Claim: A blog post shared on Facebook whose title says two college graduates were raped by 5 men uses the graduation photos of students from Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and Far Eastern University (FEU).
The full title of the article shared on Facebook reads: “Dalawang college graduate student ang ginahasa ng 5 lalaki at kinalat ang video ng kanilang ginawa.” (Two college graduates are raped by 5 men who spread the video of what they did)
The claim was shared by Facebook user Ezekiel Geronimo to the page Kicks Universe Philippines, where he asked for help to catch the 5 men who allegedly raped his two cousins.
He said: “Actual pang rinecord ang panggagahasang ginawa nila sa aming pinsan gamit ang cellphone ng pinsan ko. Panoorin niyo po ang video sa profile ko at baka mamukahan niyo po ang mga ito.” (They actually recorded their rape of my cousin on her phone. Watch the video on my profile and maybe you’ll recognize them.)
Like Geronimo, the actual blog post on unlibuzzmaniac.com encourages readers to watch the video and tells them that the police are looking for the suspects.
It also uses a different title, “Dalawang college graduate student ang ginahasa ng 5 lalaki actual na video ng panggagahasa panoorin” (Two college graduate students were raped by 5 men, watch the actual video of the rape), and includes a video of a GMA News report about 2 college students who were allegedly raped by 5 men.
The post’s subhead reads, “Pinaghahanap na ng mga pulis ang 5 lalaking nanggahasa umuna sa 2 college graduate student.” (The police are looking for 5 men who raped two college graduate students.)
The actual blog post does not contain the photos of the two women.
The blog post was also shared on the page BIKOL AKO and to groups like Philippines Mountain Climbers, Yamaha Sniper Classic, MX 135, MX King 150i Owner’s, and BENTAHAN NG MOTOR – METRO MANILA. The posts on the 3 groups have since been taken down.
According to Claim Check, Facebook’s tool for identifying possibly misleading trending content, the blog post was first shared on the social media platform on Thursday, July 4. The actual blog post says it was “published today” regardless of the date the post was visited.
The Facebook post was brought to Rappler’s attention by one of the women in the photos.
The facts: The women whose graduation photos were used in the post were not the subjects of the GMA News report embedded in the blog post. They also deny ever being raped.
The GMA News video was published in September 4, 2015 and reported on two minors from Cabuyao, Laguna who were raped by 5 men. The report said that two of the men were already under inquest, while the other 3, who were minors, were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
The two women whose photos were used in the Facebook posts have also denied the claim.
The graduate from ADMU posted on Facebook on July 5 telling her friends “it’s not real, don’t worry.”
She also told Rappler that when she reached out to Geronimo, one of the Facebook users who shared the post, he apologized and said he did not know how it happened and that he was surprised someone posted using his account. Geronimo also told Rappler that his account was “hacked” when he was asked about the post.
On July 9, Rappler reached out to the graduate from FEU, who said she was “never raped” and called the post “garbage.”
The images of the two women only appears when clicking the Facebook share button on the blog post, along with the hashtag “#Hustisya.”
The website unlibuzzmaniac.com does not have any other recorded posts that can be found through the links it provides for navigation. However, a Google search and a search on Claim Check of the domain shows other articles from the site about alleged sex scandals, along with a list of domains that are registered to the same IP address.
When searched on Claim Check, the domains kanyeisinthelighthouse.com, matindetokitangkita.club, and news.kanyeisinthelighthouse.com have shared similar claims about alleged sex scandals. – Vernise L Tantuco/Rappler.com