Aquino Fact Checks

FALSE: Philippines had a consulate in every country until 1986

FALSE: Philippines had a consulate in every country until 1986
It’s also not true that buildings housing these supposed consulates were all sold in 1986 during the administration of then-president Corazon Aquino
At a glance
  • Claim: The Philippines had a consulate in every country in the world, but the buildings housing them were all sold in 1986 during the administration of then-president Corazon Aquino.
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: There were independent countries where the Philippines did not formally establish diplomatic relations with until after 1986. Moreover, there is at least one country that was independent before 1986 that the Philippines never had diplomatic relations with.
  • Why we fact-checked this: This has been circulating on Facebook pages and groups, such the page “LABAN PINAS,” which posted the claim on May 28. It has since gotten 458 reactions, 132 comments, and 202 shares.
Complete details

On May 28, a post on the Facebook page “LABAN PINAS” said that the Philippines once had a consulate in every country, but the buildings housing them were all sold by then-president Corazon Aquino in 1986.

As of writing, this post has 458 reactions, 132 comments, and 202 shares. The claim has also been circulating on other Facebook pages, such as “Ferdinand Marcos Supporters” and “Spartacuz – Kaloys,” as well as in some Facebook groups, such as “BBM 2022 MARCOS LOYALIST ALLIANCE” and “Philippine History & Current Events.”

The claim that the Philippines had a consulate in every country in the world before 1986 is false. 

There were independent countries prior to 1986 with which the Philippines established diplomatic relations only after that year. Here are examples of such countries:

There is also at least one country that was independent before 1986 that the Philippines has never had diplomatic relations with. Bhutan, whose independence was recognized in a 1949 agreement with India, does not list the Philippines among the countries with which it has bilateral relations. The Philippines presented a formal request to Bhutan for the establishment of diplomatic relations on December 18, 2019.

Rappler has fact-checked the Facebook page “LABAN PINAS” at least once before. – 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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