Rappler, Vera Files Fact-check Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Facebook’s two sanctimonious fact-checking partners in the Philippines — Rappler and Vera Files — just fact-checked a recent statement by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte’s statement comes on the heels of a call by United Nations human rights experts for an investigation into police killings linked to the crackdown on illegal drugs.

Previously, a petition was submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeking for a  investigation of Duterte’s alleged “crimes against humanity.” The Philippines has since withdrawn membership from the ICC.

In a public statement, Duterte said that he will not allow himself to be judged by White men.

In their fact-check, which seemed copied from each other, Rappler and Vera Files said that the United Nations is not composed of all White men, the ICC judges included.

“There are Blacks, Latinos and Asians in the U.N. and ICC, and there are women as well,” the fact-checkers pointed out.

Thank heavens for these fact-checkers — otherwise we all would have been fooled by Duterte’s statement!

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