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Facebook fact check partners can now flag misleading photos, videos

Sep 14, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Third-party fact checking organizations can now rate media that is directly uploaded to the platform

MISLEADING: Photo of 'Typhoon Ompong relief operations'

Sep 14, 2018 - 3:39 PM

(UPDATED) While the DSWD is indeed preparing relief goods ahead of Typhoon Ompong's landfall, the photo used by Mga Balitang Pinas Facebook page is from 2015

Misleading: Duterte ‘did not sign order’ to arrest critics

Sep 12, 2018 - 9:36 AM

The President makes the claim in an interview with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo

FALSE: Duterte says Gazmin 'didn't have authority to give Trillanes amnesty'

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:07 PM

President Aquino granted the amnesty through Proclamation Number 75. The defense department was only assigned to process applications.

HOAX: ‘Two ex-Comelec programmers arrested for destroying evidence of 2016 elections fraud’

Sep 06, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The story is pure fiction. The alleged programmers do not exist.

HOAX: Trillanes arrested on September 4

Sep 05, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The lawmaker is still under the Senate's custody as of posting time

This has been the 5th dubious claim involving the senator Rappler has checked.

This has been the 5th dubious claim involving the senator Rappler has checked.

HOAX: Risa Hontiveros 'quote' on kidnapping

Aug 31, 2018 - 9:57 PM

The photo is fabricated. The original one contains a quote about the passage of the Strengthened Anti-hospital Deposit Law.

HOAX: 'Marijuana Boys tortured then killed'

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:42 PM

The group of boys who went viral for cursing at President Duterte are alive and under the custody of Malabon police. The video in the hoax blog post refers to a Zambales kidnap-murder case in 2016.

Screenshot of an undated August ang.balitangswak.info post claiming the teenagers, who recently went viral because of their 'pot session' video, were tortured then killed.

Screenshot of an undated August ang.balitangswak.info post claiming the teenagers, who recently went viral because of their 'pot session' video, were tortured then killed.

HOAX: COA 'quotes' on PNR toilet project anomaly

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:40 PM

The blog post invents some quotes which were not in COA's observations on the questioned project

HOAX: ‘Ninoy Aquino died a Malaysian citizen’

Aug 22, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Ninoy did have two passports, a real and a fake one, when he returned to the Philippines in 1983. Based on several accounts of his final days, there was no Malaysian passport.

HOAX: Kris Aquino wears ‘Imelda Marcos’ necklace’

Aug 22, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Kris Aquino had previously denied that the necklace she wore to the APEC Summit dinner belonged to Imelda Marcos

HOAX: Duterte is 'first Philippine president to import galunggong'

Aug 20, 2018 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippines has been importing galunggong or round scad at least since 2001, according to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority

HOAX: Fiscal in viral road altercation video 'shot dead'

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The embedded video is a May 2017 news report about a different fiscal who was shot dead outside her house in Caloocan City

HOAX: ‘COA flags Chito Gascon’s 3 P6.7-M China trips’

Aug 17, 2018 - 5:13 PM

COA has not flagged such trips and the said auditor does not exist

MISLEADING: Roque says cash-based budget ‘implemented,' 'worked’ in 2018

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:12 PM

Fiscal Year 2018 is still obligation-based. The budget department merely recommended that agencies implement their budgets as if they're cash-based, to prepare for the use of that system in 2019.

HOAX: 'Trillanes positive in Sotto’s surprise drug test in Senate'

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:22 PM

The senator tested negative, as shown in his tweet of the test result

MISLEADING: 3rd telco 'now in the Philippines'

Aug 16, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The 3rd telco player will enter 'before Christmas,' says Information and Communications Technology acting secretary Eliseo Rio Jr

HOAX: 'Robredo's legalize shabu article on Rappler'

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Rappler has no such story. Vice President Leni Robredo also did not make any statement calling for the legalization of shabu.

HOAX: Duterte 'fires' hundreds of errant cops

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:04 AM

The cops merely get a scolding from the President

Misleading: Senators 'block' approval of federalism budget

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Senators are only questioning the P90-million budget for the information drive on federalism

MISLEADING: 48 'brand new' trains under Duterte

Aug 11, 2018 - 8:18 AM

Acquired during the Aquino administration, the trains for the MRT-3 line have yet to be used because of weight and compatibility issues

HOAX: ‘Ex-LP congressman buys posh Alabang home post-Yolanda’

Aug 09, 2018 - 7:39 PM

This story is pure fiction. Both the alleged congressman and the lawyer who pointed out the 'issue' do not exist

MISLEADING: Sotto 'bares' senators linked to alleged 2016 poll fraud

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:47 PM

The Senate President has yet to name those who 'benefited' from irregularities in the 2016 elections, but a YouTube video thumbnail appears to implicate 4 opposition senators

Screenshot of website that appears to implicate 4 senators in the alleged 2016 poll fraud

Misleading: COA 'orders Hontiveros' to return illegal PhilHealth bonuses

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:07 PM

COA does not name any board member as being responsible for the PhilHealth disallowances; Hontiveros became member only after the illegal releases

HOAX: 'Philippine warship' photo in PTV report on kidnapped OFWs in Libya

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:22 PM

(UPDATED) The original photograph is a Chinese frigate ship with the flag of China. PTV's news report changes the flag to that of the Philippines.

24 newsrooms in Brazil to fact-check WhatsApp ahead of elections

Aug 07, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The fact-checking collaboration called Comprova will have access to the newly launched WhatsApp Business API which provides them better communication with their readers

HOAX: Jessy Mendiola 'dead' after car crash

Aug 02, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The actress was indeed involved in a road accident in May 2018, but she is alive and well now

Screenshot of a hoax website claiming that actress Jessy Mendiola 'died' in a car crash

HOAX: 'Unpaid SONA protesters' swarm Liberal Party headquarters

Aug 01, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The blog post was published in February 2018, 4 months before the 2018 SONA and the alleged gathering outside the LP headquarters

HOAX: P6,000 'monthly' pension for senior citizens

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:58 PM

The Social Welfare Department has been providing a pension worth P500 a month – not P6,000 a month – to indigent senior citizens for years

Screenshot of a website claiming that senior citizens can avail of a P6,000 pension per month from the government

MISLEADING: Philippines now ‘number one fastest growing economy’

Jul 27, 2018 - 12:20 PM

The thumbnail of the embedded video is a screenshot of GDP figures in a 2013 news report. Nonetheless, a credit ratings firm expects the Philippines to still be 'among the fastest growing economies in the Asia-Pacific region'

HOAX: 'Slain Filipino soldiers' photo in military 'cover-up'

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:46 PM

It is an April 2010 photo of fallen Indian police officials after being ambushed by local insurgent forces

HOAX: Viral photo of SONA 2018 rally 'supports' Duterte, Marcos

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:22 PM

The photo is of anti-Duterte protesters along Commonwealth Avenue during President Rodrigo Duterte's 2018 SONA

HOAX: Robredo willing to ‘sacrifice’ herself to be president

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:01 PM

The Vice President never said such statement

Screenshot of a presidentdutertenews.com post published in February claiming Vice President Leni Robredo is 'willing' to 'kill herself' to replace President Rodrigo Duterte

HOAX: Kris Aquino's son Josh 'dies' of cancer

Jul 24, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Doctors have already given Joshua Aquino a clean bill of health after being confined recently due to an esophagus condition

Screenshot of a website claiming that Josh Aquino, son of actress Kris Aquino, has died

HOAX: Bishops' 'Start the Drug Dealings' banner

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The original photo calls for an end to tyranny

HOAX: Villacorta: ‘PH lost national dignity under Duterte’

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:52 PM

While not a direct quote from the ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General, the original statement is, in fact, praise for the President

HOAX: Expanded Maternity Leave Law already signed

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:27 PM

The bill has not been signed as a law yet. It has been only approved by the Senate in their 3rd and final reading, and waiting for its 2nd reading in the House

HOAX: Former chief justice Sereno is disbarred by DOJ

Jul 19, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Sereno is reprimanded following the SC's show cause order related to her ouster, but is not disbarred

MISLEADING: 186 mayors and governors lose police escort

Jul 18, 2018 - 7:40 PM

The mayors and governors, however, lost executive powers over police operations in their areas as of July 11

HOAX: Kadamay's Arellano asks Duterte to prioritize basic needs over boxing

Jul 18, 2018 - 6:43 PM

There are no official reports of Kadamay Chairperson Gloria 'Ka Bea' Arellano asking President Duterte for free water, food, and electricity

Screenshot of a July 17 Facebook post claiming that Kadamay Chairperson Gloria 'Ka Bea' Arellano asked Duterte to give them free water, electricity and food

HOAX: Alan Peter Cayetano 'resigns' as DFA Secretary

Jul 13, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The Foreign Affairs secretary is still part of Duterte's Cabinet

HOAX: Gary Valenciano ‘dead’

Jul 13, 2018 - 12:17 PM

The actor said on July 6 that he is now cleared of cancer

HOAX: Enrile hits Sotto over plan for De Lima release

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:05 PM

On Sonshine Radio DZAR 1026’s talk show on July 6, former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and his co-anchors do not mention senators Tito Sotto and Leila de Lima

HOAX: ‘CBCP-owned’ stocks

Jul 06, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Stocks owned by two bishops in the 'list' are not necessarily owned by CBCP. The remaining 13 are not bishops but priests and nuns.

MISLEADING: Build, Build, Build figures used by anti-Duterte page

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Two out of the 3 alleged conditions for Chinese loans under the Philippines' Build, Build, Build program cannot be verified yet

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Jul 02, 2018 - 1:22 PM

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HOAX: Pope Francis 'kisses' model on the chest

Jul 01, 2018 - 1:10 PM

An altered photo posted online shows this supposed kiss – which never happened. One commenter uses the fake photo to justify President Rodrigo Duterte kissing a married overseas Filipino worker in South Korea.

HOAX: Tagle's 'verbal exchange' with Duterte, 'replace the State' quote

Jun 30, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The office of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle confirms the two 'memes' are fake

MISLEADING: ‘Trump congratulates Duterte for 40% down in drugs’

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:59 PM

While the US President announces better US-Philippines relations in the embedded video, he did not cite a 40% 'down in drugs'

HOAX: Pope Francis 'defends’ Duterte’s 'God is stupid' remark

Jun 30, 2018 - 4:31 PM

No documents in the Vatican’s website nor news reports support the claim