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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

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

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’

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.

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.'

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

HOAX: Robredo photo with 'a cop who killed Kian delos Santos'

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The man shown in a photo with Vice President Leni Robredo is a former Uber driver, not a cop involved in Kian delos Santos' slay

HOAX: Senator Tito Sotto 'tagged' as financier of NPA rebels

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:00 PM

There is no mention of Senate President Sotto in the embedded video

HOAX: Marcos gold bars, jewelry ‘taken by Aquinos,’ opposition

Dec 07, 2018 - 12:13 PM

The Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth has been proven in courts and the wealth recovered is accounted for by the PCGG

HOAX: Trillanes ‘demands to deactivate social media accounts of Duterte supporters’

Nov 29, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Senator Trillanes denies making this statement. The websites that posted the claim failed to indicate the source of the claim.

HOAX: Imelda Marcos convicted on law that 'doesn’t exist'

Nov 27, 2018 - 4:48 PM

RA 3019 or the 'Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act' is still in effect

HOAX: Mislatel 'already installed' a submarine cable in November 2018

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:59 PM

The Philippine DICT and China Telecommunications Corporation, which is part of the Mislatel Consortium, signed a letter of intent only on November 20

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

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

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