A Facebook page has recycled a 4-year-old photo of picketing typhoon “Yolanda” survivors to slam them for seeking justice from President Rodrigo Duterte.

In its Dec. 13 post, Filipino Community accused the protesters four years after of trying to cover up history by blaming Duterte instead of his predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, for failing to act on their plight. Aquino was president when Yolanda tore into the Visayas.

Filipino Community’s post made it appear the rally took place only recently when in reality it occurred in November 2017, or four years after the super-typhoon battered the country, leaving more than 6,000 dead.

Panay Today posted on Nov. 8, 2017 the original photo of the protest action in Estancia, Iloilo.

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FactRakers is a Philippines-based fact-checking initiative of journalism majors at the University of the Philippines-Diliman working under the supervision of Associate Professor Yvonne T. Chua of the University of the Philippines’ Journalism Department. Associate Professor Ma. Diosa Labiste, also of the Journalism Department, serves as editorial consultant.

The name of the initiative, coined from the words “fact” and “raker,” is inspired by the term “muckrakers,” first used in the early 1900s by American president Theodore Roosevelt to express his annoyance at progressive, reform-minded journalists at the time.


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