VERA FILES FACT CHECK YEARENDER: Pangako o Pangarap? Marcos Jr.’s doublespeak

Political doublespeak: omission, diversion and confusion, characterized President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s first full year in office.

VERA Files fact checked 116 statements of public figures from Jan. 16 to Dec. 2, 2023, of which 21 came from Marcos. More than half of his claims lacked context, were flip-flops, or misleading.

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On doublespeak

  • William Lutz, Beyond Nineteen Eighty-Four: Doublespeak in a Post-Orwellian Age (1989), Accessed Dec. 12, 2023
  • Doris Minin-White, Political Speech, Doublespeak, And Critical-Thinking Skills In American Education (2017), Accessed Dec. 12, 2023
  • Alexander C. Walker, Martin Harry Turpin, Ethan A. Meyers, Jennifer A. Stolz, Jonathan A. Fugelsang, Derek J. Koehler, Controlling the narrative: Euphemistic language affects judgments of actions while avoiding perceptions of dishonesty (2021), Accessed Dec. 12, 2023

ABS-CBN News, Marcos on PH inflation: Rate of increase slowing, Jan. 6, 2023

Philippine Statistics Authority, Press Conference on December 2022 Inflation, Jan. 4, 2023

RTVMalacañang, Courtesy Call of US-ASEAN Business Council (Speech) 08/09/2023, Aug. 9, 2023

House of Representatives, FY 2024 Budget Briefings (Committee) DBCC: DBM, NEDA, DOF, BSP (Part 2), Aug. 10, 2023

RTVMalacañang, Kadiwa ng Pasko Caravan in Quezon City (Speech) 12/01/2022, Dec. 1, 2022

RTVMalacañang, MOA Signing: Establishment of KADIWA ng Pangulo in LGUs Nationwide (Speech) 07/17/2023, July 17, 2023

Wikimedia Commons, File:San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija rice fields, April 7, 2008

RTVMalacañang, Arrival Statement from Participation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland 01/21/2023, Jan. 21, 2023

RTVMalacañang, The 2023 State of the Nation Address, July 24, 2023

People’s Television Network, WATCH: President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. visits a COVID-19 vaccination site at Pasig City Sports Center | August 1, 2022 | By PTV | Facebook, Aug. 1, 2022

People’s Television Network, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. answers questions from the media, Nov. 24, 2023

RTVMalacañang, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. answers questions from the media…, Aug. 7, 2023

Center for Strategic and International Studies, A Conversation with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. of the Philippines, May 4, 2023

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(Guided by the code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, VERA Files tracks the false claims, flip-flops, misleading statements of public officials and figures, and debunks them with factual evidence. Find out more about this initiative and our methodology.)