An online video containing excerpts from President Rodrigo Duterte’s old speeches falsely alleges that the president has “uncovered” opposition senator Franklin Drilon’s “ghost projects.”
BREAKING NEWS TODAY JANUARY 11, 2021 PRES DUTERTE BINOKING SI DRILON (BREAKING NEWS TODAY JANUARY 11, 2021 PRES DUTERTE EXPOSED DRILON)
The text on on the video’s thumbnail reads:
DUTERTE NAHULI ANG MGA GHOST PROJECTS NI DRILON (DUTERTE CAUGHT DRILON’S GHOST PROJECTS)
The video ran Duterte’s Nov. 5, 2020 statement on alleged corrupt practices in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), specifically low-quality public works such as public toilets with no covers and divisions.
However, there was no mention of Drilon, who is Senate minority leader and vice chairman of the Liberal Party, in the misleading video.
The uncut original video and the transcript of the speech also show Duterte never mentioned the senator throughout the briefing.
The second clip is from Duterte's media interview in November 2019 where he defended the controversial cauldron built for the 2019 SEA Games.
Drilon had questioned the extravagant amount spent on the cauldron which he said could have gone to building classrooms.
Duterte clapped back at Drilon, mentioning the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center in 2015 for which the senator was accused of plunder in a complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman.
The Office of the Ombudsman, however, dismissed the complaint against Drilon and other officials in May 2015, citing insufficient evidence to charge them with malversation of public funds, plunder, grave misconduct and dishonesty.
There are no new cases against Drilon.
In late December, Duterte announced the names of current and former lawmakers who supposedly received kickbacks from the government’s public works projects. Drilon was not among the names he read.
As of writing, the YouTube video has gained 149,320 views and about 3,000 likes while the Facebook post has garnered about 706 reactions, 309 shares and 88 comments.
Duterte News Info Live shares pro-Duterte news with misleading headlines and has gained 9,029 likes and 49,809 followers since it was created on Facebook last October. The YouTube channel was created in 2012 and has chalked up more than 43 million views. (RDG)
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