A video of a concerned netizen alleging that the rice his family has been eating is fake and spreads like wild fire on social media.
To prove his point, Facebook user Rafael Furo Franco demonstrate in front of the video by replicating his shocking discovery.
In the video, Franco took a handful of cooked rice and started making a rice ball using his two hands.
While doing this, Franco stood in front of a working fan to hasten the hardening process of the rice ball.
When the rice ball was hard enough, Franco slammed the rice ball into the concrete floor. Not only once, but twice.
Note, the rice ball bounce off the concrete floor and produced a sound similar to that of plastic balls when it hit concrete floors.
According to him, his family has been eating the same rice for a week until he made this discovery.
The ‘fake’ rice was imported from Thailand based on the label provided in the packaging.
The video has alarmed social media, giving netizens reason to share the video to warn friends and family members about the fake rice.
Because of panic, Franco’s post has gathered more than 2 million views, more than 70K shares, more than 12,000 reactions and 8,8823 comments on Facebook.
Likewise, the video has sparked a heated debate among netizens on social media. Some are not convinced of Franco’s discovery and freely expressed their dissenting opinion, sometimes harsh by commenting in the thread while others are fully convinced that Franco is telling the truth.
Ken Llamado wrote: “In the first place, hindi mo masasaing ang plastic at magfoform into kanin. Pwede magpasikat pero wag manloloko.”
Romar-Agatha Santos Chico remarked: “Actually, ginawa ko din to.. And talagang ganyan ang nangyari.. I doubt na fake yung rice kasi once na binilog mo siya ng ganun, e mag sosolidify talaga siya.. At hindi rin naman bagong saing yung kanin na ginanyan ko it means mas tuyo na sya..”
Amoy pa lang naman pag inin na ang kanin alam mo na kung fake eh.. May point yung nagcomment dito na try mo gawing kape yung bigas, pag dumikit, dun mo palang masasabi na fake..
Sigourney Musca commented: “If it is plastic, maraming bagay na mangyayari. Una, kapag plastic yan, alam naman natin iba ang amoy kapag nainitan lalo pa kapag napakaluan ano na ang amou diba??? Pangalawa, kapag nakain mo ang plastic since it is harmful may sasakit sa katawan mo, una na dyan ang tiyan, pati ang ulo. One week na naconsume but they are still doing great and healthy. Pangatlo, ung rice binilog bilog at nacompress na maging semi solid. And since sticky siya magstick talaga sila and since mataas ang pinaghulugan eto ay magbobounce. Check Physics pp. Kapag, doubt sa kinakain na rice, dalhin sa pinakamlapit na laboratory para macheck.
Mahirap magsprrad ng wrong information. Maraming natatakot.”
Jayson Enerio Alo said: “Lahat po ng biags pag binilog ng ganito tatalbog po… 😂😂😂😂😂… Na compress e.. Hai nako tao talaga!!”
Netizen Noel Abarca even posted a screenshot of the video showing a mysterious assistant forming a rice ball in the background. Abarca told the uploader to make another demo video and eliminate any doubts of his allegation.
Netizen Jaeger Fetalvero agreed. “Can you make another video focusing continuously on the alleged fake rice? For a couple of seconds, the alleged fake rice was off cam. Just to eliminate doubts.”
Netizen Marie Antoinette Absuelo Padinit agreed with Noel Abarca. “Hahahh peke tong video. Pinalitan nya ng plastic ei. Look 1:23 nahulog ung plastic bilog na white.”
Ronel Santiago went out of his way to prove that Franco’s allegation is a hoax by replicating the experiment using an authentic rice.
So fake din pala ung rice namin? Wag maniwala agad sa video lang wala pa patunay na plastic nga ung rice dun sa nagViral na video. Di ko sinasabi na fake ung video pero wag muna ma – paranoid or maniwala agad sa napapanuod lang sa social media lalo na wala pa proof na plastic nga yon. Eto tingan ninyo almost 1 month na namin kinakain to local rice from nueva ecija, sigurado ako real rice to lalaki ba katawan ko kung plastic to? May 130 calories to men with 2.7g protein per 100g Ang lakas ng bato dyan ginamitan ko ng Tricep HINDI NAGHIWALAY! HINDI MAKAPIT SA KAMAY! AT HINDI NAWASAK ON THE FLOOR Basta wag muna maniwala hanggat wala pa patunay at always alert sa lahat ng binili natin especially sa pagkaen. Patay ako sa nanay ko sinayang ko lang ung 40g of rice namin pwee
Posted by Ronel Santiago on Thursday, June 15, 2017
Gibo Lafavilla castigated Franco. “This is fear mongering. Rice is naturally springy when cooked like this, additionally if the rice is enriched – the enrichment process would use a gluten base which would add a bit more springiness to it. The only way to actually test if it is actually fake is by burning the rice- if it burns like plastic then it is plastic.”
On one hand, here are the comments of netizens who believed Franco’s allegation.
Louise Arkhae Pereda Donor wrote: “Yunh totoo bigas kapag sinaing at binilog katulad ng ginwa nya. At inihagis, totoong nadudurog talaga. Pero ung kanya may haling plastic talaga. Makikita nmn sa impact ng pagkahagis nya.”
Biding Queng wrote: “Fake talaga…bakit hindi dumidikit habang binibilog….😡😡😡😡😡 bakit ang daming masasamang tao ngaun?:-((“
To end the speculation, Xen Santos offered a way to test if indeed the rice is fake or not. “Hndi po yan ang tamang paraan pra itest kung fake ang bigas. Gawin nyo po, ilagay sa foil yung bigas tpos isalang sa apoy. If natunaw yung bigas it means fake po yun.”
Franco responded to netizens who bashed him for spreading fake video and causing panic of the public.
“Hindi ko naman kayo pinipilit maniwala kung ayaw nyo maniwala wala naman ako magagawa ang sakin lang ma alarma ang mga mamamayang pilipino na may kumakalat na sa pilipinas na fake rice maraming salamat sa naka apreciate at maraming salamat na rin sa mga bushers sana wag mangyare sainyo ang nangyare sa familia ko isang linggo namin nakain yan bago ko nalaman lagi kaming sira ang tyan till now”
You may watch the video below.
Fake rice po panoorin nyo baka kayo naman ang mabiktima ingat kayo mga kababayan
Posted by Rafael Furo Franco on Thursday, June 15, 2017
And, what do you make of this?