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Busted: ‘US senator ipinagtanggol si Duterte at sinupalpal ang mga dilawin’ is a misleading headline!



A video circulating online and picked up by blogs have been claiming that a US senator defended Duterte and slammed the opposition Yellows. The featured image showed a man in suit and tie holding what appeared to be a photo of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Some of the blogs that posted the video are,, and, The video has been shared at least 20,000 times on Facebook.

President Rodrigo Duterte

We clicked on one of the blogs and found an almost 19-minute YouTube video. The one we watched even had a “Protect the President” phrase in the video itself.

President Rodrigo Duterte

We watched the entire length of the YouTube video but we could not find what the headline was claiming as a US senator defending President Rodrigo Duterte and hitting the Yellows, or the Liberal Party.

What we found instead was Human Rights Watch (HRW) Deputy Director Phelim Kine talking in the US congressional hearing about the human rights situation in the Philippines. He definitely is not a US senator, as the headline claimed, and he was not defending Duterte.

Here is a clearer photo of Kine taken during that US congressional hearing on July 20, 2017:

Image: GMA News

Kine even tweeted about it.

Also present was iDEFEND Philippines spokesperson Ellecer Carlos.

Throughout the 19-minute video, all Kine and Carlos were talking about were the human rights violations in the Philippines, no defense for Duterte at all.


In the 19-minute YouTube clip, here are some of the things that Kine talked about:

  • Reasons why it’s a critical time in the Philippines: thousands of untold victims in the Philippine government’s war on drugs with zero accountability by the government; the launching of a propaganda effort to deny the human rights violations using a “big lie technique” with contradictory statistics and lies; and
  • The government’s lies include following the rule of law, catching drug lords, and using fabricated statistics
  • Victimizing the poor and kids as collateral damage
  • How Duterte won on a platform promising violence
  • How cops killed drug suspects after those suspects allegedly fought back
  • How Duterte incited violence by encouraging the public to kill addicts, referencing to that time when Duterte himself said that he is willing to kill 3 to 4 million addicts
  • How the US’ influence can be used to ensure that the Philippines will change its policy to protect human rights

Kine also talked about the same things in his article for HRW on March

Carlos discussed how Duterte issued threats against human rights advocates, how people who are against Duterte’s war on drugs are automatically called “Yellows,” and echoing Kine’s recommendation for the US Congress to make a statement for Duterte to stop the killings, threatening human rights advocates, and resolve the vigilante killings, among others.

Those who are expecting to watch a US senator defending President Duterte while watching the video would be disappointed. What you’ll find instead are human rights advocates describing the human rights violations in the Philippines and recalling Duterte’s statements that incited violence and included threats against those who go against his war on drugs. Therefore, the headline claiming that a US senator was defending Duterte is a misleading one.

Even the featured image that was used by the blogs sharing the video with the misleading title is an edited one. It was not Duterte’s photo that Kine was holding but an HRW report called “License to Kill” documenting the killings.

President Rodrigo Duterte

You can watch the whole video of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Hearing where the 19-minute video was lifted from here:

Unfortunately, it seemed like the admins of the Duterte and Marcos fan pages and some individual Facebook users did not actually watch the content of the video because they still shared the blogs with the misleading headline and even thanked the American senator for coming to Duterte’s defense.

President Rodrigo Duterte President Rodrigo Duterte

The Sara Duterte fan page even exclaimed, “Wow, nakakabilib naman ito. US senator talagng pinagtanggol niya si pangulong at sinupalpal ang mga dilawin. Panoorin niyo po mga kadds at talagang mapapabilib din kayo.”

President Rodrigo Duterte

Nakakabilib nga, as per what the fan page admin said of the misleading title. It’s truly unbelievable what some people will react to without even reading or watching the content, choosing instead to just rely on the headline.

Even the commenters on the Sara Duterte fan page urged the admin to carefully review the video because the men in the clip were not defending Duterte at all but were against Duterte’s war on drugs.

One even asked, “Are u yellowtards in disguse? OMG!”

OMG nga!

President Rodrigo Duterte President Rodrigo Duterte

‘Is this site hacked?’

President Rodrigo Duterte

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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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