No, this video does not show a former Philippine president being thrown into a creek
A widely-shared Facebook post includes a video that it claims shows the Philippines’ former president Benigno Aquino III being thrown off a capsizing boat and into a creek. A reverse image search found the man in the clip was actually an Indian politician, who then confirmed the details of the incident to AFP. Aquino’s spokeswoman said it was not him in the video.
The post, when translated to English, says: “Titanic 2018 version! Starring his ex president PINOY the abnormal! With Cabinet Members!
Aquino used to use the nickname PNoy, which is a contraction of president and his nickname Noynoy.
Below is the video:
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AFP sent the video from the Facebook post to Surendra Furtado, then mayor of Panaji in southern India, and he confirmed that it was him in the footage.
"I had gone for an inspection of a newly-introduced weeding machine,” he said.
“The vessel lost its balance and we took a tumble. Nobody was injured."
Abigail Valte, Aquino’s spokeswoman, told AFP that the video does not show the former president.
“That’s not him,” she said.
The post has been shared over 38,000 times mainly by Facebook accounts with combined followers of nearly 1,400,000.
Most of the pages support Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is a political rival of Aquino.