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Netizens fall for misleading vote count update

A screenshot of the 2016 vote count update appeared on election day as votes were being cast and drew comments that implies Vice President Leni Robredo is leading the presidential race.

The Facebook page of Joey de Leon posted the photo with the caption:

Kinabahan ka ba? Click mo to para sa live update: (Are you nervous? Click here for live updates.)

Facebook user Jhune Onered Dionisio commented:

Di panga (sic) Tapos yn botohan my lamang na simula na NG dayAan yn… (The voting hasn’t ended yet but there’s already a gap– cheating has started.)

Another Facebook user Dennis Gabinete said:

Hahaha, wala pang bilangan may bilang na? Gigil sa pandaraya. (Hahaha, vote counting hasn’t started but there’s already a vote count? Working hard in cheating.)

Facebook page Jose Manalo Jokes also posted the photo with the exact same caption. Both links provided redirects to an online shopping platform.

The photo was originally posted on the Facebook page of Vice President Leni Robredo in 2016.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said precinct voting closes at 7 p.m. and no official tally is released before that.

Acting COMELEC Spokesperson Atty. Rex Laudiangco said in an interview with ANC at 6:27 mark:

The closing of voting will be at 7pm. There will be procedures that will be implemented by the electoral board and included in this is the closing of the voting machines and afterwards we will be able to proceed with the counting. We will be able to print some of the electoral returns.

Both posts already accumulated over 1,700 reactions, 407 comments and 116 shares. (PA)


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