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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

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

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

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

Ian Veneracion laughs off death hoax

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:22 AM

'Kaya pala 'di ako pinapansin ng asawa ko,' Ian jokes in an Instagram post

Can spreading gossip or hoaxes online land you in jail?

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:30 AM

It can, lawyers say, if the information you spread harms the reputation or the rights of another person

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

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Aug 08, 2018 - 8:57 PM

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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.

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

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

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