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FALSE: Anna York Bondoc, Bay Tolentino are incumbent Pampanga officials

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FALSE: Anna York Bondoc, Bay Tolentino are incumbent Pampanga officials
The tarpaulins put up around 4th District towns in Pampanga fail to mention that the two are former government officials
At a glance
  • Claim: Several tarpaulins put up around 4th district towns in Pampanga claim that Dr. Anna York Bondoc is an incumbent congressperson of the region, and Bay Tolentino is an incumbent board member.
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: Bondoc was a three-term Pampanga 4th District representative from 2004 to 2013. Tolentino is also not an incumbent provincial board member. None of the tarpaulins indicated that Bondoc and Tolentino are both former government officials.
  • Why we fact-checked this: The tarpaulins are being used to promote different ongoing priority projects and programs in the 4th district of Pampanga such as in Apalit, Candaba, Macabebe, Masantol, San Simon, and Sto. Tomas.
Complete details

Several tarpaulins put up around 4th district towns in Pampanga falsely claim that Dr. Anna York Bondoc is an incumbent congressperson of the region, and Bay Tolentino is an incumbent board member.

These tarpaulins were also posted publicly on Facebook from October 2020 to September 2021. The posts show that the tarpaulins have been consistently used as project charters or signages for ongoing “priority” projects and programs in different towns of the 4th district of Pampanga.

Some of the projects and programs include rehabilitation of elementary schools; construction of multipurpose buildings, covered courts, and classrooms; releasing of educational financial assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development; and rehabilitation and improvement of roads.

The claim that Bondoc and Tolentino are incumbent Pampanga officials is false.

Bondoc and Tolentino are former government officials of Pampanga. Bondoc was a three-term Pampanga 4th District representative from the 13th to 15th Congress, from 2004 to 2013, while Tolentino was referred to as a former board member in a photo released by SunStar Pampanga in 2019.

None of the tarpaulins indicated that Bondoc and Tolentino are both former government officials.

Based on the list of elected provincial candidates by the Commission on Elections on the 2019 Central Luzon election results, the elected Pampanga 4th District Representative is Juan Pablo “Rimpy” Bondoc. Meanwhile, the official website of the Provincial Government of Pampanga lists Rolando “Pol” Balingit and Nelson Calara as the elected board members of the 4th District.

Rimpy and Balingit were both mentioned in the tarpaulins. – Joann Manabat/Rappler.com

Joann Manabat is an awardee of the Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship. This fact check was reviewed by a member of Rappler’s research team and a senior editor. Learn more about Rappler’s fact-checking mentorship program here.

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