Fact check: Did Angara & Sotto endorse Otso Diretso for 2019 polls?

Fact check: Did Angara & Sotto endorse Otso Diretso for 2019 polls?

- Social media posts claimed that Sonny Angara and Tito Sotto endorsed Otso Diretso

- The photo showed that Angara was pointing at the no. 8 on Sotto’s shirt

- However, the claim had been debunked by a French news agency

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Multiple social media posts claimed that Senator Sonny Angara and Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III are now endorsing the opposition coalition, Otso Diretso.

However, KAMI learned that the claim had been debunked by a French news agency, Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The Facebook post had a caption that read: “Pasimpleng endorse sa #OtsoDiretso.”

The post was published on April 2 by a group supporting Presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio and a page called “Ang Bayan Ko.”

You may check the post here.

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However, when AFP did a reverse image search, they discovered that the photo was misleading. Angara posted the original version of the picture on his official Facebook page.

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It turned out that the number 8 Angara was pointing at was his ballot number and not the Otso Diretso.

Here is a sample ballot:

Fact check: Did Angara & Sotto endorse Otso Diretso for 2019 polls?

Screenshot by AFP
Source: Facebook

As reported by the Philippine News Agency (author Azer Parrocha), Angara was endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte for the upcoming mid-term elections. Meanwhile, Sotto has been supporting the administration’s drug war.

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