MISLEADING: Duterte did not pass any law when he was congressman

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One of the 11 bills that Duterte authored when he was congressman became law: Republic Act 8969, which makes the 3rd Friday of August a special holiday in Davao City

MISLEADING. A Facebook post claimed in a list that Duterte did not pass any law when he was a congressman.

CLAIM: On March 13, 2019, Facebook page Thinking Class of the Philippines posted a list that supposedly showed how poorly President Rodrigo Duterte performed as a lawyer, prosecutor, congressman, and mayor of Davao City. 

The post appears to echo a claim made by Twitter user @jedqcepe in a tweet dated September 15, 2018. Cepe claimed, among other things, that Duterte as a congressman “had no law passed.”

The Facebook post garnered almost 3,000 interactions. 

The claim was submitted for fact-checking as a private message to the Newsbreak Facebook page. 

Rating: MISLEADING

The Facts: One of the 11 bills that Duterte authored when he was Congressman became law.

Duterte represented the 1st district of Davao City in the 11th Congress (1998 to 2001).

Rappler’s 2016 research on his legislative track record shows that he authored 11 bills during his term, with only one being enacted into law: Republic Act 8969, which declared the 3rd Friday of August a special holiday in Davao City. (READ: How did Rodrigo Duterte fare as congressman?)

Below is the copy of the law: 

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Rappler asked Cepe on Facebook and Thinking Class of the Philippines page about the sources of their claims, but they have yet to reply. – Glenda Marie Castro/ Rappler.com

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