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FALSE: COVID-19 not real, Bill Gates behind the disease

Jul 11, 2020 - 4:31 PM

The viral video contains several unproven conspiracy theories that were already debunked by fact checking organizations

FALSE: Court junks ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Jul 09, 2020 - 6:55 PM

It is Congress, not the Court, that deliberates on franchise renewals. ABS-CBN’s petition also still remains pending before the SC, which will resume deliberations on July 13.

FALSE: Boracay photos in 'disente' vs 'bastos' times

Jul 08, 2020 - 3:32 PM

(UPDATED) The 'disente' photo was taken in March 2018, while the 'bastos' photo was a stock photo that has been used in some articles shortly before Boracay's closure in April 2018

FALSE: PH economy got worse after Marcos was ousted

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:51 AM

Data show that the Philippine economy was already falling during the latter part of Marcos’ dictatorship

FALSE: Sharon Cuneta says Duterte is weak, dilawan will return to power in 2022

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:34 AM

Cuneta did not say that the President is weak or that the Liberal Party will return to power in 2022

FALSE: No specific mention of warrantless arrests in the Constitution

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:45 PM

There are two sections in the 1987 Constitution that mention warrantless arrests

FALSE: Tuob is a cure for COVID-19

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:54 PM

The Department of Health says that tuob or steam inhalation does not kill the coronavirus that causes COVID-19

CEBU Governor Gwendolyn Garcia. File photo from Cebu Province Public Information Office/Sugbo News

FALSE: Robredo 'says' lockdown should have started October 2019

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:29 PM

The quote card containing the false quote edited an actual Rappler quote card featuring the Vice President

FALSE: Philippines is country with highest gold reserves

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Official data from the World Bank show that the Philippines has never had the highest amount of gold reserves since 1960. IMF data also show the country is only ranked 23rd.

FALSE: Piolo Pascual dies in carjacking incident

Jun 29, 2020 - 12:35 PM

The video clip in the claim is from a 2015 news report on a different carjacking incident

FALSE: Dwayne Johnson dies in June 2020

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:05 AM

The celebrity is still alive. There is also no official report of Johnson’s death from BBC News, the source cited by the posts.

FALSE: Philippines among the 'lowest in COVID-19 cases, deaths in Asia'

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:51 PM

The Philippines ranks 15th out of 49 Asian countries when it comes to total number of novel coronavirus cases and No. 2 in ASEAN in terms of deaths

Bases Conversion and Development Authority President Vince Dizon emphasizes the importance of mutual coordination among government agencies to fully realize the vision of President Rodrigo Duterte during a press briefing in Malacañan on November 3. With Dizon during a discussion are Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, National Economic and Development Authority Director-General Ernesto Pernia, and Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

FALSE: Abu Sayyaf thanked actors, politicians opposing anti-terror bill

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:50 PM

The website where the information came from says its source was only a meme that was made for fun

FALSE: OVP sent spoiled food to frontliners at Diliman Doctors Hospital

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Both the hospital and Vice President Leni Robredo deny the incident took place

FALSE: Heat, garlic, ginger can prevent COVID-19

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:03 PM

There is no official cure or preventive treatment for COVID-19. The supposed cures in the post have been debunked by the WHO and fact checkers around the world

PARTLY FALSE: Cory Aquino to blame for media ownership provision in 1987 Constitution

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The section that allows only Filipino citizens to own mass media in the country is also in the 1973 Constitution ratified under the Marcos administration

FALSE: Protesters at U.P. did not practice physical distancing

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Sandra Aguinaldo, the reporter who originally uploaded the photo under scrutiny, posts photos from other angles and clarifies that there was physical distancing during the protest

FALSE: OFW positive for coronavirus raped by camel in Riyadh

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:35 PM

The video containing the preposterous claim is manipulated from a 2012 report about an OFW raped by police in Kuwait

3 things to remember in fact checking historical claims

Jun 12, 2020 - 3:29 PM

Remember these things every time you see a suspicious historical claim on social media, according to Filipino historian Xiao Chua

FALSE: DSWD 'gives P5,500 to every Facebook user'

Jun 10, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Cash aid for every Facebook user? No such thing, says the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

FALSE: Ex-BIR chief Kim Henares 'speaks up' on computation of ABS-CBN's taxes

Jun 10, 2020 - 4:25 PM

The video does not contain a statement or admission from former Bureau of Internal Revenue commissioner Kim Henares about ABS-CBN's taxes

FALSE: Actor McCoy De Leon says Duterte urgently needs mental help

Jun 09, 2020 - 8:21 PM

The graphic is manipulated and is not from ABS-CBN’s official channels

FALSE: Bill Gates is developing COVID-19 vaccines with microchips

Jun 09, 2020 - 2:52 PM

There are no reports on studies being done on a COVID-19 vaccine with a microchip; Bill Gates has also denied the claim

FALSE: Prolonged face mask use causes hypoxia, hypercapnia

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:44 PM

(UPDATED) WHO Philippines says using face masks does not cause hypoxia nor excessive carbon dioxide intake

FALSE: ABS-CBN's 'effective tax rate in 2018 was at negative 5%'

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:37 PM

ABS-CBN's 2018 audited financial statement says they had an effective tax rate of 4%

FALSE: Duterte honored by Time magazine

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:38 PM

The video wrongly equated 'strongman' with someone brave and firm, when in fact it is a term that describes a leader who controls by force of will and character

FALSE: Mar Roxas quote on mass testing, frontliners

Jun 03, 2020 - 6:15 PM

There are no news reports or statements that contain this supposed quote by Roxas

FALSE: Photo of world's biggest anaconda in the Philippines

Jun 03, 2020 - 6:00 PM

There are no reports of such a sighting, and the photo was manipulated

FALSE: Tanduay and Zonrox mix can be used as alcohol

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:19 AM

Experts and companies involved issued warnings about the mixture, saying it could 'form a dangerous chemical that has toxic effects' and 'may cause serious harm'

PARTLY FALSE: Ex-Ateneo de Davao University president quote on Duterte

Jun 02, 2020 - 6:38 PM

Only part of the quote is accurate: 'I admit [Duterte] says crazy things but he gets things done.' The rest of what is attributed to him isn't true.

FALSE: OFW in Saudi beheaded after testing positive for coronavirus

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:26 PM

The video containing the claim is from a 2015 report about the beheading of an OFW convicted for murder

FALSE: McCoy de Leon quotes on Duterte, ABS-CBN

Jun 02, 2020 - 2:52 PM

McCoy De Leon did not say these quotes, and ABS-CBN News did not publish these graphics

FALSE: Video of protesters breaking into the White House

Jun 02, 2020 - 12:21 PM

The video was taken at the Ohio Statehouse, not the White House

FALSE: New Philippine flag design on June 12, 2020

Jun 01, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The colors and design of the Philippine flag are mandated by the Constitution and the Flag and Heraldic Code. Any changes will require approved amendments to these laws.

FALSE: Poe, Hontiveros silent over coronavirus crisis

Jun 01, 2020 - 5:39 PM

Both senators have responded to the coronavirus crisis by doing their jobs as legislators and by providing assistance to frontliners

FALSE: ABS-CBN violated Constitution for being in airwaves for more than 50 years

May 30, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Law experts say Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta misinterpreted the provision in the Constitution regarding the 50-year cap for franchises

FALSE: 'DepEd announces Grade 13'

May 30, 2020 - 3:00 PM

The supposed screenshot of a news report was created with a meme generator tool

FALSE: Hollywood artists praise Duterte on Twitter

May 30, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Jackie Chan, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and Justin Bieber did not tweet about President Rodrigo Duterte

FALSE: Photo of Duterte portrait outside Japan national museum

May 29, 2020 - 7:02 PM

The original photo showed portraits of President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the National Monument in Indonesia

FALSE: Malunggay and kamias tea cure for COVID-19

May 29, 2020 - 6:54 PM

While some home remedies may alleviate symptoms of COVID-19, WHO says there is still no registered cure for the disease as of May 29

PARTLY FALSE: First Philippine Holdings 'made P24.6B profit, but only paid P10M income tax'

May 29, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The P10 million that First Philippine Holdings Corporation paid in income tax is part of a total of P5.175 billion in income taxes that the company and its subsidiaries paid in 2019

FALSE: Richard Gomez won’t accept returnees to Ormoc City

May 29, 2020 - 9:16 AM

The President says in a late night address that Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez would not accept returning residents in Ormoc City. Gomez never said this.

RELIEF OPERATIONS. Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez talks to personnel working in relief operations. Photo from Richard Gomez' Facebook

FALSE: ABS-CBN’s 1995 franchise allows only one channel

May 28, 2020 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) Nothing in ABS-CBN’s 1995 franchise says that it allows the broadcast of only one channel

PARTLY FALSE: COVID-19 is thrombosis, not pneumonia

May 28, 2020 - 3:33 PM

Multiple studies show that among the complications caused by COVID-19 is clotting of the blood. But not all COVID-19 patients exhibit this.

PARTLY FALSE: Gabby Lopez is an American citizen

May 28, 2020 - 2:54 PM

Lopez is a dual citizen – he is Filipino because he was born to Filipino parents, and is also an American because he was born in the US

FALSE: 'Flying insects' kill people in China, India, Iran

May 28, 2020 - 1:47 PM

The photos attached in this claim were taken from footage of a gas leak in India

FALSE: COVID-19 is bacteria, can be cured by aspirin

May 27, 2020 - 7:38 PM

COVID-19 is caused by a virus. The Italian Medicines Agency also does not include aspirin in its list of drugs made available for COVID-19 patients.

FALSE: Coco Martin quote on a teacher's arrest

May 26, 2020 - 7:13 PM

Actor Coco Martin did not say this quote. The graphic was manipulated from an ABS-CBN News quote card.

FALSE: Video of Wuhan, China in ‘2nd wave’ of coronavirus infections

May 26, 2020 - 6:46 PM

The footage is old and appeared as early as February 2020. Reports said the bodies in the video died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

FALSE: Madagascar President says WHO offered $20M to poison virus cure

May 25, 2020 - 9:11 PM

Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina did not make this accusation