VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Altered photos NOT taken during Robredo support caravan

A collage of nine photos taken during a Bongbong Marcos caravan in Laguna was edited to make it look like a motorcade for Vice President and presidential aspirant Leni Robredo.

This fake post by Facebook (FB) page Leni Robredo Para Sa Bayan on Nov. 18, carried the caption: “Tara! Sama ka sa pagbabago! (Come! Join us for change).”

The photo was actually taken during a caravan organized two days before by supporters of the former senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., who is also running for president in the May 2022 elections.

The image was edited to make the vehicles look pink, Robredo’s campaign color, when the dominant color was actually red, a color identified with Marcos.

Here is an archived version of the original collage.

The photo collage was first posted on Twitter by a Marcos supporter. It was eventually taken down.

Marcos’ supporters have been organizing caravans across the country for the past weeks. One such event was falsely claimed to be the longest. (See VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Guinness World Records did NOT say pro-Marcos caravan the longest in PH).

The fake photo emerged two days after Robredo released a video urging people to exercise the virtue of radical love by forgiving and simply explaining rather than arguing with others with opposing political views.

She then added that this can be done the next day, which happened to be Wednesday, the day of the week supporters wear pink.

Miyerkules na ulit bukas. Pwede na nating gawin ito, habang suot ang pink na kulay na pinapangarap natin bukas,” she said. (It’s Wednesday again tomorrow. We can do this while wearing pink – the color we hope for tomorrow).

Leni Robredo Para Sa Bayan’s fake post has nearly 5000 reactions and over 600 shares.

The page was initially created on March 10, 2012, with the name E-Patrol. It was later changed to ANG BAYAN KO in 2016 before its current page name. The page has 95,320 followers.

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