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Photo of floods not in Mindanao, but in Iloilo

A photo on a Facebook page showing a shirtless man “chilling” purportedly in the midst of flooding in Mindanao was actually taken in Iloilo, also amid heavy flooding there.

The photo, first posted by Facebook netizen KrisPhil Abarro last Sept.16, was misappropriated by the Facebook page Noel Landero Sarifa, in its Dec. 19 post.

It was one of five photos, all supposedly of Mindanao, that accompanied the caption:

Mga taga Mindanao Chill lang.. Walang kuskos balungos, walang pa hashtag na nasaan ang pangulo, hindi kasi nila inaasa lahat sa gobyerno, and besides matalino sila to determine sino ang dapat nagrerespond and saan dapat humingi ng tulong just incase... Kaya hindi din sila magamit ng mga woke at dilawan laban sa pangulo dahil mga taga Mindanao ang kukuyog sa post nila.. 😁😅
(People from Mindanao are chill.. No fussing [around], no sharing of the hashtag ‘nasaan ang pangulo’, they don’t rely on the government for everything, and besides they are smart enough to determine who should be the one responding to [their needs] and where to ask for help just in case… That’s why people like them aren’t used by ‘woke’ and ‘dilawan’ people against the president because Mindanao people will [actually] be the ones mock their post.. 😁😅)

Reverse image searches confirmed that the four other photos were from places in Mindanao, but not KrisPhil Abarro’s.

According to his Facebook about section and posts, Abarro lives in Miagao, Iloilo and this photo was said to be one of his friends.

Another friend of his, Jacky Monsale, was the one who actually took the photo and it just so happened that he resides in Miagao, Iloilo as well.

Abarro’s post tagged Monsale after a camera emoji, which indirectly gives credit to him as the one who took the photo. The Facebook about section and posts of Monsale shows his residency in Miagao, Iloilo.

Google Maps’ street view indicates that the bridge appearing behind the person is located at 10.644540489528236, 122.2397536296351, within Barangay Igtuba, Miagao, Iloilo.

According to various reports, the flooding in Iloilo was caused by tropical storm “Leon,” which hit the country last Sept. 15 and brought moderate to heavy rains over Western Visayas, among other places.

Last December, tropical depression “Vicky” caused floods in Mindanao, including Northern Mindanao, Davao Region and Caraga, forcing residents to seek refuge in evacuation centers.

As of Jan. 14, 2021, the Noel Landero Sarifa post has garnered more than 6,700 reactions, 577 comments, and 1,800 shares.

The Facebook page has 111,510 likes and 116,930 followers. It was created on May 19, 2019. (JO)


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