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Crowd video not a Marcos-Duterte rally

A video of a company’s anniversary celebration has been manipulated and misrepresented as a campaign rally of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and his running mate Sara Duterte.

The 33-second clip posted by Tiktok user princemark699 on April 26 was edited to make it appear as if the crowd is singing with rapper Andrew E. toBagong Pilipinas,” the campaign song of the Marcos-Duterte tandem.

The post’s comes with the caption #solidBBM and text overlay of “SOLID BBM SARA.” The location is set at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

The original video was first uploaded by the same TikTok user on Jan. 22 including his personal photos from the event. It was originally with a song “Hall of Fame,” but was removed. The doctored video was cut to the crowd and now with the audio of “Bagong Pilipinas” and crowd chanting.

A web search showed a video similar to green wristbands and handwaves in the event. The celebration was during the 12th anniversary of the marketing company AIM Global at the Philippine Arena in 2018 with over 50,000 participants from different countries.

Marcos, Duterte and their senatorial slate held their proclamation rally at the Philippine Arena last Feb. 8, which only allowed 50% of the 55,000 seating capacity as Bulacan was under Alert Level 2 at the time.

Rappler has also fact-checked a post wherein Marcos Jr. supporters used another video of AIM Global and claimed 50,000 attendees in the proclamation rally of the Marcos Jr.-Duterte tandem. In a press release by Marcos, 25,000 seats were reserved, but the crowd estimate reached up to 30,000.

As of writing, the Tiktok video has gained 28,800 likes, 382 comments and 341 shares. (JL)


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