Another case of fake news.
Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo has denied that she would step down from her post if none of the opposition Liberal Party’s (LP) senatorial candidates she endorsed wins in this year’s elections.
“[This is] [n]ot true. Let’s continue fighting disinformation. Report peddlers of fake news,” Robredo said in a tweet today. Her post came with a screenshot of a Facebook post alleging that she would quit her job if no one from the LP’s slate Otso Diretso lands a Senate seat.
It was posted by Facebook user Danvier Jan Cabuga Cruz and shows a photo of Robredo with the fake quote: “If no one among the Otso Diretso will win the election, I will step down as vice president.”
“Is this real? I just bumped into an article. If this is real then please hurry,” Cruz wrote in his caption.
He did not link to the article mentioned but satire news website Adobo Chronicles published an article on May 7 with the title Robredo to step down as VP if none of the Otso Diretso Makes it to Magic 12?
Robredo tried to lift their supporters’ spirits after casting her vote in her hometown Naga City on Monday.
“Whatever the outcome of the elections is, I think we have won — we won in uniting many people who share the same beliefs in the things that are happening in our midst,” she said.
According to the latest partial and unofficial results from the Commission on Elections transparency server as of 11:27am today, the only Otso Diretso candidate who comes close to winning a Senate seat is Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino, who ran for re-election and is now at 14th place with 13,885,519 votes. However, only 12 Senate seats are available.
Most of the likely winners are allied with President Rodrigo Duterte.