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FALSE: Man who challenged father of accused school bully has not been found dead

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:59 PM

No, the man who challenged the father of an accused bully in one of the Philippines' top schools has not been found dead

FALSE: These photos do not show Duterte celebrating start of 2019 in 'simple style'

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:54 PM

No, these photos do not show Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte celebrating the start of 2019 in ‘simple’ style

FALSE: These are not pictures of the 'clean' hometown of President Duterte

Jan 11, 2019 - 8:52 PM

No, these pictures do not show the ‘clean’ hometown of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

FALSE: The Philippines did not win Miss Universe twice during Duterte's term

Jan 04, 2019 - 3:59 PM

No, the Philippines has not won the Miss Universe pageant twice during President Rodrigo Duterte's term

HOAX: CHR 'offers help' to Ateneo bully

Dec 26, 2018 - 5:42 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it did not issue such statement, and the supposed 'spokesperson' in the claim does not exist

Screenshot of a claim in philnewstoday.com about a statement by a supposed Commission on Human Rights spokesperson on the Ateneo bullying incident

HOAX: Miss Universe ‘bans’ mixed-ethnicity Filipinos from competing

Dec 25, 2018 - 4:36 PM

There are no official changes to the rules of the Miss Universe competition or the Binibining Pilipinas pageant

FALSE: Father of Ateneo Bully a 'police scalawag'

Dec 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Queries into databases of previous and current police personnel, including those who are absent without leave, yield no one with the reported name of the parent of the alleged bully

HOAX: Ateneo to ‘delete all videos of bullying incident’

Dec 24, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The school has not publicized any plans to delete the videos of their former student bullying others

HOAX: Ateneo bully’s 'address' posted by ex-UNTV manager Jay Sonza

Dec 24, 2018 - 3:21 PM

The address that is circulating on social media belongs to a school, chapel, and home of a senior pastor and his family

How individuals, groups came together to fight lies in 2018

Dec 23, 2018 - 5:10 PM

As online disinformation becomes widespread, media groups collaborate toward fighting disinformation, improving media literacy, and protecting press freedom

HOAX: ISIS ‘spreading AIDS’ through vaccinations at health centers

Dec 21, 2018 - 3:19 PM

The Department of Health says ‘this kind of rumor does nothing but erode public trust in vaccines’

FALSE: Only '1 or 2' PH media killings work-related

Dec 21, 2018 - 2:15 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo makes this claim in reaction to a new report that says the Philippines is among the worst countries for journalists in Southeast Asia

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo shares the complaints being lodged by concerned citizens 8888 Hotline during the inauguration of the People's Television (PTV) Cordillera Hub at Lualhati Compound in Baguio City on March 11, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

HOAX: Hontiveros says Ateneo student was ‘practicing taekwondo, not bullying’

Dec 21, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Sentaor Risa Hontiveros has called out the claims as incorrect

HOAX: Pope Francis 'agrees' with Duterte, 'slams' abusive priests

Dec 18, 2018 - 7:15 PM

The claim as contained in a blog post's headline is not supported by the article text itself

Screenshot of an article from insiderph.com which includes a supposed quote by Pope Francis, in relation to President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against the Catholic Church

HOAX: Pangilinan, Hontiveros 'file bill to abolish 13th month pay'

Dec 16, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The claim is posted on Adobo Chronicles, which claims to be a satire blog

HOAX. The Adobo Chronicles posts this article about two opposition senators.

FALSE: Did Pope Francis bless the administration of President Duterte?

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:35 PM

No, Pope Francis did not bless Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration

Fake news versus fact in online battle for truth

Dec 16, 2018 - 1:16 PM

False information is saturating the political debate worldwide and undermining an already weak level of trust in the media and institutions

HOAX: Ronald dela Rosa 'held at airport,' 'persona non grata' in U.S.

Dec 15, 2018 - 7:25 PM

A Facebook user supplies an unsubstantiated caption for some pictures of the ex-Bureau of Corrections chief and 2019 senatorial aspirant who went to the United States

Screenshot of a Facebook post claiming that Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa had been 'held' in a US airport because he was 'persona non grata.'

Facebook responds to ex-Snopes editor slamming fact-check program

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:16 AM

Snopes' former managing editor Brooke Binkowski accuses Facebook of spreading fake news on behalf of hostile foreign powers, favoring advertisers, and using the fact-check program as a form of crisis PR


HOAX: 'US diplomat' says Balangiga Bells were returned 'because of Duterte'

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:43 PM

“Nobody but nobody should ever claim success for that," President Rodrigo Duterte says

HOAX: Kenyan gov't 'erects Duterte statue'

Dec 14, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The image of the supposed statue used in the claim is actually that of former president Ferdinand Marcos in Ilocos Norte

HOAX: Risa Hontiveros files bill moving senior citizens’ age to 65

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:09 PM

The senator has debunked the claim in March 2017 in her official Facebook page

HOAX: Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron 'already surrendered'

Dec 10, 2018 - 7:19 PM

Joint Task Force Sulu, through its official Facebook page, says Radullan Sahiron remains at large

HOAX: CHR chair says 'rights of NPA rebels should not be violated'

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:23 PM

'The quote is a work of fiction,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon

HOAX: ‘Ninoy, Cory, and Noynoy’ book ‘pulled out’ due to low sales

Dec 10, 2018 - 11:07 AM

'We hope people will not politicize a children’s book,' says an associate publisher from Summit Books

FALSE: Is this a 'new' photo of Mar Roxas using public transport?

Dec 09, 2018 - 3:26 PM

No, this is not a new photo of Filipino opposition politician Mar Roxas using public transport

FALSE: Photos of Chinese-funded road built under Duterte's flagship infrastructure program

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:21 AM

No, these are not photos of Chinese-funded road built under President Rodrigo Duterte's flagship infrastructure program

HOAX: Robredo photo with 'a cop who killed Kian delos Santos'

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The man shown in a photo with Vice President Leni Robredo is a former Uber driver, not a cop involved in Kian delos Santos' slay

HOAX: Senator Tito Sotto 'tagged' as financier of NPA rebels

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:00 PM

There is no mention of Senate President Sotto in the embedded video

HOAX: Marcos gold bars, jewelry ‘taken by Aquinos,’ opposition

Dec 07, 2018 - 12:13 PM

The Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth has been proven in courts and the wealth recovered is accounted for by the PCGG

FALSE: Is this a sign targetting a rival of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte?

Dec 07, 2018 - 10:43 AM

No, this is not a photo of a sign targeting a rival of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

SATIRE: The last time UP won a UAAP championship 'a dictator fell'

Nov 30, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Former president Ferdinand Marcos was ousted during UAAP Season 48, the year University of the East was the reigning men’s basketball champion

UP vs AdU Nov 28. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Xi Jinping's state visit, Rappler's Fact Check Project

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:02 PM

The team discusses on Thursday, November 29, Xi Jinping's state visit and Rappler's efforts to combat disinformation

HOAX: Trillanes ‘demands to deactivate social media accounts of Duterte supporters’

Nov 29, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Senator Trillanes denies making this statement. The websites that posted the claim failed to indicate the source of the claim.

FALSE: ‘No law’ prevents gov’t officials from participating in businesses

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The provision in the 1973 Constitution that prohibits government officials from practicing their profession or participating in businesses was even strengthened in the 1987 Constitution

HOAX: Imelda Marcos convicted on law that 'doesn’t exist'

Nov 27, 2018 - 4:48 PM

RA 3019 or the 'Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act' is still in effect

HOAX: Mislatel 'already installed' a submarine cable in November 2018

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:59 PM

The Philippine DICT and China Telecommunications Corporation, which is part of the Mislatel Consortium, signed a letter of intent only on November 20

MISLEADING: P800,000 Yolanda vs P200,000 Marawi shelters

Nov 22, 2018 - 9:53 PM

The temporary shelters for typhoon Yolanda victims are divided into 12 units making it cheaper than the shelter for the displaced Marawi residents

MISLEADING: Panguil Bay Bridge photo used in DPWH site is Korean bridge

Nov 21, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The DPWH erroneously uses a photo of the Korean Incheon Bridge in an ongoing construction project in Mindanao

HOAX: Vatican ‘prohibits’ priests, nuns from joining political rallies

Nov 16, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Nuns and priests are not excommunicated for joining political rallies, according to the CBCP

HOAX: Teddyboy Locsin ‘forced to falsify’ report on Jabidah Massacre upon Ninoy’s order

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:41 PM

The massacre is well-documented. Locsin himself tweeted in 2016 that it was authorized by an officer in the defunct Philippine Constabulary.

MISLEADING: Noynoy Aquino’s ‘useless mini-footbridge’

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:29 PM

The footbridge in question is part of the Children’s Road Safety Park conceptualized by the MMDA to teach children proper traffic and pedestrian rules

FALSE: ‘No proof’ that Marcos couple stole billions from Filipinos

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:13 PM

At least two court cases show that Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos have had ill-gotten wealth. In one of these, the Supreme Court forfeited the recovered Marcos assets in favor of the Philippine government.

Screenshots of various Facebook posts containing the claim that there was 'no proof' Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos stole from the public coffers

HOAX: 'US Senator' Richard Black calls Duterte a ‘druglord’

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:45 PM

(UPDATED) In the embedded interview video, the Virginia State Senator did not mention this term

HOAX: Foreign Minister Wang Yi claims Benham Rise as 'Chinese territory'

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:22 PM

There is no official document, press release, or news report containing this quote

HOAX: Angat Buhay houses in Marawi have no water and power supply

Nov 09, 2018 - 12:40 PM

(UPDATED) Photos sent to Rappler by the program's lead coordinator show that there is both water and power supply

HOAX: Photo of ‘newest’ airport in Manila

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:04 PM

The thumbnail of the video is a design of Dalian airport in China. Meanwhile, the proposed airport in Bulacan has yet to begin construction.

WATCH: How to check if a report is a hoax

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Here's what you should look out for when reading news on the internet

FALSE: Pie chart of Philippines' national debt under 3 presidents

Nov 06, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Since the national debt is a 'running total' of how much the country still owes, comparisons should show the 'net addition' to the debt for certain periods, not the supposed 'shares' of debt incurred by each president

Screenshots of false claims posted on Facebook about the country's national debt under 3 presidents

HOAX: 'New MRT3 trains from Japan' besides Dalian trains

Nov 05, 2018 - 6:58 PM

There are no new Japanese trains, only a Japan-funded rehabilitation for MRT3