FALSE: 'Inquirer story' on Gutoc threatening to jail netizens over life vest

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A screenshot of a headline that was doctored to look like it was published by the Inquirer. There is no Inquirer story published with this headline.

Facebook user Paolo Malig posted on April 13 a screenshot of a supposed Philippine Daily Inquirer story on senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc allegedly threatening to jail netizens who made fun of her wearing a life vest.

The headline of the supposed story, with supposed byline of Gabriel Pabico Lalu and dated April 13, says, “Gutoc to netizens: I'll send you to jail for making fun of wearing my life vest!”

Malig posted the screenshot in the public Facebook group, Cruelty of Noynoy “Abnoy” Aquino and His Government.

The post has garnered 374 reactions, 134 comments, and 317 shares as of this writing. Comments to the post seemed to believe the story, with majority of the comments slamming Gutoc for her supposed threat. Rappler spotted the post via Crowdtangle, one of its channels for fact-checking.

This claim is false. 

The story in question is fake. The Inquirer did not publish a story with this headline, as clarified by the news organization in its April 14 article.

The screenshot posted in the Facebook group is instead a manipulated version of Lalu's April 12 story on Gutoc telling her critics that wearing a life vest wrong is better than having wrong principles.

The statement was in response to criticisms Gutoc received when she and her fellow Otso Diretso candidates stood beside a jetski at the Masinloc Fish port in Zambales to remind President Rodrigo Duterte of his promise to assert Philippine rights over the West Philippine Sea.

The senatorial candidate also slammed the story as fake on her Twitter account.

Read the full fact-check article on Rappler.com.



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