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FALSE: Makabayan bloc wants garbage collected returned to Manila Bay

Feb 21, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Makabayan bloc has not asked for garbage to be returned to Manila. It has only filed a resolution to ‘postpone’ the Manila Bay rehabilitation until there's a clear plan for it.

Screenshot of the post of the claim

FALSE: 4-year-old boy 'kidnapped' in Rockwell

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The viral post is a recycled tale. It replicates an old story about child abduction in theme parks and malls.

A screenshot of the post claiming that a 4-year-old child was kidnapped at Rockwell Power Plant Mall Screenshot of the post claiming that a 4-year-old child was kidnapped in Rockwell Power Plant Mall

FALSE: Marcos family owns a 'million tons of gold'

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:31 PM

There is only an estimated 206,132 to 209,483 US tons of gold mined worldwide throughout history

FALSE: This is a photo of Duterte urging voters to reject Mar Roxas

Feb 15, 2019 - 4:36 PM

No, this is not a photo of President Rodrigo Duterte urging voters to reject an opposition candidate

FALSE: Filipino 'royal family' ruled over pre-colonial 'Maharlika kingdom'

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:30 AM

There are no records that show proof of a pre-colonial Filipino royal family that ruled over a kingdom called Maharlika, which was made up of the Philippines, Brunei, South Borneo, Hawaii, the Spratly Islands, and Sabah

FALSE: This is a photo of Pope Francis meeting President Duterte

Feb 15, 2019 - 9:28 AM

A photo of Pope Francis meeting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is manipulated

Newsrooms, universities team up to fact-check 2019 elections

Feb 11, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The Tsek.ph collaborative project will verify claims in the lead-up to the 2019 midterm elections, and rate them based on the degree of accuracy or completeness

TSEK.PH LAUNCH. Media and academe partners sign a memorandum of understanding for the Tsek.ph collaborative fact-checking project at the University of the Philippines on February 11, 2019. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

MISLEADING: Manila Bay ‘resort,’ ‘soon-to-be-beach’ photos

Feb 08, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Cleaning the bay requires years of interconnected solutions to a huge, complex environmental-metropolitan problem besides simple picking up of trash

FALSE: Littering runners in photo are 'university students'

Feb 08, 2019 - 4:56 PM

This is an old photo of runners, called Eco Warriors, participating in the National Geographic Earth Day Run 2012

No, this is an old photo of runners, called Eco Warriors, participating in the National Geographic Earth Day Run 2012

Media, Society, and Digital Transformation

Feb 07, 2019 - 5:50 PM

News, analysis, and investigations to understand the role of media and information technologies in democracies

FALSE: Imee Marcos ‘graduated cum laude from UP College of Law’

Feb 06, 2019 - 6:48 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is no record of her graduation from UPD (University of the Philippines Diliman) nor any honors or academic distinctions received with the University Registrar's office,' says UP Executive Vice President Teodoro Herbosa

NO UP DEGREE. UP says while she took courses at the university, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos does not have a record of graduation.

FALSE: India 'declared national holiday' in honor of Duterte’s visit in 2018

Feb 01, 2019 - 8:17 PM

President Duterte's visit in 2018 coincides only with India's celebration of its Republic Day, an annual event in honor of the country’s constitution

FALSE: Time magazine says late dictator Marcos has been acquitted from all corruption cases

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:23 PM

No, a TIME magazine cover did not say former Philippine president Marcos had been acquitted of all corruption cases

FALSE: A photo of the Obamas showing support for PH opposition candidates

Jan 26, 2019 - 6:50 PM

No, this is not a photo of the Obamas supporting Philippine opposition candidates

False: SSS 'exclusively for Filipino citizens'

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Foreigners employed in the Philippines may get SSS coverage, contrary to claims that the government agency caters only to Filipino employees

Screenshot of the claim 'SSS is exclusive to Filipinos' in a post of the Philippines Defense Forces Forum about what appeared to be an SSS poster with Chinese translations

FALSE: Trillanes was wearing a Duterte shirt during a trip to Davao

Jan 24, 2019 - 2:55 PM

No, a Philippine opposition senator did not wear a shirt bearing President Duterte’s nickname

MISLEADING: Imee Marcos 'was a minor' during Martial Law

Jan 23, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The senatorial hopeful was 17 years old when Martial Law was proclaimed, but was already turning 31 in 1986, the year her family was exiled from the Philippines

FALSE: Duterte 'signed' universal health care bill in October 2018

Jan 23, 2019 - 8:16 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to sign the bill into law because Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed the bicameral conference committee report only on January 21, 2019

FALSE: Video of man who caught fire in Dubai after his cell phone overheated

Jan 23, 2019 - 1:34 PM

No, this is not a video of a man in Dubai who caught fire after his cell phone overheated

FALSE: Robredo 'wary of' Piñol’s river dredging proposal

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's interview is taken out of context and is stretched to infer links to the agriculture secretary

Screenshots from politics.com.ph and a blog claiming Robredo is opposed against Secretary Emannuel Piñol nationwide river dredging proposal.

MISLEADING: Phivolcs 'predicts' a Metro Manila earthquake

Jan 22, 2019 - 6:45 PM

'We cannot predict when or where an earthquake will happen,' Phivolcs says, in response to an inaccurate claim posted online

FALSE: Photo shows Chinese fishing boats in Philippine waters

Jan 21, 2019 - 8:28 AM

No, this photo does not show Chinese fishing boats in Philippine waters

FALSE: Imee Marcos 'earned degree from Princeton'

Jan 20, 2019 - 4:52 PM

'Our records do not show that Ms Marcos was awarded a degree,' says Princeton deputy university spokesperson Michael Hotchkiss in an email to Rappler

NOT A PRINCETON GRAD. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is the guest at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay Forum on January 16, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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