FALSE: Photo of jailed senator asking Supreme Court to allow visits of her ex-lover
Claim: An image shared hundreds of times on Facebook purports to show jailed Philippine senator Leila de Lima holding a petition asking the Supreme Court to allow her ex-lover to visit her.
De Lima is in jail awaiting trial on charges she ran a drug ring in the country’s largest prison when she was justice secretary. Here is an AFP report from after her arrest in February 2017 and here is a recent article in major newspaper Inquirer about her ongoing detention.
The papers in her hands have the words “Republic of the Philippines, Supreme Court Manila” in the upper-right corner and give her name as the petitioner.
The document also purports to say: “To allow Mr. Ronnie Dayan to visit me even once a week.” Dayan is De Lima’s former lover and driver and she has spoken about their relationship to Philippine media. Here is an ABS-CBN report about the pair.
Below is a screenshot of one of the misleading posts:
The post’s caption, translated to English, says in capital letters: “Just like a plant, De Lima also gets dried up and also needs to be watered. Uggghhh!"
The facts: The picture is a doctored version of an original AFP photo showing De Lima filing a petition against President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016.
De Lima is a high-profile critic of Duterte and her arrest has drawn accusations from rights groups that the case is politically motivated, such as Amnesty International here.
A Google reverse image search traced the image of De Lima to a photo published by AFP on November 7, 2016.
Below is a screenshot of the photo on the AFP image site here:
The photo was taken as De Lima asked the Supreme Court to stop Duterte from securing private information about her in order to attack her. Here is a Senate press release on her petition.
Both the altered and the original photos contain these key details: De Lima wearing a black scarf, a pearl ring on her left hand and a video camera at the background.
The image below compares a screenshot of the misleading Facebook post (L) and the AFP photo (R):
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