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FALSE: National Board of Canvassers has final official result in 2016 VP election recount

Apr 06, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Facebook posts falsely claim that lawmakers have a 'final official result' in the 2016 vice presidential election recount

FALSE: A photo of a Chinese ship attacking Philippine boats

Mar 23, 2019 - 9:42 PM

This is not a photo of a Chinese ship attacking Philippine vessels

FALSE: Villegas says acquit suspects in Cebu teen's rape-slay case

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Villegas himself denies issuing a statement on acquitting the suspects in Christine Silawan's killing, calling it 'fake' and a 'ridiculous lie'

FALSE: Photo of a Hugpong ng Pagbabago rally drawing a massive crowd

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:37 PM

A quick reverse image search reveals that the photo is that of devotees of the Black Nazarene during a procession held in Manila on January 9, 2013

FALSE: Final testing of ballot machines found flaws, misleading results

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:37 PM

Comelec says it has not yet conducted the final testing and sealing of vote counting machines

FALSE: 'Video of 3 suspects' in rape-slay case of Cebu teen

Mar 17, 2019 - 4:10 PM

A video embedded in several websites is a report about a rape case in Bulacan, not in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

FALSE. Screenshot of the video embedded in the websites featuring the alleged suspects to rape-slay case of girl in Cebu.  FALSE. Screenshot of the video embedded in the websites featuring the alleged suspects to rape-slay case of girl in Cebu.

MISLEADING: Without President Duterte, no Filipino-made train

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The DOST engineering team started developing the first hybrid electric road train in 2012. It hit the rails of the Philippine National Railways in March 2019.

MISLEADING. Screenshots of the claims posted in different pro-Duterte pages giving credits to Duterte for the first Filipino-built train.

FALSE: CNN's Anderson Cooper called Mar and Korina a 'corrupt couple'

Feb 27, 2019 - 6:47 PM

Anderson Cooper himself denies on Twitter calling the couple 'corrupt'

FALSE: Alejano says OFWs 'sold their souls to Duterte'

Feb 27, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano reiterates that the quote is false and is just propaganda. The claim had already been proven false and is being rehashed.

A screenshot of the photo of Alejano with his supposed quote against the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)

FALSE: Dead children with no internal organs found in Marikina warehouse

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:01 PM

The photo is actually of Syrian children killed in the deadly August 2013 Ghouta chemical attack

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

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

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

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.

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: 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

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

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

FALSE: Is this a sign targetting a rival of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte?

Dec 07, 2018 - 10:43 AM

No, this is not a photo of a sign targeting a rival of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

FALSE: ‘No law’ prevents gov’t officials from participating in businesses

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The provision in the 1973 Constitution that prohibits government officials from practicing their profession or participating in businesses was even strengthened in the 1987 Constitution

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

FALSE: Pie chart of Philippines' national debt under 3 presidents

Nov 06, 2018 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) 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

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