FACT CHECK Leni’s shirt says ‘Angat Buhay’ and not ‘Buhay Tanga’

A photo of presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo circulating on social media wearing a shirt with the slogan “BUHAY TANGA,” which literally means living a dumb life, was an altered image.

The original slogan of her shirt was “ANGAT BUHAY” (to uplift lives), the flagship anti-poverty program of the Office of the Vice President. She was wearing the shirt during a humanitarian mission on January 21, 2020 for evacuees displaced by the eruption of Taal Volcano. Watch the activity here: https://www.facebook.com/VPLeniRobredoPH/videos/634759323963419/

Here is the original photo:

Vice President Leni Robredo holds up the “Lugaw Leni” sign during her visit to Brgy. Bolbok, Tuy, Batangas on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Here, VP Leni herself served merienda for residents affected by the Taal Volcano’s unrest. The sign was placed by the staff at the lugaw and pandesal station, making light of one of the most overused troll comments against the Vice President. (Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP)

Various media outlets also covered the event.




A post last December 20 by Facebook user Sharon L. Landicho of the altered image has generated at least 2,920 likes, 1,000 comments and 6,971 shares. The image was also posted, among others, on Facebook pages TrendingPh and ABL, which have 53,247 followers and 9,500 members, respectively. (Bong S. Sarmiento / MindaNews)

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(This fact check piece was produced with the support of Internews’ Philippine Fact-Checker Incubator Project.)