Claim: President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. used his family’s wealth to fund government programs.
The video containing the claim showed several video clips of Marcos’ activities in Malacañang allegedly funded by the wealth of the Marcos family.
Why we fact-checked this: The YouTube video containing the claim has over 7,700 views as of writing.
Funds from GAA: The video did not explain how Marcos could have used his family’s wealth to fund government programs and activities.
The following activities of Marcos, which happened in Malacañang from January 23 to 26, 2023, are shown in the video:
- Sit-down interview with the media – held on January 23, 2023
- Meeting with key officials of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and Department of Transportation (DOTr) – held on January 24, 2023
- Meeting with the Department of Agriculture – held on January 24, 2023
- Meeting with the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) officials – held on January 24, 2023
- Donning of rank on Brigadier General Ramon Zagala of the Philippine Army – held January 25, 2023
- Meet and Greet with Barangay Health and Wellness Partylist – held on January 25, 2023
- Oath-taking of the newly promoted Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) officers – held on January 26, 2023
For these events, the Office of the President uses funds of the Office of the President provided under the General Appropriations Act (GAA). Other programs of government are also funded by appropriations that have to be approved by Congress for the fiscal year. No personal wealth of the President can be used to fund these programs.
Under the 2023 GAA, the Office of the President has a P151 million budget for close-in functions in Malacañang and a P264 million budget for managing special events and internal house affairs held in the Palace. – Lorenz Pasion/Rappler.com
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