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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

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

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

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

FALSE: Marawi war 'triggered' by 'attempt to serve a warrant of arrest for drug trafficking'

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Clashes erupted in Marawi in May 2017 as the military tried to capture 'high-value targets' of the Maute Group and the Abu Sayyaf Group. There was no mention of illegal drugs at the time.

Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-fourth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

FALSE: Wealth of Marcos family from 'hard work,' and 'not from public funds'

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:01 PM

A 2003 court ruling proves that the Marcoses failed to justify the acquisition of their assets which exceeded their salaries as public officials

FALSE: Teachers to receive ‘DepEd anniv bonus’ starting November 15

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:50 AM

The Department of Education clarifies the anniversary bonus is only given every 5 years

FALSE: Bong Go is the 'first Chinese-Filipino who became senator'

Sep 27, 2019 - 12:57 PM

There are at least 5 other Filipinos of Chinese descent who have become members of the Senate

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Golden Topper Corporate Launch at the Aseana Business Park in Parañaque City on September 25, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FALSE: Jovito Salonga's 'letter' to Cory saying Marcos had no ill-gotten wealth

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:33 PM

The signatures in the letter do not match those in government records

FALSE: 'Final, official result' of 2016 vice presidential elections out

Sep 24, 2019 - 9:15 PM

As of posting, there are no official figures from the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, which has yet to decide on whether or not to proceed with the rest of the recount prompted by the Bongbong Marcos election protest

Screenshots of false claims on the results of the 2016 vice presidential elections

FALSE: Revilla 'eyes Culion, Palawan as next Bilibid Prison'

Sep 20, 2019 - 11:10 AM

Revilla did not propose to make Culion Island in Palawan the next Bilibid prison. The photo of the Manila Bulletin frontpage has been manipulated.

FALSE: Marcos built first airport in Asia

Sep 19, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The oldest operating airport in Asia officially opened in Bangkok in 1914

MISLEADING: No pay hike for teachers in proposed 2020 budget

Sep 19, 2019 - 4:45 PM

P31 billion has been proposed for compensation adjustment for all government employees, including teachers

FALSE: Hontiveros 'called for EDSA revolution to oust dictator president'

Sep 19, 2019 - 1:47 PM

There is no such statement from Senator Risa Hontiveros

FALSE: Forex at P1.50 to P2 per dollar during Marcos years

Sep 17, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Official data shows the peso-dollar exchange rate was already at P3 in 1965, and it further depreciated throughout Marcos’ term

FALSE: Philippines was ‘richest country in Asia’ during Marcos years

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Economic indicators show that the country was not even the richest in Southeast Asia from 1965 to 1986

FALSE: Duterte 'signs a law granting SSS members P50,000 bonuses'

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Existing laws on the Social Security System (SSS) grant members specific benefits but not bonuses as described in the claim

FALSE: Robredo 'suggests' gender not be identified in birth certificates till age 10

Sep 09, 2019 - 4:24 PM

Robredo makes no such statement. The proposed SOGIE bill contains no clause on labeling the sex of a newborn in birth certificates.

FALSE: SOGIE equality bill will 'undercut' freedoms, destroy family

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:24 PM

The bill seeks anti-discrimination on the basis of SOGIE, not infringement on religious liberties or parental authority

FALSE: PNoy responsible for Sanchez’s possible release due to RA 10592

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:19 AM

The decision to make rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez eligible for reduced sentence came from the Department of Justice

FALSE: Leni Robredo spent over P200M for her LA trip

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:27 PM

The original source of the article is Adobo Chronicles, a satirical site

MISLEADING: Photos of 'UP students killed' after joining NPA

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Benjaline Hernandez and Melissa Roxas, both civilians, are neither UP students nor New People's Army members. Roxas is also still alive.

MISLEADING: VACC filed complaints vs Hontiveros for 'stealing PhilHealth funds'

Aug 22, 2019 - 6:23 PM

The charges filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption against Senator Hontiveros are unrelated to any PhilHealth issues but concern the Kian delos Santos case

MISLEADING: Applications for gov't documents are now free

Aug 21, 2019 - 3:32 PM

The new law applies to first-time job seekers and can be availed of only once

FALSE: Video of De Lima 'admitting' she’s a drug lord coddler

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:38 AM

The senator's privilege speech on extrajudicial killings delivered in 2016 was cut, split, and spliced in the video

FALSE: Male OFW 'raped, mutilated by 9 Saudi Arabians'

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:24 PM

The post is a rehashed claim. The GMA News video in the article was about a different man’s genital mutilation done by his wife after a marital fight in Pasay City in 2013.

MISLEADING: PNoy left P6.4-T debt to the Duterte administration

Aug 15, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The national debt is a 'running total' of how much a country owes and is not attributable to a single administration