A photo circulating on social media showing Vice President Leni Robredo together with Filipino troops during the 2017 Marawi siege is altered.
The original photo appeared in the article titled “Rising from the Ashes: Marawi after the Siege,” which was published by the Philippine Army on October 20, 2020.
The altered photo is shared on Facebook and Twitter by users and pages favoring the presidential bid of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. to poke fun at and apparently demean Robredo, who said in a presidential one-on-one interview with talk show host Boy Abunda that she has been working in Marawi since 2016.
Facebook page TrendingPh, among others, circulated the altered photo of Robredo and the soldiers with the caption:
“Did you know? In the difficult times of Marawi 2017, sya ang isa sa mga unang nagpakita?”
(In the difficult times of Marawi 2017, she was among the first to show up?)
On May 23, 2017, the Islamic State-inspired Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups seized Marawi. The urban warfare lasted for five months that left 847 Islamic militants and 163 soldiers and policemen killed, according to the Philippine Army.
Robredo visited the main battle zone in Marawi on November 16, 2017, a month after President Rodrigo Duterte declared the country’s only Islamic city liberated from the clutches of the terrorists.
The altered photo of Robredo and the Army troopers in Marawi generated at least 2,506 reactions, 121 comments and 425 shares as of Tuesday, 01 February 2022.
Robredo and Marcos are among the top presidential contenders in the May 9, 2022. She defeated him during the 2016 vice presidential race.
Marcos contested the result of the vice presidential contest but the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, unanimously dismissed his electoral protest on February 6, 2021.
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(This fact-check piece was produced with the support of Internews’ Philippine Fact-Checker Incubator Project.)