Fact check: Does this viral photo really show PH warship on its way to rescue OFWs in Libya?

Fact check: Does this viral photo really show PH warship on its way to rescue OFWs in Libya?

- This picture has been creating a huge buzz online due to its authenticity, as other netizens and groups claimed

- As clearly evident in the picture, you can see a ship that has a Philippine flag on it, which apparently were noticed by online users to be inauthentic

- Reportedly, the photo went viral which apaprently published by the state-owned television network

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Report from CNN stated that the state-owned television network, People's Television network or PTV, has issued a public apology with regard to the viral photo published.

KAMI has learned that the said photo went viral due to allegations that it's edited or has been manipulated to show the Philippine flag.

According to the report, during its weekend newscast, "Ulat Bayan," on its Sunday feed, the said TV network apparently used a photo of a sailing "frigate," which referred to "any of several types of warship" with the Philippine flag heaved up.

This is apparently to complement or complete the report of President Rodrigo Duterte's plan of sending a warship for the 3 Pinoys in Libya.

Eventually, netizens identified the warship as that of from the Chinese Navy which is the "Type 054A Jiangkai II-class frigate."

MaxDefense Philippines Facebook page spotted the alleged inauthencity of the photo, and posted the supposed original snap of the Chinese Navy frigate and that of PTV's.

As claimed, the Chinese flag was replaced with the Philippine flag, and hence, the clamor.

With this, PTV recently an official erratum of what was published, and we quote:

"ULAT BAYAN apologizes for the inadvertent use of wrong photos as support video for its story on the plan to send a Philippine Navy ship to help rescue the three (3) Filipino Overseas Filipino Workers abducted by armed men in Libya, in the PTV Newscast last Sunday, August 5, 2018. Said photos were downloaded from the internet by an Ulat Bayan video editor.
Please be advised that the video editor responsible for downloading and using the said photos without proper verification has already been sanctioned. Consequently, other PTV News producers and editors have likewise been warned against making similar mistakes in the future.
Moving forward, we shall take more diligent measures to deliver straightforward and accurate news to the Filipino people."

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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