Facebook page Bantay Nakaw Coalition posted a manipulated photo of President Rodrigo Duterte wearing military uniform and saluting the Chinese flag.
Embedded in the Nov. 13 photo is the text “GHONDIWANGBU,” a wordplay for “DIGONG” (Duterte) and “BUANG” (crazy in Cebuano).”
The post was captioned:
Malapit sa katotohanan. 🇨🇳 (Close to the truth. 🇨🇳)
A Forensically image analysis reveals the picture was heavily edited, with manipulated regions of the image showing different contrast from its background.
Duterte’s face was superimposed onto a man’s body. A reverse image search shows the photo was from Getty Images, taken by photojournalist Manman Dejeto for Agence France-Presse during Duterte’s May 26, 2016 press conference in Davao City.
A TinEye reverse image search reveals the image of the military man was posted April 22, 2008 on a Chinese e-commerce site list.dangdang.com. The photo is no longer viewable on its website, but TinEye still has its thumbnail and metadata.
The claim was made amid news reports that the Philippines received a P999 million China grant to rehabilitate the war-torn Marawi City, as revealed by the National Economic and Development Authority’s list of priority Build, Build, Build projects. (JRC, EEM)
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