Capitalizing the APEC Hottie craze in the worst way possible
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a good reputation among Filipinos. Aside from being revered in the Philippines as the APEC Hottie, he is also praised for his style of governance that Filipinos wish to see in their own country.
Because of those and the fact that Canadian-Philippine relations are generally positive, Fake News Websites in the Philippines have decided to capitalize on the Prime Minister’s fame in the Philippines.
The first case of this incident comes from Duterte Parallel Organization – Tagumpay Ng Pagbabago, one of the countless Facebook pages spreading fake news in the name of the President of the Philippines. They posted this on their page at around 5PM of September 25, 2016:
The post reads:
Canada Prime Minister sends a Lovely Message to Duterte and Filipinos
“Canada and Philippines have been good friends for centuries. Philippines, knows that Canada loves you and we are giving you the fullest support. Count on us anytime and we would be at your door step.” The Prime Minister said.
Thank You so much CANADA for the love and support! Please Share!!
In addition to that, the post also has a link attached that would bring you to a news article on Prime Minister Trudeau supposedly sending a lovely message to the Filipinos and President Duterte. The said fake news article is of course, posted in the notorious fake news website Du30NewsInfo.
The said fake news article carries this statement supposedly said by the Canadian Prime Minister:
In addition to that, another fake news website took the same route and posted the fake news item of Prime Minister Trudeau’s “lovely message to Duterte and the Filipino people”. This fake news website in question is DW-TV3.
As much as we would love to see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau send messages of comfort to the Philippines, we would like to break it to all of you that he hasn’t done that recently.
A quick look into the Prime Minister’s official social media accounts as well as the Government of Canada’s official social media accounts will tell you that the Prime Minister did not release such statements. The same goes for taking a quick look at the official social media accounts of the Presidential Communications Office of the Philippines.
Let’s just hope Canada will forgive us for this, should they ever find out about it.