At a glance
- Claim: Mainstream media did not report on data about the completed Build, Build, Build (BBB) projects of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.
- Rating: FALSE
- The facts: Multiple mainstream media articles reported the data shown in the video about completed BBB projects.
- Why we fact-checked this: A June 23 post on the Facebook page “Mr. Riyoh Channel” made this claim. As of writing, the post has about 5,700 reactions, 203 comments, and 1,400 shares, and the accompanying video has about 66,000 views.
A video post on June 23 on the Facebook page “Mr. Riyoh Channel” said that mainstream media were not reporting some accomplishments of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, including data on completed Build, Build, Build (BBB) projects. As of writing, the post has about 5,700 reactions, 203 comments, and 1,400 shares, and the video has about 66,000 views.
The video is titled, “Ito ang mga BALITANG AYAW IBALITA ng MAINSTREAM MEDIA.” (This is the news that the mainstream media does not want to report on.)
The claim – that mainstream media did not report the BBB figures shown at the 1:13 mark of the video – is false.
At that part of the video, a frame that says “Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build infrastructure program accomplishments” include the following data about completed BBB projects: 212 airport projects, 26,494 kilometers of roads, 5,555 bridges, 10,376 flood mitigation structures, and 446 seaport projects.
Among the news agencies that showed some or all of the figures on completed BBB projects are:
- The Manila Times on April 23 and June 19
- BusinessMirror on April 27
- Manila Bulletin on a June 18
- BusinessWorld on June 18
- Inquirer.net on June 19
In the news items, the sources of the figures were Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar and Presidential Adviser on Flagship Programs and Projects Secretary Vince Dizon.
The Duterte government has cited BBB numbers before that included projects involving the repair, rehabilitation, upgrade, widening, or expansion of existing infrastructure. (READ: CONTEXT: Number of airports, seaports, bridges, roads in ‘Duterte legacy’ graphic)
Rappler has fact-checked several claims that mainstream media failed to report on some issue, such as the following:
- FALSE: Media did not report progress in Marawi rehabilitation
- FALSE: Media did not report on March 23 COVID-19 case tally
- FALSE: Media did not report on Cebu Cordova Link Expressway
- FALSE: Media did not report on 23 additional quarantine facilities
- FALSE: Media did not report on Leyte Tide Embankment Project
– Percival Bueser/Rappler.com
Percival Bueser is a graduate of Rappler’s fact-checking mentorship program. This fact check was reviewed by a member of Rappler’s research team and a senior editor. Learn more about Rappler’s fact-checking mentorship program here.
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