An image of actress-host Toni Gonzaga has been manipulated to show her in a red Bongbong Marcos-Sara Duterte T-shirt while holding up the signature Marcos ‘V’ hand sign.
Pro-Marcos former broadcaster Jay Sonza posted the altered image on Facebook last Dec. 11 with the caption:
Good morning Rizal & Laguna, Philippines.
The Queen of All Media
Ms. Celestine "TONI GONZAGA" Soriano
makes the V sign with full conviction!
Buong tapang at pagmamalaki (Full of courage and pride).
And look at the red shirt.
The markings & all.
It speaks volume!
A reverse image search traced the original photo to Gonzaga’s artist profile on Amazon.com’s Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Her bust was extracted from the original photo and placed onto another body.
Traces of Gonzaga’s hair, originally placed on her left shoulder, are visibly out of place in the altered image.
A stock photo from Dreamstime captured by Aaron Amat was used in place of Gonzaga’s body. It featured a teenage model in a plain red T-shirt flashing a victory sign. The exact placement of the Dreamstime watermark is present in the altered image.
Both Gonzaga and the model’s skin tone were modified to simulate a single body.
The T-shirt’s printed design, displaying the text “BBM SARA 2022,” was edited and lifted from an original product found in the online shop The Print Lab Store.
The altered image was also published on Sonza’s Twitter account with a similar caption.
Sonza’s post emerged a day after Gonzaga’s husband, director Paul Soriano, attended the Laguna province caravan in support of the Marcos-Duterte “Uniteam” last Dec. 10.
Marcos stood as a godparent at the wedding of Gonzaga and Soriano in June 2015.
Last Sept. 13, the presidential candidate guested in a Toni Talks episode titled “The Greatest Lesson Bongbong Marcos Learned from His Father” on Gonzaga’s YouTube channel. It sparked outrage among netizens, raising questions on Gonzaga’s neutrality. The controversial interview was later denounced by the Ateneo Martial Law Museum for contributing to the “Marcos family’s attempts to whitewash their human rights violations and its proven historical record.”
This is not the first time that Sonza has been fact-checked.
As of writing, Sonza’s Facebook post has garnered 18,790 interactions, 1,000 comments and 1,500 shares. His account has accumulated 296,349 followers since it was created in 2009.
Pro-Marcos Facebook pages SOLID BBM TAYO, United Cordillerans Supporting BBM, BBM Bicolano 2.0, BongBong News Updates, and BBM 2022 Volunteers have also shared copies of the altered image. These pages contain posts on presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos and have thousands of followers. (LKA)
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