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FALSE: ABS-CBN reporter opposed Duterte’s candidacy during press conference

FALSE: ABS-CBN reporter opposed Duterte’s candidacy during press conference
The ABS-CBN reporter, Joyce Balancio, only asked President Rodrigo Duterte about his final decision to run for vice president in the 2022 elections
At a glance:
  • Claim: ABS-CBN reporter Joyce Balancio opposed President Rodrigo Duterte’s candidacy for the 2022 elections during a press conference.
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: Balancio only asked a question regarding Duterte’s final decision to run for vice president in the 2022 elections. 
  • Why we fact-checked this: The video with the claim has garnered 72,311 views, 1,600 likes, and 300 comments, as of writing.
Complete details:

A video uploaded on July 2 by the YouTube channel “Showbiz Fanaticz” falsely claimed that ABS-CBN reporter Joyce Balancio opposed the candidacy of President Rodrigo Duterte in the upcoming 2022 elections during a press conference. As of writing, the video has gained 72,311 views, 1,600 likes, and 300 comments.

The video is entitled, “JUST IN: ABSCBN Reporter JOYCE Balancio, MINURA ni PRRD, Matapos TUTULAN ang PAGTAKBO nito sa 2022!!” (Just in: ABS-CBN reporter Joyce Balancio was cursed by [President Rodrigo Roa Duterte] after opposing his candidacy for the 2022 elections!!)

It contained the following text: “ABSCBN Reporter JOYCE BALANCIO, LUMUBOG sa KAHIHIYAN ng SUBUKANG SIRAAN si Pres. Duterte sa USAPING PAGTAKBO nito sa PAGKA BISE PRESIDENTE sa 2022” (ABS-CBN reporter Joyce Balancio shrank with shame for trying to defame President Duterte in discussions pertaining to his being vice president in 2022.)

The claim is false.

The video with the claim contained an excerpt from the question and answer segment during Duterte’s press conference at the inauguration of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 East Extension Project on July 1. However, Balancio only asked Duterte about his final decision to run for vice president in the 2022 elections.

“I just like to ask, Sir, what’s the final decision, do you have a final decision whether or not you will run for vice president? Because some are saying medyo confusing daw po ‘yung recent remarks ninyo or alok sa inyo (Because some are saying that your recent remarks about the calls for you to run are quite confusing),” Balancio asked.

Duterte then responded by asking if the reporter was from ABS-CBN. Balancio affirmed that she is a reporter from the network, to which Duterte said, “So ABS-CBN is expecting me to lose because they will campaign against me?”

Balancio clarified her question and said, “No, Sir. Sir, I’m just following up a story regarding a possible vice presidency that you might seek since you’ve mentioned, some of, you know, your sentiments in your previous public speeches.”

The President said his bid for the vice presidency in the upcoming 2022 elections is for “political posturing.” (READ: Duterte says his VP bid for political leverage)

“Pang-ano lang ‘yon sa politika, leverage ang… You would know what is a lame duck. Kaya ikaw, hindi ka talaga papayag na maging shit ka rin, so nandito ka. Posturing ‘yan eh. Political posturing so that they would not treat you badly kasi paalis na ako eh,” Duterte said. 

(That’s just for politics, leverage. You would know what a lame duck is. So, you shouldn’t let them treat you like shit, that’s why you’re here. It’s posturing. Political posturing so that they would not treat you badly because I’m on my way out.) 

Rappler recently fact-checked a similar claim about Duterte’s plans for the 2022 elections. (READ: FALSE: Duterte confirms vice presidential candidacy in 2022 polls)

Rappler has debunked other false claims by YouTube channel “Showbiz Fanaticz.” Read about these claims below:

– Nicole Anne Perez/Rappler.com

Nicole Anne Perez is a Rappler intern. This fact check was reviewed by a member of Rappler’s research team and a senior editor. Learn more about Rappler’s internship program here.

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