THE public must be vigilant against fake information about President Rodrigo Duterte and actress Kris Aquino, the Agence France Presse (AFP) said yesterday.
A viral Facebook post claimed that the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) named Duterte as the world’s best president. The post has been shared over 12,000 times.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, denied the report saying Duterte has not received an award from the UN agency.
“There’s no official notification from the UN about the said award,” Panelo told the AFP.
The AFP said the UN website did not make any announcements about Duterte receiving an award. Instead, it featured statements and press releases on a call for an investigation about the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.
Last August 30, AFP also reported a similar Facebook post claiming that Duterte won an award from ECOSOC.
The AFP then reported that various websites posted fake information on Aquino’s death. The fake death reports were posted on Facebook and shared over 4,000 times.
The post showed photos of Aquino with the caption: “Paalam, Queen of All Media Ms. Kris Aquino. Makakasama mo na rin mga magulang mo. (Farewell Queen of All Media, Ms. Kris Aquino Aquino. You can now join your parents. 1971-2018.)”
The post also featured a photo of a patient (reportedly Aquino) being treated by doctors in a hospital. The AFP, however, said the photo was from a United States military account posted in 2009.
Ernan Muñoz, a representative from Aquino’s production company, confirmed to AFP on Monday that Aquino is still alive.