Photos of President Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte together that circulated recently on social media are misleading.
They are old photos being spread on Facebook and Twitter as if taken lately.
Their photos sitting together were taken on 20 November 2018 during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping at Malacañang Palace in Manila.
Supporters of the Bong Go-Sara Duterte tandem who were circulating the photos are making it appear that they are joining hands for the 2022 elections.
Go is running for president under the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS) political party. Sara Duterte is seeking the vice presidency under Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) while President Duterte filed his Certificate of Candidacy for senator under the PDDS.
Sara Duterte and Lakas-CMD adopted Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. — and not Go — as their presidential candidate.
Marcos is the standard bearer of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, which had adopted Sara Duterte as the running mate of the late dictator’s son and namesake.
MindaNews fact-checking team: Bong S. Sarmiento and Rob Gumba
(This fact-check piece was produced with the support of Internews’ Philippine Fact-Checker Incubator Project.)