VERA FILES FACT CHECK YEARENDER: Six most repeated lies creeping into public sphere in 2022

What happens when public officials, media outlets and online users keep repeating false statements?

VERA Files Fact Check looks back on the most repeated lies that circulated this year: from the investigation of the International Criminal Court on the Philippines’ war on drugs to the red-tagging of former vice president Leni Robredo to the Marcos family’s stolen wealth.

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VERA Files Fact Check, Database from Jan. 7, 2022 to Nov. 30, 2022

JM Lanuza, Personal communication (interview), Dec. 3, 2022

ABS-CBN News Channel Headstart, Headstart: PH Senatorial aspirant Salvador Panelo, April 7, 2022

DU30 MEDIA Network, Communist founder Joma Sison na Adviser ni VP Leni Robredo may inamin…, April 3, 2022

Jose Maria Sison YouTube channel, The Filipino People in Struggle, April 23, 2022

ABS-CBN News Channel, Robredo camp files cyber-libel complaint vs. People’s Journal, People’s Journal Tonight, May 6, 2022

ABS-CBN News, Why Chavit Singson is campaigning for Bongbong Marcos, Sara Duterte?, Feb. 18, 2022

World Health Organization, LIVE: Q&A COVID-19 boosters and latest science developments with Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Nov. 25, 2022

House of Representatives, 19th Congress 1st Regular Session #08, Aug. 15, 2022

Senate of the Philippines, Committee on Public Services (February 24, 2020), Feb. 24, 2020


(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.)