- A photo of Senator Manny Pacquiao allegedly holding a shirt supporting Imee Marcos circulated online
- The shirt purportedly contained the phrase: “#46 Imee Marcos for Senator 2019”
- However, the claim of the post has been debunked by a French news agency
A photo of boxing icon-turned-politician Senator Manny Pacquiao circulated online for allegedly holding a shirt that showed support to Ilocos Norte governor and Senate candidate Imee Marcos.
However, KAMI learned that this claim was false and was debunked by Agence France-Presse (AFP), a French news agency.
According to the report of AFP, the Facebook post had a caption that read: “AYOS COACH MANNY... IMEE MARCOS VOTE FOR SENATOR #46.”
Check the post here.
AFP made a reverse image search and they found out that the photo in the viral post was edited.
The authentic photo of Pacquiao holding a shirt was posted on his official Instagram account on August 3, 2015.
Pacquiao said in his caption: “Basketball has touched the lives of every Filipino. Hosting FIBA 2019 World Cup would be a dream come true for our nation #puso2019 #FIBA"
In a report by Inquirer, Pacquiao commented about the controversial educational background of Marcos. He said that what matters is Marcos’ sincerity in helping the Filipinos.
“Basta alam yung problema ng ating bayan at alam kung paano tumulong sa pagbabago why not?” Pacquiao said.
“Ipakita lang nya yung sincerity nya, ‘yung tunay na damdamin nya para makatulong sa ating bayan, maintindihan naman ng taumbayan ‘yan,” he added.
The governor claimed that she graduated from the University of the Philippines and Princeton University. However, while it was proven that she studied there, no record showed that she earned a degree from both universities.
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