At a glance
- Claim: Vice President Leni Robredo made a stupid statement that the majority of those working from home were working in their houses.
- Rating: FALSE
- The facts: The claim was first made in March 2020. More than a year later, the closest statement that Robredo said about individuals working from home was made in April 2021, where she said in Filipino that “since they are staying home anyway,” they should let workers who didn’t have WFH options to get vaccinated first. The page that first posted this claims to be a “satirical page,” but it frequently posts fabricated content that paints Robredo as dumb.
- Why we fact-checked this: Multiple readers emailed the claim to Rappler for fact-checking. The original post was uploaded on Facebook in March 2020 but has been reuploaded by several Facebook pages and users since October 2021.
A post originally uploaded on Facebook in March 2020 by Facebook page “Lugaw Chronicles” shows a photo of Vice President Leni Robredo with a fake quote attributed to her about Filipinos working from home.
The photo shows Robredo in a press briefing with a quote attributed to her, “Karamihan kasi sa mga Work From Home na yan ay nasa bahay lang.” (Most of those who work from home are usually just in their houses.)
The original post was uploaded on Facebook in March 2020 but has been reuploaded by several Facebook pages and users since October 2021, causing the photo to circulate again on Facebook. Multiple readers emailed the fake quote card to Rappler for verification.
Data from social media monitoring tool CrowdTangle show that the photo has been reuploaded on Facebook by the pages “Kram TV,” “Testa Gaming,” “Sara Duterte 2022,” “Bong bong Marcos tayo sa 2022,” “Manuel “Boy” Mejorada,” “Tiktok Vibes,” “Pinoypride,” “Hugot MoTo,” “Niloko Ka,” “Joker,” “Kape Tayo,” and “EZ MiL.”
This is false.
“Lugaw Chronicles,” the source of the fake quote card, claims to be a satirical page, but it frequently posts fabricated content that paints Robredo as dumb.
The closest statement that Robredo said about working from home individuals was made in April 2021 during DZXL 558’s program, BISErbisyong LENI Episode 205 – over a year after “Lugaw Chronicles” posted the fake quote.
She suggested that among Filipinos who were younger than 60 years old and with comorbidities, those who were working from home should not rush to get vaccinated, to allow those without WFH options to get the jabs first.
At the 35:13 mark of the radio program, Robredo said: “Iyong suggestion ko lang, Ka Ely, sana may subgroup pa iyon – sana iyong mga less than 60 na may comorbidity, unahin sana iyong walang capacity mag-work from home. Kasi iyong iba work-from-home naman, nasa bahay lang, tapos nakipag-unahan pa sa vaccine. Sana mauna at tulungang hanapin sila, kasi ang iba hindi naman marunong mag-register online, so dapat mas proactive iyong pagyaya.”
(My suggestion is that there should be a subgroup for those younger than 60 years old with comorbidity. Those who cannot work from home should be vaccinated first. Because there are some who work from home, who spend most of their time in their houses, but still rushed to get vaccinated. [Those who can’t work from home] should be prioritized because not everyone knows how to register online. That’s why we should be proactive in inviting them.)
A reverse image search shows that the photo was taken during Robredo’s acceptance of the drug czar post that President Rodrigo Duterte offered to her in 2019. In that press conference, she did not say anything about WFH individuals either. – Lorenz Dantes Pasion/Rappler.com
Lorenz Dantes Pasion is a Rappler intern. This fact check was reviewed by a member of Rappler’s research team and a senior editor. Learn more about Rappler’s internship program here.
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