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FALSE: Trump ‘slams Netherlands for harboring Joma Sison’

Dec 13, 2019 - 10:51 PM

The source of the information is a satirical website

FALSE: No punishment for rapists in PH because they're ‘protected by CHR’

Dec 11, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The Anti-Rape Law punishes rapists from 6 years of imprisonment to reclusion perpetua

FALSE: Duterte 'built 200 international and domestic airports'

Dec 05, 2019 - 7:25 PM

There are 197 'airport projects' under Build, Build, Build, but these include rehabilitation, maintenance, and upgrading projects

FALSE: Mainstream media 'does not report’ on arrival of new PNR train sets

Dec 03, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Pilipino Star Ngayon and Inquirer.net have reported the announcement of the Department of Transportation in November 2019 about the arrival of new sets of trains

FALSE: Video of white van 'abducting' student

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The video is staged and created by a group of teenagers for fun

FALSE: Meralco 'to cut power' ahead of Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 02, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The power company says it 'will not shut off power to any unaffected area'

Screenshot of false claim on Monday, December 2, about Meralco 'cutting power' ahead of Typhoon Tisoy

FALSE: Jovito Salonga 'says Ninoy Aquino is not a hero'

Nov 29, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Salonga did not say these statements. The quote was an opinion lifted from a blog site and was falsely attributed to the late statesman.

PARTLY FALSE: ‘Strongest’ typhoon, earthquake to hit Arab states

Nov 29, 2019 - 1:00 PM

As of writing, there have been no official advisories from weather authorities in the Middle East announcing the 'strongest' tropical typhoon or earthquake to hit the Gulf region

FALSE: Photo of Philippine flag used as tablecloth 'in SEA Games 2019' event

Nov 28, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The photos are not from any SEA Games event

FALSE: Rizal stadium 'not part of the official venues' of SEA Games 2019

Nov 26, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The football matches for the 30th Southeast Asian Games take place at the Rizal Memorial Stadium

FALSE: Leyte-Surigao, Samar-Sorsogon bridges to 'start construction' in 2020

Nov 26, 2019 - 3:00 PM

These proposed bridges are no longer pushing through, with the Duterte administration shelving the 'challenging' projects

FALSE: Robredo, Hontiveros 'quotes' on drug war, kidnapping

Nov 25, 2019 - 12:38 PM

The quote attributed to Senator Risa Hontiveros about kidnapping is a rehashed claim. Vice President Leni Robredo's quote on the drug war, on the other hand, is fabricated.

FALSE: Robredo wants suspects to 'carry guns,' police to 'train martial arts'

Nov 22, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Like the earlier false claim that said she banned police from carrying firearms during drug ops, the Vice President also did not say these statements

FALSE: Rufa Mae Quinto found dead inside her room

Nov 21, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Rufa Mae Quinto's recent social media posts on Instagram and Twitter show that she was in the US with her family when the claim was made

FALSE: ABS-CBN to broadcast NBA on free TV starting Dec 22

Nov 19, 2019 - 6:39 PM

NBA Philippines denied the claim, saying the Facebook page that posted it ‘is fraud’

FALSE: Dwayne Johnson 'dies after a terrible stunt attempt'

Nov 19, 2019 - 1:55 PM

There is no report of actor Dwayne Johnson's alleged death from BBC News, the supposed 'source' cited in the viral claim

'Slap them with the truth’: Fact-checking website to fight 'fake news' about De Lima

Nov 16, 2019 - 2:01 PM

'We must fight,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima of trueleilaproject.com, a website devoted to debunking false information about her online

FACT CHECK. Senator Leila de Lima launches a fact checking website to debunk false claims about herself. File photo courtesy of Office of Senator De Lima

FALSE: Robredo ‘crafts’ own survey of drug users

Nov 14, 2019 - 7:44 PM

The Vice President questions the actual number of drug users in the country but is not conducting her own survey

FALSE: New designs of Philippine peso coins out

Nov 14, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The BSP is not releasing new designs of legal tender, except for the upcoming P20 coin

MISLEADING: Lacson 'declares' 2020 budget 'truly pork-free'

Nov 13, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The General Appropriations bill submitted by the House is still under review by the Senate. Lacson only said his team found 'no pork' during their preliminary study.

FALSE: Robredo bans police from carrying firearms during anti-drug ops

Nov 12, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The Vice President, as new ICAD co-chair, did not give any order that prohibits guns during police operations

FALSE: Celine Dion ‘dies in plane crash’

Nov 12, 2019 - 4:31 PM

There is no such news from the legitimate Cable News Network (CNN) site

MISLEADING: Philippine peso is Asia’s best currency

Nov 08, 2019 - 2:12 PM

The original article was published in March 2019 and is just being rehashed. Asia’s best-performing currency as of September 2019 is the Thai baht, according to Bloomberg.

MISLEADING: ‘Photos’ of relief operations in earthquake-hit Mindanao

Nov 07, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Not all of the photos in Samonte's Facebook album were taken after the quakes in Cotabato, and not all are Del Rioz's own

FALSE: Sarah Elago says 'youth have no future with Duterte'

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:06 PM

Kabataan party-list representative Sarah Elago is misquoted. She only said that the youth have no bright future because of the administration's policies but made no mention of President Duterte.

FALSE: Photos of 'whirlwind, tornado' in Cotabato after earthquakes

Nov 04, 2019 - 7:21 PM

The photos are from Mexico, not the Philippines

WATCH: What's wrong with clickbait headlines?

Nov 04, 2019 - 5:58 PM

Some misleading headlines can be funny and harmless, but they can also affect matters of public interest. Here's what you can do to keep them from spreading.

[PODCAST] Paano nilalabanan ang ‘fake news’

Oct 31, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Sino ang madalas na target ng disinformation sa Pilipinas? Pakinggan sa talakayan ng researcher-writers na sila Jodesz Gavilan at Vernise Tantuco.

FALSE: 'Photo' of teacher who was raped, killed

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The woman in the photo is not the same as the one in the original news report

FALSE: Magnitude 8.0 earthquake next to hit Mindanao – NDRRMC

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:46 AM

The council did not release the warning and says they do not have technology to predict earthquakes

MISLEADING: Russia 'offers' Filipino workers wages up to P75k

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:00 AM

DOLE has no official announcement about the deployment of Filipino workers to Russia for jobs with a salary range of P50,000 to P75,000

IFCN explains Facebook's 'partnership' with right-wing-funded site

Oct 25, 2019 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) The right-wing site, the Daily Caller, is not an IFCN signatory and IFCN does not appoint Facebook's fact checkers

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social media issues on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

FALSE: Shaina Magdayao dies due to hypothyroidism

Oct 25, 2019 - 5:47 PM

The actress is alive, doing a photoshoot days after the death hoax spread

FALSE: PNR Bicol Express ‘reopened’ in September 2019

Oct 25, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The Bicol Express, a passenger train service that plies the Manila-Bicol route, remains suspended as of October 2019

FALSE: Claudine Barretto ‘dies on the spot’ from multiple gun shots in QC

Oct 23, 2019 - 7:01 PM

The actress is alive, still posting on her verified Instagram account and being interviewed or quoted by local media as of October 23

FALSE: Japanese government bans microwave ovens

Oct 22, 2019 - 7:28 PM

The information came from a Russian satirical website

FALSE: De Lima ‘rushed to hospital,’ wears neck brace

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The photo of the senator wearing a neck brace and riding a wheelchair is manipulated

FALSE: ‘Sex video of Ateneo priest and college student'

Oct 18, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The priest and the college girl are not the subjects of the alleged sex video

FALSE: Photo of Japan's stormy skies 'during Typhoon Hagibis'

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:55 PM

A photo of an ominous-looking cloud supposedly taken in typhoon-hit Japan is actually from the United States

FALSE: 'Photo' of dead, 'raped,' mutilated OFW in video thumbnail

Oct 16, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The young man in the video thumbnail is not the one who was killed

FALSE: Lee Kuan Yew's 'quote' on PH democracy

Oct 16, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Lee Kuan Yew never said the words attributed to him

FALSE: No president after Marcos built mass transit projects

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:32 PM

Despite the current state of Metro Manila’s mass transport system, several other presidents after Marcos developed projects that are used by Filipinos today

FALSE: 'No poor Filipino' during Martial Law, only during the Aquinos' terms

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Government data show poverty incidence was high during the Marcos regime, and it was on a downward trend after the late dictator was ousted

FALSE: Bill ‘penalizing fathers’ for failure to give child support ‘passed into law’

Oct 14, 2019 - 6:42 PM

As of October 2019, House Bill No. 6079, or the Child Support Enforcement Act, has not been signed into law. Similar versions of the measure had been filed several times yet remain pending at the House committee level.

FALSE: '95 countries in UN review believe there are no EJKs in PH'

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The claim is a misquoted statement from a 2017 Philippine News Agency report that was revised and later taken down

FALSE: Marriage between humans and animals now legal in Norway

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:05 PM

The information is from a satirical site, but websites treated it as an official source

Facebook extends fact-checking program to 10 new African states

Oct 09, 2019 - 12:24 PM

Facebook's fact checking program expands to Ethiopia, Zambia, Somalia, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Ghana, and the Democratic Republic of Congo

FACEBOOK. A picture taken on August 28, 2019 shows the logo of US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

FALSE: Video of 'young people died after drinking fake beer in China'

Oct 04, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The people in the video were intoxicated, not dead, according to a Taiwan-based news channel that refutes the claim fake alcohol was consumed

FALSE: ‘New evidence of widespread cheating’ by Robredo in 2016 VP election protest

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:55 PM

This is a rehashed claim, based on an order from the Presidential Electoral Tribunal in June 2018

Screenshot of website article saying there is 'new evidence' vs Robredo in the ongoing election protest concerning the 2016 vice presidential polls

FALSE: Bamboo Mañalac ‘dies in car crash in Quezon’

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Bamboo Mañalac is still alive