Misleading caption affixed to Indian Day parade photos

A post on the DDS Forever Movement Facebook group claiming that Indians flocked to see President Rodrigo Duterte during his visit in India is misleading.

Netizen Canceran Paras Lovell’s Sept. 27 post said:

Gustong kong ipagsigawan sa buong mundo na ako ay isang Pilipino… #So proud na may pinuno tayo na kilala sa buong mundo…
#Nirerespeto at iginagalang sa iba’t ibang bansa lahat na kanyang mapuntahan hindi ibinabalita ng mga bayarang media maipakita pero fakenews naman kinukuha lang mag-isa si PRRD na sabihing snab at kinakawawa sa napuntahan niya!!
#Ito ay pagbabalik-tanaw ka-DDS kong gaano dinumog ng mga tao si PRRD sa India para makita at masilayan lang ang ating mahal na Pangulo…
(I want to shout to the whole world that I am a Filipino… #So proud that we have a world-renowned leader. #Respected in different countries, everywhere he went. It isn’t reported and shown by paid media outlets, who make fake news pointing out PRRD as snubbed and depreciated in places he went!
(#This is looking back, fellow DDS, on how people flock to PRRD in India to see and have a glimpse of our beloved President…)

A reverse image search on Google reveals that the images were originally posted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office on Jan. 26, 2018.

The photo shows a huge turnout at India’s Republic Day Parade where Duterte attended as a guest, contrary to Lovell’s claim that people gathered to meet him.

Duterte, along with fellow leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states and India, gathered in New Delhi the day before, Jan. 25, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations.

The following are the original captions the PCOO wrote for the three photos Lovell posted:

Top photo: The Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi is crowded with revelers to witness the India Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2018. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte was among the distinguished guests who joined the celebration.
Bottom left photo: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Indian officials upon his arrival at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi for the President’s attendance to the India Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2018.
Bottom right photo: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied to the stage by Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez during the presentation of business agreements following the Philippines-India Business Forum at The Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi, India on January 26, 2017.

Multiple news reports, released since Duterte’s assumption of office, detail him being “snubbed” by other leaders or not being able to meet them.

The post has since gathered 138 comments, more than 5,400 reactions, and around 3,600 shares. The post was also shared to 42 other groups, garnering 6,667 interactions. (GA)


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Lovell, C. P. (2019, September 27). Gustong kong ipagsigawan sa buong mundo na ako ay isang Pilipino… #So proud na may pinuno tayo na kilala sa buong mundo… #Nirerespeto at iginagalang sa iba’t ibang bansa [Facebook status]. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/groups/2182617998533250/permalink/2242773385851044/

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the India Republic Day Parade and Philippines-India Business Forum. (2018, January 26). Presidential Communications Operations Office. Retrieved from https://pcoo.gov.ph/photo_gallery/president-rodrigo-roa-duterte-india-republic-day-parade-philippines-india-business-forum/

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