VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Video claiming Kris Aquino wants to apologize to Marcos is NOT TRUE

A video on Facebook (FB) falsely claims that multi-media personality Kris Aquino is asking President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos for forgiveness over the “sins” committed by her family against the latter’s family.

The video was published on June 12 and continued to circulate this week. It bore the headline: “Kris Aquino, humihingi Ng tawad (asking for forgiveness)…”

This claim is not true. The video’s narrator only said there was “speculation” that Aquino, now battling an autoimmune disease, “wanted Marcos to come visit her so she can personally apologize.” It offered no evidence to back up this claim.

Aquino has never posted a statement that she intends to apologize to Marcos on any of her official social media accounts. Moreover, most of her latest posts were updates regarding her health.

A cursory online search also showed that no legitimate news reports carried the unfounded allegation of the video.

Still, netizens in the comments believed the allegation to be correct and said Aquino’s “apology” might be a “trap” for Marcos. Some also said Aquino might be concocting a publicity stunt using the president to gain public sympathy.

The video with the false claim gained more traction this month as the film “Maid in Malacañang” premiered on July 29 amid controversy. The contentious film allegedly details the last 72 hours of the Marcos family in Malacañang during the peak of the EDSA Revolution.

An FB user published the video, receiving more than 9,900 reactions, 5,200 comments, 2,400 shares and 1.2 million views.

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