Fact check: Was the photo of ‘dirty’ Manila Bay taken before the time of Duterte?

Fact check: Was the photo of ‘dirty’ Manila Bay taken before the time of Duterte?

- An online post claimed that the Manila Bay was really dirty during the past administrations

- It said that it was only during the time of President Rodrigo Duterte that it was clean

- However, the photo was reported to be misleading

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A photo of supposed dirty Manila Bay has circulated online, claiming that it was the condition of the bay before Rodrigo Duterte was elected as the President.

KAMI learned that the post was comparing the differences before and after the time of Duterte.

In a report by French news agency Agence France-Presse, the post showed the photos of former Presidents Cory Aquino, Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Noynoy Aquino superimposed on top of theirs.

Under their photos was the text: “Manila Bay Before. Mga top caliber President at may maamong bunganga.”

Meanwhile, below was a photo of President Duterte and its background was the clean Manila Bay. It has a text below saying: “Ito Presidenteng marumi ang tabas ng dila at promdi daw sabi nila.”

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However, it was discovered by AFP that the post was misleading.

The photo of the “dirty” Manila Bay was in an article published by the Philippine Star on December 17, 2018, two years after Duterte became the President.

“File photo shows a scavenger collecting reusable materials in Manila Bay after Typhoon Ompong hit the country in September,” it said in the caption.

Fact check: Was the photo of ‘dirty’ Manila Bay taken before the time of Duterte?

Screenshot from AFP
Source: Facebook

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Meanwhile, the clean version of the bay used in the post was taken from the article of Philippine Daily Inquirer published on January 29, 2019.

Fact check: Was the photo of ‘dirty’ Manila Bay taken before the time of Duterte?

Screenshot from AFP
Source: Facebook

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President Rodrigo Duterte assumed his post on June 30, 2016. He also served as the mayor and vice mayor of Davao City for over 20 years.

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