VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Graphic with ‘party-lists’ endorsing Robredo MISLEADS


A tweet bearing a misleading graphic claims political parties Aksyon Demokratiko and PDP-Laban are “party-lists” that are endorsing Vice President Leni Robredo’s presidential bid.

Titled “The people backing Robredo presidency,” the graphic published on Twitter on April 26 enumerated several groups allegedly backing Robredo. Among the logos featured under “party-lists” were those of Aksyon Demokratiko and Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). It currently has over 1,000 tweets and over 4,800 likes.

This is misleading. Aksyon Demokratiko and the ruling PDP-Laban are political parties – not party-lists. And both are fielding other presidential candidates.

Aksyon Demokratiko’s bet is Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso. They have also debunked the misleading graphic in an April 30 statement and said they “are not supporting and will not support Leni Robredo.”

Patuloy ang aming misyon na ipanalo ang aming Party President at standard bearer na si Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso (We will continue our mission of helping our Party President and standard bearer Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso win),” the statement said.

PDP-Laban vice president for Visayas and Eastern Samar Gov. Ben Evardone endorsed Robredo’s candidacy on March 14.

However, Secretary-General Melvin Matibag denied the claim that the party has endorsed the vice president.

“That’s obviously not credible and simply erroneous as the PDP Laban Party already announced its official endorsement of the candidacy of Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte in an Official Party Resolution dated 21 March 2022,” Matibag told VERA Files Fact Check via Viber on May 3.

The misleading graphic was tweeted a day after Robredo canceled her appearance at Cebu gubernatorial bet Ace Durano’s local rally after Durano’s Partido Pilipino sa Pagbabago party endorsed Marcos Jr.’s candidacy. The post continued to circulate days before the May 9 elections.

Apart from the tweet, the graphic has also been re-uploaded on Facebook by two private accounts which have collectively garnered over 4,500 reactions and 3,000 shares as of writing.

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