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FALSE: Bongbong Marcos-Sara Duterte tandem for 2022 elections now official

FALSE: Bongbong Marcos-Sara Duterte tandem for 2022 elections now official
Neither Marcos nor Duterte has made any official announcement about being running mates in the 2022 Philippine elections as of Thursday, June 3
At a glance
  • Claim: The Bongbong Marcos-Sara Duterte tandem for the 2022 Philippine elections has been made official after Marcos visited Mayor Duterte, according to a YouTube video uploaded on Sunday, May 30.
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: Bongbong Marcos and Imee Marcos went to Davao to celebrate in advance Mayor Sara Duterte’s 43rd birthday. Both parties did not disclose anything about what they discussed during the meeting. 
  • Why we fact-checked this: The video containing the claim has over 205,000 views on YouTube, as of writing.
Complete details

A video uploaded on Sunday, May 30, by the YouTube channel “Showbiz Fanaticz” falsely claims that the Bongbong Marcos-Sara Duterte tandem for the 2022 Philippine elections is now official after the former senator and his sister, Senator Imee, visited the Davao City mayor for her birthday.

The video is titled: “JUST IN: TAMBALANG MARCOS-DUTERTE sa 2022 KASADO NA!| Bongbong Marcos at Sara Duterte NAGKAUSAP NA!!” (Marcos-Duterte tandem for 2022 now official! Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte are done with the talks!)

The video immediately went viral among political circles supporting the presidential daughter. It has 205,359 views on YouTube, as of writing. It was spotted via social media monitoring tool CrowdTangle.

This is false.

As of Thursday, June 3, neither party has confirmed the rumored political tandem for the 2022 elections. The Marcoses’ visit was for the advanced celebration of Duterte’s 43rd birthday. No other information was provided on what was discussed during the said meeting.

On May 30, Davao City Chief Information Officer Jefry Tupas posted on Facebook a message from Mayor Duterte, confirming the authenticity of the photo and thanking the Marcos siblings for the meeting.

Tupas’ post said: “Mayor Inday: I confirm the picture taken yesterday here in Davao City. I would like to thank Senator Imee and former Senator Bongbong Marcos for their birthday greetings and my husband for the lunch he hosted.”

No other details about the meeting were available.

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Several political groups supporting Marcos and Duterte have stirred rumors and false claims about the political plans of the two for the 2022 elections. These include a claim that the Davao City Mayor had declared her presidential candidacy and that President Rodrigo Duterte had endorsed Marcos for president.

Rappler has fact-checked the YouTube channel “Showbiz Fanaticz” several times. Here are some links to fact checks of its content:

– Lorenz Dantes Pasion/Rappler.com

Lorenz Dantes Pasion 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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