Fact check: No, this footbrige was not left unfinished by the Aquino administration

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Nov 28 2018 06:00 PM

A Facebook post claims to show a partially built footbridge in the Philippines that was not completed during the administration of Benigno Aquino III. An analysis of the photo used in the post, and a reverse image search, prove the bridge is in Thailand.

The post on November 5, 2018, says the bridge was a “failed project” of Aquino, who led the Philippines from 2010 to 2016.

Below is a screenshot of the post:

The post, when translated to English, says: “The Yellows are angry over a poorly built overpass in Kamuning. But they are silent when it comes to this failed project by the Aquino administration."

“The Yellows” is a term used by supporters of the current president, Rodrigo Duterte, who won the 2016 elections and succeeded Aquino. Duterte and Aquino are political opponents.

Kamuning is the site of an overpass that some people criticized as being unsafe because it was so steep. Here is an article on the Kamuning footbridge.

The image in the misleading post has features that show it comes from Thailand, not the Philippines. These include the Thai writing on the board behind the McDonald's sign.

A reverse image search confirms this, with a higher resolution version of the photo clearly seen in this 2016 report about an electric pole in Thailand.

The report said the pole was removed as it hampered the construction of a footbridge in the city of Nonthaburi.

Below is a video of broadcast organization Thai PBS World showing the removal of the electric pole, which was built through the footbridge:

 

The post has been shared by Facebook groups that support Duterte and his political allies, according to data from social media monitoring platform CrowdTangle.