Epic fail! DDS propagandists caught spreading satirical posts about Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s win on US Int’l Anti-Corruption Award as actual news

LionhearTVOctober 14, 2021

On October 13, several DDS propagandists had their epic fail moment after spreading posts that President Rodrigo Duterte was a US International Anti-Corruption awardee.

However, the said post came from the Satire Page Cebu Dairy News.

As a result, netizens fact-checked said propagandists through social media.

Artist Aljon Mendoza had a face-palm moment, noting that despite being a satirical post, many still congratulated Duterte.

Other netizens echoed Mendoza’s observations.

They clarified that it was Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto who won the award.

One netizen expressed concern about people imitating publication materials from the social media of legitimate news outlets.

Another netizen detailed a personal account of seeing people they know sharing the said post on facebook.

One netizen pointed out that people should take satire less seriously.

Other netizens theorized that people spreading the post aimed to make noise on social media.

The Satire Page Cebu Dairy News released a statement saying that they are glad to see people fact-checking the details they posted.

As for the actual person who won the award, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto was one of the 12 recipients of the International Anti-Corruption Champions Award in February 2021. 

The US Government described Sotto as “a standard-bearer for a new generation of Philippine politicians who prioritize anti-corruption and transparency initiatives in their election campaigns and in office.”

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