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FALSE: Angel Locsin formally declared running for senator under LP

FALSE: Angel Locsin formally declared running for senator under LP
The actress has not made any official announcement as of September 2020
Claim:

Actress Angel Locsin formally announced she is running for senator under the Liberal Party in the next elections.

A video uploaded by YouTube channel Summit Media Philippines on Friday, September 25, contained this claim. Claim Check, Facebook’s monitoring tool, flagged the video for fact checkers to verify after it was reported at least 15 times for containing false information.

As of writing, the video had 4,819 views on YouTube. CrowdTangle data also showed that it had accumulated 13,423 engagements on Facebook.

Rating: FALSE
FALSE: Angel Locsin formally declared running for senator under LP
The facts:

The actress has not made any official announcement about running for the next senatorial elections.

In a tweet on her verified Twitter account on Monday, September 28, Locsin flagged the video as “false propaganda.”

The video was falsely titled, “ANGEL LOCSIN formal Ng Nagpahayag na tumakbo bilang Senador sa ilalim ng LP Coalition | Viral na to.” (Angel Locsin formally declares running as senator under LP coalition. This is going viral.) It did not cite a credible source, and no legitimate news organization published official news reports about Locsin’s supposed announcement.

In May, Locsin said she has no plans of running for public office.

YouTube channel Summit Media Philippines, which posted the video, is also not officially affiliated with digital lifestyle network Summit Media. The latter publishes a number of magazine brands including Cosmopolitan Philippines, Esquire Philippines, and PEP.ph.

Summit Media does not have a YouTube channel under the company name, but it runs several channels using the names of its brands. – Pauline Macaraeg/Rappler.com

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