Monday, August 10, 2015

China to donate 3 refurbished frigates to Philippines is a hoax report

An unconfirmed report once again published on the Manila Livewire last week, quoting unknown Chinese military defense official of an alleged plan of China to donate warships to PH for humanitarian purpose. The post had earned several violent reactions from Netizens after a shared copy was also published on social page named: Philippine Defense Forum.

Chinese frigates live firing drill on South China Sea.Source : Kawal Pinoy


Full text here:

3 Chinese Frigate to be Donated to the Philippines as a Sign of Friendship
“As a sign of friendship and goodwill to the Philippines, China also wants to follow other countries foot steps in giving its military excess defense articles like the patrol plane, from Japan and the Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) vessels from Australia, which is a military type cargo transport ship recently decommissioned by Australian navy including extra spare parts and generators to the Philippine Navy.
According to China’s top military official, “We are willing to give and donate also our ships, since the Philippine navy lacks military sea assets it is a right time and a good opportunity for them to grab and have this decades ago, 3 units of decommissioned Chinese frigates coming from our China’s Military Salvage Junk shipyard facility. Because we are not using it anymore.”
“If Australia and Japan can donate their assets, sure we can. China can also do that to our long time friend the Philippines.” Chinese defense official said.
“It can be refurbish and converted wisely as a search and rescue ships to be used during calamity and we can provide expertise and transfer of its technology to the Philippine government.” Defense official added.
Meanwhile, Senior Philippine military and defense official in Manila said “They had not heard in regards to the conceivable gift of the said warship coming from China. We’re going to verify first in our counterpart at the Department of Foreign Affairs. (DFA)”.
An AFP military official which does not want to identify said, “Probably that is only a foolish strategy of China pretending to be friendly.”[Manila Livewire]

ANALYSIS

First of all, examine thoroughly the article before you judge quickly. By our own investigation, we discovered this report as full of hearsay and not of facts. As usual, Manila Livewire allows this type of article to be posted online to bait reader’s attention.

Here are the reasons why it’s good as hoax:

- No official report about from China’s state news agency, CCTV or alike.
- Manila Livewire failed to give details on the specifications of the said equipment. Frigate is so generic!
- No links from reputable source. Failed to disclose official’s name.
- It was categorized as Humor only

FYI there was more ridiculous report published on Manila Livewire including this: “China will donate around 60 escalators and elevators in the Philippines”, after a brave mom accidentally swallowed alive by a mall elevator in Jingzhou city, Hubei? Shamed.

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