VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Duterte 'jokes' about abolishing CHR, meddling with Ombudsman probes

In a press conference after his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24, President Rodrigo Duterte had hostile words against the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Office of the Ombudsman.

One week later, he said he was just joking. Watch a video of this flip-flop.


Post-SONA press conference of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, Quezon City, July 24, 2017, watch from 11:45 to 13:43

Speech of Pres. Duterte, Bureau of Internal Revenue 113th Founding Anniversary, Quezon City, August 2, 2017, watch from 31:12 to 32:10

Interview with Pres. Duterte, Malacanang Palace, August 23, 2016, watch from 06:54 to 07:04

On the Ombudsman’s latest remarks, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), July 29, 2017

1987 Philippine Constitution

(Guided by the code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, VERA Files tracks the false claims, flip-flops, misleading statements of public officials and figures, and debunks them with factual evidence. Find out more about this initiative.)


VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Duterte says he never ordered the police to kill anyone, backpedals less than a minute later

Duterte: "I never said, 'I will order the police to kill you.'"

VERA FILES YEARENDER: In his own words: Telling the truth, Duterte-style

The president has failed to follow his own advice, making false claims, flip-flops and misleading…

​VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Duterte’s recollection of own SONA inaccurate

President Rodrigo Duterte claims he never talked about himself as president in his State of the…

About Vera Files

Founded in March 2008, VERA Files is published by veteran Filipino journalists taking a deeper look into current Philippine issues. Vera is Latin for “true.”

Follow us