Supporters of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. have misused a 2009 photo of actress Kris Aquino flashing the V hand sign to falsely depict that she is now pro-Marcos.
Marcos continues to use the V sign that his late father, the dictator Ferdinand Sr., had used in the 1986 snap presidential election. The election was marred by widespread fraud and culminated in the dictator's ouster and swept Aquino’s late mother, Corazon, to the presidency.
Netizen Gee Gab posted Dec. 10 the misleading item in the Facebook group SBPWM ZAMBOANGA CITY, claiming that Aquino has shifted her support from Vice President and presidential bet Leni Robredo and her runningmate, Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, to Marcos:
PATI SI KRIS AQUINO BUMA BALIMBING NA KINA LENI AT KIKO (Even Kris Aquino turns her coat, away from Leni and Kiko)!
The post also said Aquino's aboutface was due to the massive support it said Marcos and his vice presidential bet, Davao City Sara Duterte-Carpio, have been getting.
Aquino has expressed support for Robredo, joining the vice president on Dec. 22 in delivering aid to victims of typhoon “Odette” in Negros Occidental.
Another netizen shared the same misleading photo and claim in a Dec. 21 post with the status update:
Breaking: kris aquino bbm na (Breaking: Kris Aquino now BBM)
BBM is short for Bongbong Marcos.
The old photo of Aquino that was misappropriated was published Sept. 6, 2009 in an ABS-CBN News article titled “Ping Lacson apologizes to Kris.”
In the article, Aquino said Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson had apologized to her through his then daughter-in-law, actress Jodi Sta. Maria, for telling her a day earlier to lay off her brother and then president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s love life.
As of Dec. 27, Gee Gab and Joe Kher’s Facebook posts have 121 reactions, 62 shares and 59 comments.
ABS-CBN News. (2009, September 6). Ping Lacson apologizes to Kris. https://news.abs-cbn.com/entertainment/09/06/09/%E2%80%98ping-lacson-apologizes-kris%E2%80%99
Gee, G. (2021, December 10) Pati si Kris Aquino buma balimbing na kina Leni at Kiko! [Image attached]. Facebook. https://archive.md/nYjN4
Kher, J. (2021, December 21) Breaking: Kris Aquino BBM na. [Image attached]. Facebook. https://archive.md/yzv3B