HOAX: US Ambassador Nikki Haley ‘quote’ on Duterte

HOAX: US Ambassador Nikki Haley ‘quote’ on Duterte
This is a resurfaced claim from 2017. The US ambassador didn't say “we must give Duterte space to run the nation.”


Claim: US Ambassador to the UN* Nikki Haley said ‘the Philippines is suffocating’ and ‘we must give Duterte space to run the nation.’

The Facebook page “Dapat Deritso Sulong” posted the photo on September 25 and garnered minimal social media engagement. 

The claim was previously posted on September 16, 2017 by aljazeeranews-tv.com, a now-defunct website that mimicked newsgroup Al Jazeera. 

Rating: HOAX

The facts: This is an old hoax. Haley did not make such statement.

US embassy press attaché Molly Koscina previously said that the speech by Haley, supposedly quoted in the repot, “was never made.”

In the United States Mission to the United Nations website, Haley’s latest remark was on September 24 during the “High-Level Event on the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem.” There are no records in the website of the alleged statement.

GMA and Al Jazeera Philippine Correspondent Jamela Aisha Alindogan also debunked the claim in September 2017.

A Google reverse image search leads to the original photo of Haley overlaid with the quote “All I’ve done with Israel is tell the truth” from Christians United for Israel

The manipulated photo originally came from former Department of Interior and Local Governance (DILG) Undersecretary Emily Padilla’s, now Agrarian Reform** undersecretary, Facebook page according to a September 25, 2017 memebuster.net post. The logo of DILG and MRRD NECC (Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee) are also overlaid. Padilla is a former member of MRRD NECC.

Here are the original and manipulated photos. 

Rappler has previously checked alleged praises of leaders to President Rodrigo Duterte: French President Emmanuel Macron calling Duterte a “role model.” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta calling Duterte “the strongest man,” and Pope Francis defending Duterte’s “God is stupid” remark. — Miguel Imperial/Rappler.com

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Editor’s Note:
*The original title of this story referred to Nikki Haley as “UN Ambassador.” This has been corrected.
**We also mistakenly said that Emily Padilla is agriculture undersecretary; she is agrarian reform undersecretary.

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