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FALSE: 'Slipper company' filed syndicated estafa against Robredo

Jun 14, 2019 - 5:59 PM

The alleged slipper company 'You Foot' is non-existent. The Department of Trade and Industry and Securities and Exchange Commission do not have a record of the company.

FALSE: Militant groups to 'protest' shut down of Kapa-Community Ministry

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:38 PM

It's not true that Bayan and Gabriela released a statement about Kapa or the alleged protests against its shutdown

MISLEADING: 'Rappler' infographic compares Aquino-Duterte expenses

Jun 13, 2019 - 4:59 PM

While the figures used are based on a published article, the infographic itself does not come from Rappler

FALSE: Woman gives birth to '17 babies'

Jun 13, 2019 - 12:24 PM

The record for most children delivered at a single birth to survive is held by Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to 8 babies in 2009

FALSE: Eddie Garcia 'dies' of heart attack

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:50 AM

The veteran actor is now recovering

FALSE: Trump calls Bongbong Marcos 'the next president'

Jun 10, 2019 - 10:29 AM

It's a manipulated photo. A Google reverse image search yields a photo of Trump instead holding a signed executive order on the US' withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

FALSE: Venezuelans use microchips to buy food, basic needs

Jun 07, 2019 - 9:16 AM

The Venezuelan government has replaced the devalued Bolivar Fuerte with Bolivar Soberano, not microchips

FALSE: Photo of dead members of drug syndicates, PNP

Jun 06, 2019 - 3:53 PM

The photos are miscaptioned – they were actually taken during the shooting of ABS-CBN's 'Ang Probinsyano'

MISLEADING: Duterte admin 'keeping' 99.6% of foreign aid

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:12 AM

COA only flags the administration for an undrawn 99.6% of foreign aid

FALSE: PET ad hoc committee 'confirms cheating' during 2016 elections

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal has not made any confirmation or pronouncement on supposed cheating in the 2016 polls

FALSE: 'Previous administration' destroyed Marcos bust in Benguet

May 31, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Communist rebels claimed responsibility for bombing the statue in 2002

MISLEADING: China executed '26 corrupt government officials'

May 30, 2019 - 12:43 PM

The photo is actually a 15-year-old photo from AFP of Chinese police officers escorting a group of hardcore convicts at a sentencing rally in Wenzhou, China on April 7, 2004

FALSE: Nun Mary John Mananzan calls for ouster of Duterte

May 30, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Sr Mary John Mananzan has been a staunch critic of the Duterte administration, but she hasn't called for the ouster of Duterte and his replacement by Robredo

FALSE: Photo of Kabataan party 'supporting ROTC'

May 27, 2019 - 7:10 PM

The photo is a manipulated version of Pinoyweekly's 2015 photo showing Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago and other members of the party protesting tuition hikes

FALSE: GMA Network 'dismisses' Jessica Soho

May 24, 2019 - 4:27 PM

GMA Network disputes the claim and says that veteran broadcast journalist Jessica Soho remains with them

FALSE: Duterte scraps K to 12 program

May 24, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The President has no power to repeal a law

FALSE: Samira Gutoc gets zero vote in Mandaluyong

May 23, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Election results data show that Gutoc received votes in all clustered precincts in Mandaluyong City

FALSE: Villegas, Tagle 'say followers are traitors' for not voting for Otso Diretso

May 23, 2019 - 5:20 PM

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines says the claim is 'fake news and propaganda'

FALSE: Panelo's claim that PH is not a signatory to Basel Convention

May 23, 2019 - 12:00 AM

The Philippines signed the Basel Convention on March 22, 1989 and the treaty was ratified by Congress in October 1993

FALSE: San Miguel issued P500-M check to Senator Trillanes via BDO

May 22, 2019 - 8:10 PM

This is a rehashed claim. BDO certified that the bank account number indicated in the check does not exist and that San Miguel has no bank account in its Tandang Sora branch.

FALSE: British accountant 'faces the death penalty' in the Philippines

May 20, 2019 - 7:06 PM

The death penalty in the Philippines was abolished in 2006. The bill seeking to reimpose the death penalty is still pending in the Senate.

[OPINION] The lies they pushed on Election Day

May 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Checking viral claims as politicians play dirty

FALSE: ‘Photo’ of Abigail Valte inside a high-end Hong Kong shop

May 17, 2019 - 11:43 AM

(UPDATED) The claim is rehashed. It has been proven that the woman in the photo is not Abigail Valte, but Jo Christine Napoles, the daughter of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.

FALSE: VP Leni Robredo ‘promised’ to step down if no Otso Diretso bet wins

May 16, 2019 - 1:14 PM

The claim originated from a website that's known for spreading misleading information

FALSE: 'No election returns' for Liberal Party

May 14, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Under a Comelec resolution, 10 accredited major national parties will receive copies of election returns. The Liberal Party is among these parties.

FALSE: 'Daily Guardian post' on Gorricetas junking ally Biron

May 13, 2019 - 5:11 PM

The Gorriceta camp says they abide by the 'honorable agreement' they made to support Biron

A screenshot of the photo claiming that the Gorriceta camp junks their support for Ferj Biron, and declares support for other bets.

FALSE: Amado Espino III and Jumel Espino 'disqualified' in Pangasinan

May 13, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Amado 'Pogi' Espino III and Jumel Espino remain as candidates in Pangasinan

FALSE: Comelec disqualifies 5 progressive party-list groups before election day

May 13, 2019 - 2:29 PM

Rappler sought the comment of Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez about this matter. Jimenez said the claim is "fake news"

FALSE: Overseas voting in Singapore is still ‘old-style ballot box’

May 13, 2019 - 12:06 PM

There are VCMs deployed in Singapore, but only Comelec-designated officials are allowed to feed ballots into the counting machines

FALSE: Exequiel Javier 'withdraws' congressional bid in Antique

May 12, 2019 - 11:41 PM

Exequiel Javier says there is 'no truth' to the claim being spread online that he has withdrawn his candidacy for Antique congressman

FALSE: 2019 election ballots are 'pre-shaded' with UV ink

May 10, 2019 - 9:11 PM

(UPDATED) The ballot used in the video does not have a QR code, which official ballots have. Further, the vote counting machines can only read opaque marks, not UV marks.

FALSE: Philippines is 'the only country in Asia' without death penalty

May 10, 2019 - 3:48 PM

The Philippines is one of 14 countries in Asia that have abolished the death penalty

FALSE: Philippines in path of 2019's 'super typhoon'

May 07, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The video in the Facebook post is CNN’s 2014 report about Typhoon Ruby that year

MISLEADING: Duterte should not be 'blamed' for contractualization

May 06, 2019 - 6:37 PM

Labor groups are calling out President Duterte not because contractualization exists, but because he failed to deliver on his promise to end it in one week

FALSE: 'Conspiracy is not a crime' – Panelo

May 01, 2019 - 8:27 PM

Human rights lawyer Theodore Te says, Panelo is 'basically admitting there is no basis for the matrix' implicating journalists and lawyers 'because they can't even come up with a prima facie case'

FALSE: Mainstream media 'did not report' about Marawi temporary shelters

May 01, 2019 - 5:43 PM

(UPDATED) A quick search shows that various news groups in the Philippines wrote about Marawi's temporary shelters

FALSE: 'No single PCIJ article critical of Aquino, Ramos'

May 01, 2019 - 1:30 PM

A quick examination of the PCIJ website shows that a number of articles critical of former presidents Benigno Aquino III and Fidel Ramos were published

MISLEADING: Media did not report on construction of Isabela's landmark bridge

Apr 29, 2019 - 8:46 PM

A Google search reveals that 'BusinessWorld' reported about the progress of Isabela's landmark bridge project in 2018

FALSE: 'Phivolcs found Mount Pinatubo irregularities' after Luzon earthquake

Apr 29, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Phivolcs says there have been no signs of volcanic unrest after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake

MISLEADING: 'Cheating' during start of overseas voting in UK, Italy

Apr 27, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Some overseas Filipino voters in the United Kingdom and Italy air their concerns about the mode of voting at the Philippine embassies there

FALSE: 'Media companies' did not cover 2019 US News and World Report

Apr 26, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The Philippine Star, Inquirer, and Manila Bulletin all reported on this

FALSE: Aquino admin officials 'stole, deposited' 3,500 metric tons of gold in Thailand

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:31 PM

The value of gold allegedly stolen and shipped is more than the value of the total gold reserves in the country

FALSE: Video of De Lima 'partying in Bilibid'

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:10 PM

The video is actually of Senator Leila de Lima celebrating her 56th birthday in August 2015 at the quadrangle of the Department of Justice, when she was still DOJ secretary

FALSE: 'China confirmed' Noynoy Aquino, Trillanes 'sold' Scarborough Shoal

Apr 25, 2019 - 6:41 PM

There is no official confirmation from China that the Aquino administration sold Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal)

FALSE: Phivolcs 'warning' about a looming magnitude 7.1 earthquake

Apr 25, 2019 - 10:12 AM

The supposed warning is a false claim originally circulated in 2018. Phivolcs had denied way back issuing a warning about a magnitude 7.1 earthquake

FALSE: 'Ouster plot' against President Duterte 'bared'

Apr 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM

No ouster plot was proven. Here's a list of at least 10 claims which are either false, misleading, or not supported by information provided.

FALSE: 'ABS-CBN news headline' on suspending anti-Otso Diretso Facebook accounts

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:37 AM

The news headline is fabricated. The ABS-CBN did not publish any article that says news organizations will suspend anti-Otso Diretso Facebook accounts

FALSE: Nancy Binay says OFWs are not foreign workers but 'domestic help'

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Senator Nancy Binay's media team says it did not issue such statement. The quote is fabricated.

FALSE: 'Inquirer story' on Gutoc threatening to jail netizens over life vest

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:35 PM

There is no Inquirer story published with the headline, 'Gutoc to netizens: I'll send you to jail for making fun of wearing my life vest!'

Watch out for false information about the Notre-Dame fire

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Be on the lookout for disinformation involving the tragic Notre-Dame fire, which destroyed the roof of the Parisian cathedral

Firefighter douse flames billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A major fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky, the fire service said. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year, where renovations are currently underway. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)