SG, the Pope; who else has denied endorsing Duterte?

SG, the Pope; who else has denied endorsing Duterte?

The Singapore government is the latest to belie claims of endorsing the candidacy of presidential bet Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

In a statement posted on Facebook on Thursday, April 21, the Singapore Embassy in Manila said that the "FB post mischievously alleging that the Prime Minister of Singapore endorses a presidential candidate" is "untrue."

The embassy clarified it is not in any way getting involved in the Philippine elections.

"The choice is for Filipinos alone to make. We wish the Philippines well in the conduct of its elections," added the embassy.

This comes after photos of the prime minister circulated online with the caption "Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is the only presidential candidate that could make Philippines like Singapore."

The Singapore government is the latest to deny viral memes claiming to endorse Duterte.

Last month, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) refuted a viral photo of Pope Francis that claimed the pontiff said he admires Duterte's honesty.

"May we inform the public that the statement from the Pope is not true. It came from a satire piece and is fake," said the CBCP in its statement.

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Earlier this week, Ogie Diaz, manager of Liza Soberano, clarified that the actress is not endorsing Duterte or any of the presidential candidates after a photo of Soberano was used for a viral meme.

In the meme, Soberano's name and photo appears with the text "I'm a Filipino and my President is Duterte."

A similar photo was also belied by actress Andi Eigenmann.

 

Even fastfood chain Jollibee had to issue a statement denying their endorsement of Duterte.

A viral photo claimed that Jollibee's founder Tony Tan Caktiong is endorsing Duterte. Another viral photo showed the Jollibee mascot pointing at a Duterte ad in one of its store.

The Davao strongman has been leading surveys for the May 9 elections.

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