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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

HOAX: Trump ‘supports’ Sara Duterte for ‘2022 presidential run’

Nov 01, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The picture of US President Donald Trump ‘supporting’ Sara Duterte is a manipulated 2015 photo taken in New York City

MISLEADING: Photo of Duterte 'monitoring' Typhoon Rosita

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The photo is actually the president monitoring Typhoon Ompong in September. Nonetheless, Duterte was reportedly briefed on Typhoon Rosita

HOAX: ‘Yolanda rehabilitation funds used by dilawans - UN’

Oct 31, 2018 - 7:58 PM

The embedded video is a news report on the United Nations on the slow release of funds to rebuild homes post-Yolanda

HOAX: Photo of Marawi housing projects

Oct 29, 2018 - 3:15 PM

It's a stock photo used by a number of American companies

How to fact-check reports during disasters

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:30 PM

How do you know if an article or tweet sharing disaster-related information is true?

Tip of the iceberg: Tracing the network of spammy pages in Facebook takedown

Oct 27, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Many of the pages in these networks have shared false or misleading articles

FALSE: PH news sites may be ‘victims of fake news from Facebook’

Oct 26, 2018 - 9:59 AM

While TechSabado admits in an update that Facebook confirmed the authenticity of reports about its takedown of spammy pages, it did not correct its headline which bears the false title

HOAX: Pope Francis excommunicated Fr. Robert Reyes

Oct 23, 2018 - 9:47 PM

The original content is posted by a website that labels itself as satire but has a history of posting content that fooled readers

HOAX: Bam Aquino’s ‘quote’ on Boracay rehabilitation

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:47 PM

The quote is fabricated, says the senator's office

HOAX: Alejano's 'quotes' on Bong Go

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:55 AM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says the quotes are fake and part of black propaganda ahead of the 2019 elections

HOAX: COA 'flags unliquidated funds of Mocha Uson, Alan Peter Cayetano'

Oct 19, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Audit reports do not contain the claim by Facebook page Silent No More PH that Mocha Uson and Alan Peter Cayetano had 'unliquidated funds' before they resigned from PCOO and DFA, respectively

HOAX: Franklin Drilon death hoax

Oct 19, 2018 - 3:24 PM

The senator is still alive

FAQ: All you need to know about Rappler IQ, Rappler's Fact Check Project

Oct 18, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Rappler answers frequently asked questions about our fact-check initiative

MISLEADING: Facebook albums say 'no media coverage of some Duterte achievements'

Oct 16, 2018 - 7:05 PM

At least 33 out of 40 headlines listed in the Facebook albums are reported on by news organizations

MISLEADING: 14th month pay law is ‘approved’

Oct 12, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The act mandating 14th month pay for all employees is still a bill and has not been approved by Congress

HOAX ALERT: 'Quotes' by celebrities, world leaders on President Duterte

Oct 10, 2018 - 2:09 PM

We compile online posts that contain fake or non-existent 'praises' or statements supposedly about Duterte

HOAX: Photo of houses in ‘Marawi rehabilitation project’

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:27 AM

The photo used is a 2011 post-earthquake ‘container temporary housing’ in Japan

HOAX: Philippines 'acquires' new amphibious tanks from Japan

Oct 08, 2018 - 1:03 PM

The tanks will be used only for joint military exercises with the United States and Japan

FALSE: Mocha Uson says she ‘does not spread fake news’

Oct 06, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The social media personality has misled her Facebook followers by sharing posts from websites that produce content with false context

HOAX: Bam Aquino's 'quote' on Dengvaxia

Oct 05, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The quote and the graphic it was placed on are fabricated

HOAX: US Ambassador Nikki Haley 'quote' on Duterte

Sep 28, 2018 - 12:00 PM

This is a resurfaced claim from 2017. The US ambassador didn't say “we must give Duterte space to run the nation.”

FALSE: ‘Not a single cent spent on NDRRMC command center’

Sep 27, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Ex-defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin said in 2014 no taxpayers’ money would be spent on the construction of the Intelligence Operations Center. It was eventually funded by the national budget in succeeding years.

HOAX: Cory Aquino, Sereno wear ‘Imelda Marcos’ necklace’

Sep 26, 2018 - 3:46 PM

According to the PCGG, Imelda Marcos’ jewelry are all kept in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

HOAX: NU students 'walk out' of Senator Hontiveros’ speech

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:15 PM

This is an old hoax post resurfaced in time for the protests on the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law

FALSE: Filipinos ‘free to roam, can watch news’ during Martial Law

Sep 22, 2018 - 7:06 PM

Copy-pasted comments on Facebook amplify the false claim made by Martial Law administrator Juan Ponce Enrile in his interview with Ferdinand Marcos Jr

LIST: False claims of Juan Ponce Enrile on Martial Law

Sep 21, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Former Marcos defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile, the architect and implementor of Martial Law, also wrongly claims that there were no massacres during that time

MARTIAL LAW. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos interviews ex-defense minister and Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile. Screenshots from Bongbong's YouTube account

FALSE: 'Only one executed,' 'none arrested' under Marcos' Martial Law – Enrile

Sep 21, 2018 - 3:17 PM

Many individuals have come forward to share their stories of being arrested and tortured under the Marcos regime

FALSE: 'No massacres' during Martial Law

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:43 AM

(2ND UPDATE) There were at least two massacres reported during that period. Both happened in Mindanao, and both were committed against Muslim communities.

Screenshot of video of the 1st part of 'JPE: A Witness to History' where former defense secretary Juan Ponce Enrile tells Ferdinand Marcos Jr that there were 'no massacres' during Martial Law.

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