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A fake page says Toyota Innovas are now banned in Santa Maria, Bulacan

Good thing the official page of the municipality has denounced the fake news

This is the cover photo of the fake Facebook page. PHOTO FROM MUNICIPALITY OF SANTA MARIA, BULACAN

As if you are still clueless, this country is full of scammers and fake-news creators. And if you are not careful, you could fall into the trap.

Today, a Facebook page that calls itself “Municipality of Santa Maria, Bulacan” shared an amusing “announcement” about the Toyota Innova now being banned from the place. That’s because, according to the post, the popular vehicle has been involved in so many accidents.

Read the announcement:


If you owned an Innova and you lived in the area, you would naturally be frantic with worry. The post, after all, appeared legit.

Well, turns out the page isn’t. The official page of “Municipality of Santa Maria” responded with a disavowal:

HINDI PO TOTOO ang naka-post sa naturang page tungkol sa pagbabawal sa mga Toyota Innova units sa Bayan ng Santa Maria. Wala din pong ordinansa na ginawa na kaugnay dito.

PAKI-REPORT po natin ang fake page na ito na nagkakalat ng maling impormasyon na nakakapagdulot ng kalituhan sa ating mga kababayan.

Kinokondena po natin ang mga ganitong uri ng panlilinlang. Asahan po ninyong ipapa-trace natin ang tao na nasa likod ng naturang fake page.

Huwag po tayo maniniwala sa mga fake news. Tanging ang page na ito lamang po ang official facebook page ng Lokal na Pamahalaan ng Santa Maria.

Maraming salamat po at palagi po tayong mag-ingat sa mga ganitong uri ng panloloko.

Aren’t you amused with this country’s social media? POST BY MUNICIPALITY OF SANTA MARIA

Whew! Innova owners in Bulacan must have heaved a sigh of relief upon being reassured that local officials in their province still have the screws in their heads tightly screwed. Back to regular programming, we suppose.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.