American presidential son Barron Trump allegedly said that he is honored to see President Rodrigo Duterte during US President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to the Philippines in November.
However, the source is a blog called skynews-tv.com. This site is not related to news.sky.com, a news site that “delivers breaking news, headlines and top stories from business, politics, entertainment and more in the UK and worldwide.”
The story is no longer available on skynews-tv.com, but we were able to take screenshots of the article.
It claimed that the younger Trump would accompany his father during the East Asia Summit in November in the Philippines to see Duterte, who was described in the story as the “closest ally of his father.”
A said “source in the White House” revealed that Barron admires Duterte and loves watching and reading news about the Philippine president. The story further claimed that it is not confirmed that Barron would accompany his father, but that the boy was interested in meeting Duterte “one on one.”
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano was also quoted in the story, “As host country, we hope to make the event productive and pleasant to our foreign guests. We will let them experience our world-famous Filipino hospitality to make sure they would have good memories of their stay in the Philippines.”
However, the quoted statement above was actually something that Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said when Malacañang released a statement about White House confirming US President Trump’s visit to Manila in November.
Trump’s visit to Manila is part of his trip from November 3 to 14, a visit that will also include South Korea, Japan and China. He will visit Clark, Pampanga on November 10 to 14 to attend the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) East Asian Summit.
The White House’s statement merely confirmed Trump visiting the Philippines with his wife, First Lady Melania Trump.
“President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii from November 3-14, 2017,” the White House said in a statement on September 29.
The website is no longer available.
But when we checked Facebook for other content from skynews-tv.com, we found are fake news stories about Australia’s Prime Minister’s wanting to offer Duterte help regardless of how the world views it and US Embassy confirming a travel ban on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
Aside from the website being unavailable now and publishing other fake stories, there is also the matter of how it was named in an effort to mimic news.sky.com, a trend that has been used by other fake news sites. Some examples would be aljazeeranews-tv.com, a fake news site imitating Al Jazeera’s site; gma-tv.com, which tried to imitate gmanews.tv, gmanetwork.com, and gmanetwork.com/news; and other blogs that are doing their best to mimic the URLs of legitimate news sites.
Several fake stories have been written trying to portray US President Donald Trump as a close friend/ally of President Rodrigo Duterte – from Trump inviting Duterte to his inauguration to Trump defending him at the UN General Assembly. There was also a fake story about how another presidential son, Donald Trump Jr., allegedly saying that he sometimes feels as though Duterte is his president.
The story was still shared to a Facebook group.
Sources: ( gmanetwork.com , cnnphilippines.com )