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Marcos did not have the Philippines rejoin the UN during the 77th General Assembly

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Marcos did not have the Philippines rejoin the UN during the 77th General Assembly
The Philippines never withdrew from the United Nations so there is no need to rejoin the global organization

Claim: President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. succeeded in having the Philippines rejoin the United Nations (UN).

Rating: FALSE

Why we fact-checked this: The video making the claim has over 87,000 reactions, 3,800 comments, 12,000 views and 1,400,000 views, as of writing.

The video said: “Naging maganda ang indikasyon na naman sa pangulo ang pagiging tagumpay ng misyon niya sa kanyang pagdalo na maging kasapi muli ang Pilipinas sa United Nation (sic). Matapos maitala na tanging si Pangulong Marcos Sr. lang ang tanging pangulo na tila nag pagiging miyembro ng Pilipinas sa United Nation (sic).”

(It is another good indication for the President to succeed in his mission to have the Philippines rejoin the United Nations. It has been recorded that it was only during President Marcos Sr.’s time that the Philippines became a part of the United Nations.)

The bottom line: The Philippines is one of the 51 founding members of the United Nations in 1945 – two decades before Ferdinand E. Marcos took office. The country never withdrew from the United Nations so there was no need to rejoin. 

No withdrawal clause: There are no formal procedures to withdraw from the UN. Indonesia attempted to withdraw from the UN on January 7, 1965, to protest Malaysia’s membership in the Security Council. But during its supposed 18-month withdrawal from the UN, it continued to be treated like a member. It “rejoined” the UN on September 29, 1966. 

Threat to withdraw: On August 21, 2016, then-president Rodrigo Duterte threatened to leave the UN due to its alleged criticism of his drug war but Philippine officials had clarified at the time that this would not happen, especially as the Philippines is a founding member of the UN. – Pola Regalario/Rappler.com

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