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FALSE: Protesters against ABS-CBN shutdown 'were paid P10,000'

Feb 25, 2020 - 5:46 PM

The claim uses a clip cut from a live video posted by the 'It's Showtime' Facebook page, which mentions its 10,000 viewers

FACT CHECK: Lies about EDSA revolution, Martial Law

Feb 25, 2020 - 4:42 PM

A roundup of false information Rappler has debunked about Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorial regime and the popular series of demonstrations that overthrew him

FALSE: Sarah Geronimo's mother Divine 'takes own life'

Feb 24, 2020 - 11:35 PM

The video for this claim in suspicious websites maliciously uses a clip from a 2014 news report about an entirely different death

FALSE: 'Official' coronavirus face mask released

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:09 PM

The mask for sale is the Monata reusable dust pollution mask, which is used for woodworking, house cleaning, gardening, and other outdoor activities

FALSE: Natalia Bryant 'commits suicide' after being bullied

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:00 AM

No legitimate news sites contain reports of Natalia Bryant's death

FALSE: '98% trust Duterte following ABS-CBN shutdown'

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:16 PM

This rating is not in the latest surveys that measure Filipinos' trust in President Rodrigo Duterte

FALSE: Photo of 'Chinese illegal fishing in West Philippine Sea'

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Although there have been reports of Chinese intrusions in the Philippines' territorial waters in the past, the photo that circulated was taken by NOAA at the Pacific Ocean

FALSE: Vanessa Bryant 'kills herself' after bout of depression

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:49 PM

Vanessa Bryant is alive and is actively posting on social media

FALSE: Cannabis 'kills coronavirus'

Feb 18, 2020 - 4:00 PM

As of Tuesday, February 18, the World Health Organization says 'there is still no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the novel coronavirus'

FALSE: Gatchalian wants Duterte to 'explain to him' ABS-CBN franchise stance

Feb 17, 2020 - 3:10 PM

'Categorically and objectively speaking, I did not utter, gesture, [or] insinuate any malicious statement about the President,' says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

FALSE: 'Photo' of coronavirus-infected corpses in Wuhan

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:40 PM

The photo was taken in 2014, showing participants of an art project remembering Katzbach Nazi concentration camp victims

FALSE: Video of Filipinos ‘eating bats in Wuhan, China’

Feb 14, 2020 - 2:40 PM

The video was taken in Palau and was uploaded in July 2019

FALSE: Novel coronavirus 'will not spread in PH' due to high temperature, humidity

Feb 12, 2020 - 5:43 PM

The World Health Organization says the virus 'has spread to countries with both hot and humid climates, as well as cold and dry'

FALSE: Natural ginger ale a ‘cure for coronavirus’

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:04 PM

WHO says drinking traditional herbal teas is ‘not specifically recommended as 2019-nCoV remedies as they are not effective to protect yourself’

FALSE: Photos of Chinese man having human baby soup 'to improve health'

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:48 AM

The photos are from an art performance by Chinese artist Zhu Yu from a show in 2000. The performance is a commentary on human nature and God.

FALSE: U.S. embassy 'suspends' tourist visas due to virus, VFA scrapping

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:51 PM

The United States embassy in the Philippines denies issuing such an advisory. The screenshot supposedly from the embassy's website also contains spelling errors.

FALSE: U.N. chief Guterres defends Duterte's war on drugs

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:18 PM

This is a fabricated, rehashed claim that first surfaced in 2017

FALSE: Media didn't report novel coronavirus has low fatality rate

Feb 07, 2020 - 3:08 PM

Both local and foreign media reported on the low fatality rate of the 2019-nCoV

FALSE: 'Photo' of Japanese medical team sent to Wuhan, China

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:10 PM

The photo was taken in 2008 when a medical team from Japan helped out in China after the Sichuan earthquake

FALSE: Novel coronavirus 'can be cured by garlic'

Feb 06, 2020 - 6:05 PM

The World Health Organization says 'there is no evidence' that garlic can protect humans from 2019-nCoV

FALSE: Coronavirus can be 'eliminated' by high temperatures

Feb 03, 2020 - 5:09 PM

WHO has not said that temperatures affect the spread of the virus

FALSE: 'Positive' coronavirus case in Laguna hospital

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:37 PM

The Global Medical Center of Laguna says it 'has no confirmed 2019 coronavirus case' there around the time the claim was spread

FACT CHECK: Misinformation on novel coronavirus that spreads online

Jan 30, 2020 - 6:57 PM

(UPDATED) Several fact-checking organizations that are signatory to Poynter's International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) collaborated to combat disinformation on the 2019 novel coronavirus or nCoV

Chinese nationals arriving from Guangzhou, China are seen wearing face mask at the arrival area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City. The country is on high alert following the outbreak of a new strain of Corona virus which has infected more than 400 persons in China and killed at least nine people. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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