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FALSE: Photo of a Hugpong ng Pagbabago rally drawing a massive crowd

Claim: The Facebook page No to Dilawan Movement posted a photo on March 12 of a supposed Hugpong ng Pagbabago rally gathering a massive crowd. 

The photo's caption reads: "Grabeh! Ganito karaming tao ang pumunta sa Hukbong [Hugpong] ng Pagbabago rally."

(Incredible! This is how many people went to the Hukbong [Hugpong] ng Pagbabago rally.)

The post has been ciculating since March 12 with 127 reactions, 55 comments, and 48 shares as of this writing. The page No to Dilawan Movement has so far only 975 likes and 9 posts since August 2018.

Readers e-mailed the post to Rappler for verification. 

Rating: FALSE

The facts: A quick reverse image search reveals that the photo is that of devotees of the Black Nazarene in a procession held in Manila on January 9, 2013.

CBCP News, the church's group news organization run by Catholic journalists, originally published the aerial shot showing hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and devotees.

BLACK NAZARENE PROCESSION. The photo is actually of the Nazarene's hundreds of thousands of devotees in January 2013

BLACK NAZARENE PROCESSION.

The photo is actually of the Nazarene's hundreds of thousands of devotees in January 2013

 

The CBCP's caption reads: "An aerial shot shows hundreds of thousands of barefoot pilgrims and devotees during this year's procession in honor of the Black Nazarene in Manila on January 9, 2013. The annual religious event centers on a 406-year-old black icon of a cross-bearing Jesus Christ, which many devotees believe cand eliver miracles." 

Rappler also reported the religious event 6 years ago. 

Meanwhile, Sara Duterte's political party has begun its campaign, with ralliies held around the provinces of Lucena, Quezon, and Daet, Camarines Norte on March 11 and 12, respectively. – Addie Pobre, with reports from Pia Ranada/ Rappler.com

Keep us aware of suspicious Facebook pages, groups, accounts, websites, articles, or photos in your network by contacting factcheck@rappler.com. Let us battle disinformation one Fact Check at a time.