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Editor’s Note: Following the publication of this fact check, the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) issued a statement on November 18 confirming the claim and providing photos which were not on the INEC website and Facebook page at the time of writing. Given the new information, we are withdrawing the fact check and lifting the false rating. In a statement posted on its Facebook page, INEC also said: “INEC unequivocally asserts that Senator Imee Marcos, acting as the Governor of the Province of Ilocos Norte at that time, issued clear instructions for INEC teams to provide essential aid and expertise in the restoration of electricity in Tacloban City.”
Claim: As governor of Ilocos Norte in 2013, Imee Marcos sent the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) to restore electricity to Leyte after the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Why we fact-checked this: The claim was made in a Facebook post on November 10 by online influencer and director Darryl Yap, a known supporter of the Marcoses. The post has 4,900 reactions, 220 shares, and 340 comments as of writing.
Yap said: “Senator Imee R. Marcos dinala ang Ilocos Norte Electric Coop para magrestore ng kuriyente sa Leyte. (Governor pa lang siya noon ng Ilocos Norte)”
(Senator Imee R. Marcos brought the Ilocos Norte Electric Coop to restore electricity in Leyte. She was only governor of Ilocos Norte then.)
The post coincided with the 10th anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda’s landfall on November 8, 2013.
The facts: The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), in coordination with the Department of Energy and the National Electrification Administration, worked to restore power to the islands of Leyte and Samar following the typhoon’s onslaught.
No reports indicate that the INEC, which services the whole of Ilocos Norte according to its website, was brought in on behalf of Marcos for power restoration efforts in Leyte.
Marcos family contributions: In the wake of Yolanda, then-senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and his cousin, then-Leyte representative Martin Romualdez, launched a relief effort called HelpLeytePH. Meanwhile, Imee announced that the provincial government of Ilocos Norte government will donate P1 million to Leyte, her mother’s home province.
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– Kyle Marcelino/Rappler.com
Kyle Marcelino is a graduate of Rappler’s fact-checking mentorship program. 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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