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FALSE: Novel coronavirus a 'type of rabies'

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the 2019 nCoV belongs to Coronaviridae, a 'completely different family of viruses.' It is not rabies.

FALSE: Chinese patient in Alabang clinic, hospital tested ‘positive’ for coronavirus

Jan 28, 2020 - 6:17 PM

As of Tuesday, January 28, the Department of Health says that there is still no confirmed case of 2019 nCoV in the country

FALSE: 'Patient tested positive' for 2019 nCoV in Makati Medical Center

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:11 PM

As of January 28, DOH says there is still no confirmed case of the 2019 nCov in the Philippines

FALSE: 'Actual footage' of helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant

Jan 27, 2020 - 5:35 PM

The video shows a helicopter crash in the United Arab Emirates in December 2018

FALSE: Bangko Sentral ‘launches new design of Philippine peso'

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:41 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has no official announcement about the release of a new design of Philippine peso bills

FALSE: 'Confirmed cases' of coronavirus at PBCom Tower in Makati

Jan 24, 2020 - 4:41 PM

As of January 24, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo maintains that there are still no confirmed cases of 2019 nCoV in the Philippines

FALSE: ‘Actual video’ of U.S. strike that killed Qasem Soleimani

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:58 AM

The footage is from a video game simulator called AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron

FALSE: ABS-CBN 'now officially renewed 25 years of franchise’

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:21 PM

As of January 23, Congress is still sitting on the bills submitted to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise

FALSE: 'Suicide bomber' caught at MRT Taft Station

Jan 22, 2020 - 7:25 PM

Both the Department of Transportation and the Philippine National Police say the man in the photo was part of a security simulation conducted by cops

CONTEXT: Number of airports, seaports, bridges, roads in 'Duterte legacy' graphic

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:10 AM

Not all of the 64 airports, 243 seaports, 2,709 bridges, and 9,845 kms of roads are newly built. It includes projects involving repair, rehabilitation, widening, or expansion of existing infrastructure.

FALSE: Binintiang Malaki is 'not real' Taal crater

Jan 20, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Taal Volcano has 47 craters and Binintiang Malaki is among them

PARTLY FALSE: 'Lava will come out of the fissures' caused by Taal Volcano activity

Jan 18, 2020 - 12:29 PM

Based on Phivolcs' hazard maps, there are only 5 potential eruption vents, all found in Volcano Island or Taal Lake

FALSE: Video of night sky flare shows ‘start of Iran vs U.S. World War 3’

Jan 17, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The airstrike shown in the video has nothing to do with the conflict between the US and Iran. It shows the rocket attacks that involved Palestinians and Israel in November 2018.

FALSE: Robredo gave ‘only 5 pcs of pan de sal, bottled water’ each to Taal victims

Jan 16, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Robredo distributed rice, canned goods, noodles, bottled water, and face masks

FALSE: Low tide in Oriental Mindoro sign of possible volcanic tsunami

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:32 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says it is 'almost unlikely' for the low tide in Oriental Mindoro to cause a volcanic tsunami

FALSE: Taal Volcano 'draws in' water from Oriental Mindoro

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:47 AM

Phivolcs says it is 'almost unlikely' for Taal Volcano to draw in water from the seas surrounding Oriental Mindoro because they are not connected

PARTLY FALSE: ‘Photos’ of animals rescued following Taal eruption

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:22 AM

Majority of the photos circulated were taken in Guatemala after the 2018 Volcan de Fuego eruption

During disasters, imagine a world with false news

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:32 PM

Who would you trust?

FALSE: 'SARS' case reported in clinic at Shangri-La Plaza

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:28 PM

The Department of Health flags the chain message as 'fake content'

PARTLY FALSE: Power outage over 'entire Laguna'

Jan 15, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Ashfall affects electricity only in some areas of Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna, and Meralco is already working to restore power in these places

FALSE: SM MOA has ‘damaged foundation’

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:43 AM

An official statement from the mall management says the foundation of the mall is ‘built on concrete piles that reach the bedrock and will withstand extreme situations’

FACT CHECK: False alerts, warnings over Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:18 PM

(UPDATED) Here are the false claims we and our readers spotted online about the Taal Volcano eruption

FALSE: ‘Photo’ of lightning streaks during Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 14, 2020 - 8:03 AM

The photo shows a volcano in Chile from 2015, not Taal

FALSE: 'NDRRMC update' on Taal Alert Level 5

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:43 PM

As of 5 pm on January 13, 2020, Taal Volcano is still on Alert Level 4

FALSE: Kim Atienza, BBC 'reported about phone emitting radiation'

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The chain message is an old claim that has resurfaced after Taal Volcano started spewing ash. ABS-CBN weatherman Kuya Kim Atienza denies the claim in a tweet on January 12, 2020.

PARTLY FALSE: Pacific Ring of Fire 'now active'

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:00 PM

There can be several volcanic eruptions on any given day

PARTLY FALSE: Mayon Volcano status 'raised' to Alert Level 2

Jan 13, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Mayon Volcano has been under Alert Level 2 since March 2018

FALSE: 'Magnitude 7.8 earthquake on January 15' after Taal eruption

Jan 13, 2020 - 3:44 PM

Phivolcs maintains that there is 'no reliable technology in the world that can confidently predict the date, time, and location of large earthquakes'

FALSE: 'Photo' of Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 13, 2020 - 11:58 AM

The photo is of the Santiaguito lava dome in Guatemala and not Taal Volcano

FALSE: Risa Hontiveros calls rebels 'heroes of the land'

Jan 09, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros again denies ever saying the quote attributed to her twice – first in 2018 and again in 2020

FALSE: 'Photo' of Baron Geisler asking ABS-CBN to pay unpaid debts, taxes

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:42 PM

The image is altered. A reverse image search shows that the image was taken from a video in which Geisler makes an appeal for the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN.

FALSE: Pope Francis says bible is a 'dangerous' book

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Pope Francis is quoted out of context. While he indeed said that the bible is a dangerous book, he was referring to Christians in some countries being persecuted because of owning one.

FALSE: 'Photo' of Pope Francis staring at a woman's chest

Jan 07, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Pope Francis' picture is stitched with a photo of an Argentine model who has been shown in past manipulated photos with the Pope

FALSE: 'Not one naval vessel' bought during Ramos administration

Jan 06, 2020 - 1:15 PM

There were 3 ex-British Peacock-class patrol vessels added to the Philippine Navy's fleet during Fidel Ramos' term

Year in review: The types of lies we debunked in 2019

Dec 31, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Majority of the claims debunked by Rappler came in the form of simple text and graphics, such as false captions, articles, and quote cards

FALSE: 'Photo' of 'second fall in a month' by Pope Francis

Dec 29, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The images used in the post are old photos taken on July 28, 2016, when Pope Francis fell during the Holy Mass at the Jasna Gora Monastery, a pilgrimage site in Czestochowa, Poland

FALSE: Robredo 'says' pay Ayalas than give free water services to public

Dec 28, 2019 - 1:15 PM

There is no proof that Vice President Leni Robredo ever made the statement

FALSE: Lee Kuan Yew 'quote' saying 'PH media are master of intrigues'

Dec 28, 2019 - 1:05 PM

The former Singapore prime minister said something different about the Philippine media

FALSE: Photo of Duterte in aerial survey of areas 'hit by Ursula' in Visayas

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:58 AM

The photos are taken in December 2017, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Urduja, which also went through the Visayas

FALSE: 'Photo' of unfinished footbridge 'during Aquino administration'

Dec 25, 2019 - 11:30 AM

The unfinished footbridge is built in Thailand, not in the Philippines

FALSE: Convicted Ampatuan brothers are ‘Liberal Party members’

Dec 23, 2019 - 3:32 PM

The masterminds of the Ampatuan massacre were officials of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD, the party of former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. They were kicked out of the party after the massacre.

FALSE: 'Zero' journalists harassed, 'sued by govt' under Duterte admin

Dec 22, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Records from media monitor show 154 counts of threats and attacks against journalists from June 30, 2016 to December 5, 2019

FALSE: Ocampo allowed to post bail over kidnapping, Palparan wasn't

Dec 19, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Retired Army Major General Jovito Palparan's petitions to post bail in 2015 and 2016 were junked by the Court, while former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo did not file a bail for an alleged kidnapping incident in 2018

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.