Marcos Fact Checks

FALSE: Bongbong Marcos back in Malacañang Palace

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FALSE: Bongbong Marcos back in Malacañang Palace
The clip showing Marcos inside the Palace is from a 2018 interview. His electoral protest was unanimously junked by the Supreme Court in February 2021.
At a glance:
  • Claim: Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr has returned to power in the Malacañang Palace.
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: The clip showing Marcos inside the Palace is old. Marcos’ electoral protest against Robredo has also been junked by the Supreme Court.
  • Why we fact-checked this: The claim came from a YouTube channel that had repeatedly spread false information. As of writing, the video containing the claim has over 439,000 views on YouTube.
Complete details:

YouTube channel “DDS NEWSINFO” falsely claimed in a video uploaded on Friday, April 9, that former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr has returned to power in the Malacañang Palace.

The video started with a short clip about Duterte’s message to Filipinos on Araw ng Kagitingan. It then cut to a clip of Marcos being interviewed by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and radio presenter Mare Yao inside the Palace. The words, “Marcos umopo (sic) nakabalik na sa Malacanang (Marcos has sat and has returned to Malacañang),” were visible at the bottom part of the video.

The Marcos family lived in the Palace when their patriarch, Ferdinand Marcos Sr, was president of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986.

The video’s title read: “BREAKING NEWS TODAY APRIL 9, 2021 PRES DUTERTE TINAWAGAN SI MARCOS PINAUPO SA MALACANANG LENI IYAK (President Duterte called Marcos to assume his seat in Malacañang, Leni [Robredo] cried).”

This is false.

The clip of Marcos being interviewed by Roque and Yao inside the Palace is not recent. It posted online in May 2018. It was from Yao’s program and DZMM TeleRadyo show, Konektodo. During this time, Marcos’ electoral protest versus Robredo was still ongoing. Marcos lost to Robredo by a slim margin in the 2016 elections.

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The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed Marcos’ electoral protest on February 16, 2021.

Further, Duterte’s message on Araw ng Kagitingan made no mention of Marcos.

The false video has 439,887 views as of writing, while the channel “DDS NEWSINFO” has at least 592,000 subscribers. The Rappler team spotted the claim via social media monitoring tool CrowdTangle.

Rappler has debunked several false claims made by “DDS NEWSINFO” in the past. – Pauline Macaraeg/Rappler.com

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