business and strengthen ties between the countries.”

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But according to the US Customs and Border Protection, there are still 38 countries listed in the VWP. The Philippines is not one of them.

Moreover, the citizens of those 38 countries can only stay in the US for tourism or business for up to 90 days without a visa, not six months, as Te1egraph has claimed.

Under the VWP, those 38 countries should also allow US citizens and nationals to visit their countries for up to 90 days without a visa for tourism or business purposes.

Another visa-related article claimed that the US wants a “bilateral visa policy” with Asia after President Duterte’s announcement. This was shared by several Duterte fan pages, such as Rodrigo Duterte Lines, Rodrigo Duterte Support Page by Dr Eli Alegado, and Duterte Diehard Supporters. It was also shared by the FB page Pilipinas Online Updates.

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The “bilateral visa policy” article was picked up by blogs like Pilipinas Online Updates, Tartey, Netizensph, Du30newsinfo, which are among the blogs that we have noted for sharing several fake or satire news.

According to the articles published by these blogs, the US Secretary of State Kerry said that the US is considering a “two-sided visa arrangement” with Asia. This statement was said to have come after Duterte hit the US for its “prohibitive visa arrangement” for Filipinos.


The articles quoted Kerry saying: “We are almost done putting measures in place to ensure that we don’t enter into agreements that would ruin our immigration policies. We have created a system to ensure visitors do not do contrary to what their visas allow them to.” They also claimed that Kerry failed to specify when this reciprocal understanding over the visa policy will be implemented.

We traced the sources of the articles and found out that they originated from USATODAYTV. When we checked the home page of the website, we found several fake articles in it, such as Senator Manny Pacquiao resigning, Donald Trump donating $20 million to Haiti (fake story from Updater24 and DW-Tv3), and Agot Isidro being investigated for dating drug lords (she isn’t, as what we’ve busted earlier).

This meant the website that broke the story about the “bilateral visa policy” from the US to Asian countries cannot be trusted, what with its publication of several fake stories. Moreover, there are no other sources that can verify this change in US visa policy.

For those who are hoping to get real updates regarding US visa, just visit the official website of the US Embassy in the Philippines.

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Busted: Robredo wants to add years to the K-to-12 program? It’s fake news!



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.

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Busted: Walang kasalanan ang Tulfo brothers ayon sa imbestigasyon? It’s a misleading headline!



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

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.


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.

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Busted: Legarda sinumbatan si Robredo na mag-resign bago pa lumabas ang resulta na panalo si Marcos? Misleading headline!



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 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.


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.

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