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FALSE: News report confirms Arlene Brosas is CPP-NPA-NDF member


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FALSE: News report confirms Arlene Brosas is CPP-NPA-NDF member
The screenshot used in the claim is manipulated. The actual report is on Brosas testing positive for COVID-19.

A news report, supposedly published by INQUIRER.net, said that Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas was a “positive” member of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), and its political arm, the National Democratic Front (NDF).

FALSE POSTS News report says Arlene Brosas tests positive as CPP-NPA-NDF

This claim was spotted by the Rappler fact check team using social media monitoring tool CrowdTangle.

Rating: FALSE
The facts:

INQUIRER.net did not publish such a story. The meme used a manipulated screenshot of the actual report on Brosas testing positive for COVID-19.

The graphic containing this claim included text saying Brosas was a “positive” terrorist of the CPP-NPA-NDF, along with a screenshot of a supposed news headline that read: “Gabriela Partylist Rep. Arlene Brosas tests positive CPP-NPA-NDF.”

The graphic seemed to use the screenshot as “proof” that Gabriela was a member of the CPP-NPA-NDF. It contained the text, “Patunay na ang Gabriela Partylist ay miyembro ng teroristang CPP-NPA-NDF!” (Proof that Gabriela Partylist is a member of the terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF!)

Upon closer inspection, the screenshot appears to have been taken from an INQUIRER.net article published on September 16.

However, the INQUIRER.net report is actually entitled, “Gabriela Partylist Rep. Arlene Brosas tests positive for COVID-19.” It does not make any mention of the CPP-NPA-NDF.

INQUIRER.net Associate Editor for News Dennis Maliwanag also told Rappler, “It’s not our story. We will report this to Facebook.”

Brosas confirmed that she tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, September 16. She was the 10th House member to be infected with the coronavirus disease.

In the past, Rappler had also fact-checked other claims that manipulated news graphics to perpetuate fake quotes. – Loreben Tuquero/Rappler.com

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