VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Story claiming Marcos speech contains “evidence” against Cory Aquino untrue

An April 16 story by about a speech by the late President Ferdinand Marcos supposedly containing evidence against former President Corazon Aquino is false and misleading.

The story, headlined “Viral: Marcos video containing evidence against Cory forcefully getting deleted by Liberal Party! Watch,” carries a blurry 8-minute video clip from Marcos’s 53-minute speech at a National Press Club luncheon in the United States on Sept. 17, 1982, where he explained how Martial Law came to be in the country. Marcos made no mention at all of Aquino or anything relating to her in the clip.

A commentary by a certain Dante Maravillas of Tarabangan Albay News Television was added to the last part of the video.

The story was posted on social media as Aquino’s son, former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, made the news again after senators recommended filing graft charges against him for his role in the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy.

The website was created in January. The biggest traffic generator: Facebook page Sara Duterte Solid Warriors. Along with the video originally posted on Youtube channel Tokhang TV, the story could have reached more than 225,000 people.

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