Claim: Actress Kris Aquino pretended to have autoimmune conditions to gain sympathy while Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ran for president in the 2022 national elections.
Why we fact-checked this: The video with the claim has over 1,000 reactions, 253 comments, and 39,400 views on YouTube, as of writing.
The bottom line: News reports by Rappler, Inquirer.net, ABS-CBN, and PhilStar.com published in 2018 said that Kris Aquino was first diagnosed with an autoimmune condition called Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria in 2018 – four years before the 2022 presidential elections.
Not a secret: After sharing with the public that she was diagnosed with Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria in 2018, Aquino also said that she was diagnosed with the following autoimmune conditions:
- According to a GMA News article published in 2021, Aquino made her autoimmune thyroiditis known to the public on January 6, 2021.
- Aquino said in an Instagram post on May 16, 2022, that she was diagnosed with “late stage 3 of Churg Strauss Syndrome” or Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) “end of April.”
New autoimmune conditions diagnosed: Ballsy Aquino, Kris’ sister, said in a Zoom event with New Zealand-based organization Banyuhay Aotearoa on August 20, 2022, that Kris was diagnosed with a fourth autoimmune condition.
Kris confirmed this in her latest Instagram post on September 7, 2022, and said that physical manifestations point to a possible fifth condition. The actress hasn’t disclosed the name of her newly diagnosed autoimmune condition. – Lorenz Pasion/Rappler.com
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