FACT CHECK: Kim Jong-un did not call Duterte while in South Korea

FACT CHECK: Kim Jong-un did not call Duterte while in South Korea
The claim is fabricated. President Rodrigo Duterte did not receive a call from North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.

Claim: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called President Rodrigo Duterte during the latter’s South Korea trip on June 3 and the crowd cheered wildly.  

The blog webph.info in its June 5 post ran the headline, “Breaking: Kim Tumawag Niyanig ang Korea sa Lakas ng Hiyawan ni Duterte. Panoorin!

The blog post contained a YouTube video uploaded by “DDS NEWS ARMY” with the same title on June 3. The unclear headline and the thumbnail of the embedded video seem to imply that Kim called Duterte.

As of June 12, the post has been shared by 4 Facebook pages and one group which all accounted for a total 473,603 followers and 1,504 interactions.

The post has also been published by pinoyhopes.info.

Rating: FALSE

The facts: The claim is fabricated. The embedded video does not support the headline. There are no reports from credible news organizations that support the claim.

The embedded video was just Duterte’s speech in Seoul, South Korea, on June 3 before the Filipino community. As shown in the transcript, Duterte did not mention Kim, nor Kim’s call. 

The YouTube channel behind the embedded video also uploaded on the same day a video claiming Kim secretly watched Duterte’s speech. Both videos are portions of Duterte’s June 3 speech.

The post is written by a certain “V�O+L�C” who is also the author of majority of blog’s posts. And just like other “fake news” blogs checked by Rappler, webph.info does not have a company and author profile, editorial board, and contact details. It only says that it was created by PinoyTrend News and distributed by thinkingpinoys.info which leads to a defunct page.

Rappler has observed a pattern in recent weeks where several sites also known for publishing misleading or false claims also employed the same tactic: a post with an alarming headline is attached with a video that does not support the claim. – Miguel Imperial/Rappler.com

If you suspect a Facebook page, group, account, a website, or an article is spreading false information, let Rappler know by contacting us at factcheck@rappler.com. Let us battle disinformation one Fact Check at a time.


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