Fact check: Is the man who challenged the father of ‘Ateneo bully’ found dead?

Fact check: Is the man who challenged the father of ‘Ateneo bully’ found dead?

- Posts went viral on social media claiming that the man who challenged the father of the accused “bully” in Ateneo was found dead

- A French news agency had a chance to speak with Canadian Armed Forces about this

- It has been discovered that the claim is false and the man is still alive

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Multiple reports were shared on different social media platforms claiming that Joseph Perez Otazu, the man who challenged the father of the accused “bully” of Ateneo Junior High School has been found dead. KAMI learned that this claim has been debunked by a French news agency, Agence France-Presse (AFP).

According to the report of AFP, sites like this and this claimed that Otazu has been found dead.

“LIVE LEAK: Isang Bakasyunistang Naghamon Sa Ama Ni [accused bully] Natagpuang Patay,” it said in the headline.

Fact check: Is the man who challenged the father of ‘Ateneo bully’ found dead?

Screenshot from Agence French-Presse
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However, the video leads to a different news regarding an incident way back 2016. It was published by UNTV about a shooting incident in Malabon.

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AFP had a chance to speak with Canadian Armed Forces and that they had confirmed that Otazu is part of the military and the report about him being found dead is false.

“I can confirm that Master Corporal Joseph Perez Otazu reported for duty today, January 8th, 2019, after having spent some time on leave with family over the Christmas season. Thus, the posts referring to his death are false”, said Lt. Kelly Boyden of Public Affairs Office of the Canadian Armed Forces in an email to AFP.

In a previous report by KAMI, Filipino-Canadian Joseph Perez Otazu is a combat soldier. When he learned about the bullying incident in Ateneo, he challenged the father of the accused bully through a viral video.

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