Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that everyone will ultimately die, so classes will resume regardless of potential casualties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Facebook page Pilipinoy Trends posted this graphic on Tuesday, July 21, which attributed the following quote to Briones: “Lahat tayo ay mamamatay din, kaya tuloy ang pasok.” (We will all ultimately die anyway, so classes will push through as scheduled.)
The graphic’s caption read, “So, bakit ho tayo mag-aaral kung ang point niyo ho is mamamatay din naman pala? Wala ho ba kayong mga anak at apong nag-aaral, Secretary of Education?” (Why should we study if your point is we’re all going to die anyway? Don’t you have children or grandchildren who are studying, Secretary of Education?)
The graphic had the logo of ABS-CBN News and was dated July 15.
The post received 386 reactions, 302 comments, and 833 shares as of writing. It was also shared by Facebook user John Rambo Lorenzo on Tuesday, July 21, and has since received more than 17,000 reactions, 804 comments, and 55,000 shares.
Users who shared Pilipinoy Trends’ post appeared to believe it was true, with captions such as “Mauna ka kung gusto mo (You may go first if you wish),” and “Huwag kang mandamay (Don’t bring others down with you).”
This claim was emailed to Rappler by a reader for checking. It was also brought to our attention by a member of the “Fact-checking in the Philippines” Facebook group.
Briones did not say this quote attributed to her. The graphic is an altered version of what was originally a quote card that was produced by ABS-CBN News.
The original quote card posted by ABS-CBN News on July 15 attributed this to Briones: “August 24 magbubukas na ng klase whatever form it is (Classes will already reopen on August 24, whatever form it is).”
The original photo’s caption read, “Wala nang urungan ang pagsisimula ng blended learning sa Agosto 24, ayon kay Education Secretary Leonor Briones (Blended learning will push through on August 24, according to Education Secretary Leonor Briones).”
Rappler found the original quote card by searching for ABS-CBN News posts related to Briones through Facebook’s search bar.
Briones’ quote was taken from a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on July 15. She did not say that we will all die anyway or make any other reference to death. An official transcript of this meeting is posted on the PCOO website.
The same ABS-CBN News graphic was altered in a recent false claim that Rappler fact checked. – Rianna Cruz/Rappler.com