ALTERED PHOTO: 'Philippine Star' announces Sara Duterte's candidacy for 2022 elections

At a glance:
  • Claim: The Philippine Star ran a front-page headline that announced Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte's candidacy for the 2022 national elections.
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: The Philippine Star cover page is from February 24, 2018. The original headline of that issue reads, "Speaker Sara in 2019?"
  • Why we rated this: This claim was emailed to Rappler for verification. The post has 538 reactions, 123 comments, and 73 shares as of writing.
Complete details:

Facebook user Lovell Paras Canceran posted a photo on Wednesday, February 24, of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte reading a copy of The Philippine Star. The issue's headline was allegedly "Sara in 2022."

The photo also includes in its caption the hashtag #RunSaraRun, the same line used by supporters who wish for her to seek office in the upcoming national elections.

This claim was emailed to Rappler for verification. The post has 538 reactions, 123 comments, and 73 shares as of writing.

This is an altered photo. A Google reverse image search shows that the original photo contains the headline, "Speaker Sara in 2019?"

The Philippine Star posts a daily photo of its cover page on its website. Based on the other text in the photo, the cover is from the February 24, 2018 issue, in which the headline discussed the possible government positions Duterte would run for during the 2019 midterm elections.

Duterte has not expressed interest in running for president in 2022. She reportedly said she would prefer to run in 2034 instead. Her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, has also said that Sara would not run in 2022. – Dylan Salcedo/Rappler.com

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