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ALTERED PHOTO: Duterte says he will punch Pacquiao over territorial rights stance

ALTERED PHOTO: Duterte says he will punch Pacquiao over territorial rights stance
Duterte did not say this about Pacquiao, but about former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario
At a glance
  • Claim: President Rodrigo Duterte said he will punch Senator Manny Pacquiao over Pacquiao’s insistence that the President is not doing enough to assert the Philippines’ territorial rights against China. 
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: Duterte did not say this quote about Pacquiao, but about former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario. The quotecard containing this claim was edited to reflect Pacquiao’s name. 
  • Why we fact-checked this: This claim was emailed to Rappler for verification. 
Complete details

According to a quotecard posted by Facebook user “Mai Labs,” President Rodrigo Duterte said he will punch Senator Manny Pacquiao because of Pacquiao’s insistence that the President is not doing enough to assert the Philippines’ territorial rights against China. 

Duterte supposedly said this on Monday, May 3, and the quotecard contains the ABS-CBN News logo. 

This image was sent to Rappler via email for verification. 

This claim is false. Duterte did not say this about Pacquiao, but about former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario. Del Rosario said on May 2 that Duterte must lead the fight against China’s encroachment in the West Philippine Sea.

Rappler found the original quotecard by looking at the posts dated May 3 on the official ABS-CBN News Facebook page. Del Rosario’s name and designation were edited in the fake quotecard. 

ABS-CBN News also fact-checked the fake quotecard that is circulating.

Pacquiao has expressed disappointment in Duterte’s stance on the West Philippine Sea, but Malacañang has said that there has been no falling out between Duterte and Pacquiao. – Vernise Tantuco/Rappler.com

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