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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

Facebook extends fact-checking program to 10 new African states

Oct 09, 2019 - 12:24 PM

Facebook's fact checking program expands to Ethiopia, Zambia, Somalia, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Ghana, and the Democratic Republic of Congo

FACEBOOK. A picture taken on August 28, 2019 shows the logo of US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

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

Fact checkers team up against disinformation at U.N. GA

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:01 PM

23 fact-checking organizations from 17 countries work together to spot false and misleading claims during the international event

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

Data shows Senate bill does not fully address 'fake news' problem

Sep 14, 2019 - 10:19 AM

The data shows 42% of the claims checked during the 2019 midterm elections come from the candidates themselves

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

Facebook’s fact checking program expands to Instagram

Aug 17, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Instagram users can now report suspicious posts shared across the photo and video-sharing platform

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

FALSE: Palparan innocent over 2006 abduction of 2 missing UP students

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:14 PM

In September 2018, a Malolos court found retired Army major general Jovito Palparan guilty over the kidnapping and detention of two missing UP students

FALSE: Sarah Elago’s ‘response’ to parents of student activists

Aug 13, 2019 - 4:08 PM

The quote does not come from any of Elago’s statements

FALSE: U.S. typhoon center warns Yolanda-like super typhoon to hit PH

Aug 06, 2019 - 10:06 AM

As of August 4, 2019, the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) did not classify Hanna as a super typhoon, but as a tropical depression

FALSE: COA flagged PCSO’s non-remittance to govt ‘only now’

Aug 01, 2019 - 12:28 PM

COA's findings in its 2018 annual audit report that PCSO has not remitted P8.4 billion is a 'reiteration' of its previous reports

FALSE: Catholic priests 'perform witchcraft' to make Duterte die

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Organizers say the photos were taken during a symbolic street theater activity called 'Lamay para sa Demokrasya' in May 2018

UK-based Full Fact urges Facebook to share more data to help fact checkers

Jul 30, 2019 - 1:02 PM

One of Full Fact's 10 recommendations calls on Facebook to release data on how posts have been shared over time, as well as their reach. Facebook says Full Fact's recommendations are being actively pursued by its teams.

MISLEADING: CIA 'reveals' Cory Aquino requested US airstrikes in 1989

Jul 28, 2019 - 2:49 PM

The information in the declassified documents that Munda found 'alarming' is actually not new or recently disclosed. They were headlines of local and foreign newspapers on December 2 and 3, 1989.

FALSE: Drug overdose is leading cause of death in Iceland – Jay Sonza

Jul 24, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Official records show that 'diseases of the circulatory system' are the number one cause of death in Iceland

FALSE: ABS-CBN is 'confirmed' to close down

Jul 19, 2019 - 11:34 AM

ABS-CBN's existing franchise, approved in March 1995, expires on March 30, 2020 yet. A franchise bill has to be refiled when the 18th Congress opens on July 22, 2019.

FALSE: Karen Davila ‘speechless’ after Pacquiao questions her earnings

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The transcript claiming that after being 'insulted in public' for not having a college degree, Pacquiao asked how much Davila has earned is not real