VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Video on sedition case vs. Robredo MISLEADS


Another TikTok video overlaid with an audio from a two-year-old report on a sedition case filed against Vice President Leni Robredo is circulating online, claiming she has pending cases.

This is misleading.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed this complaint in 2020 due to lack of probable cause. VERA Files Fact Check just last week debunked a similar claim that used the same news report.

The video used two audio snippets from a July 18, 2019 report of GMA News’ 24 Oras about sedition and other charges filed against Robredo and 37 others, mostly from the opposition, for alleged involvement in the production of a series of videos accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of links to the illegal drug trade.

Questioning Robredo’s qualification and moral integrity, the in-video text read: “Santa Mama, pinatungan ng patong-patong na kaso (Saint Mama was charged with several cases).” The following words were also flashed: Tapat (Honest) | Malinis (Clean)? | Wala kaso (No case)? | Most qualified? | Isip-isip… (Think first).

The video carried photos of Robredo being prayed over at the St. Peter the Apostle Church in Mulanay, Quezon on Nov. 20, 2021, and of her praying at the San Pablo Cathedral in San Pablo City, Laguna on Feb. 11, 2022.

The DOJ, on Feb. 10, 2020, cleared the vice president and other respondents of the charges of sedition, inciting to sedition, cyberlibel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice due to lack of probable cause.

The misleading video was uploaded by TikTok user lemosito.theexplorer on Feb. 12, two days after Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan gave his blessing to a lay group expressing support for Robredo. It garnered 118,100 reactions, 5,000 comments, 4,600 shares, and 1.3 million views.

Copies of the TikTok video were uploaded by Facebook (FB) page Ka Team Bbm-Sara Bicol 2022 (created on Nov. 5, 2021) and an FB user, drawing a total of 1,867 interactions.


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