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FALSE: Vilma Santos confirms 2022 presidential bid

FALSE: Vilma Santos confirms 2022 presidential bid
The Batangas congresswoman has declined the nomination for a national post by the 1Sambayan coalition
At a glance
  • Claim: Batangas 6th District Representative Vilma Santos has confirmed that she will run for the 2022 presidential election, according to a video uploaded on June 15.  
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: Santos was one of the six nominees of the 1Sambayan coalition for the position of president or vice president for the 2022 elections. However, she declined shortly after being nominated.
  • Why we fact-checked this: This claim appeared in a YouTube video and a blog post. As of writing, the video has been shared on Facebook by 10 different Facebook pages.
Complete details

YouTube channel “Vhin Celebrity Vlog” uploaded a video on June 15 that falsely says Batangas 6th District Representative Vilma Santos (married name Recto) has confirmed her presidential bid in the 2022 elections.

The video is titled, “GRABE! VILMA SANTOS TATAKBONG PRESIDENTE SA ELEKSYON 2022.” (This is too much! Vilma Santos is running for president in the 2022 election.)

The video’s thumbnail also included a photo of Santos and a statement below it that says, “Hindi nyo ako mapipigilan kahit anong mangyari lalaban ako.” (You can’t stop me. I will fight no matter what happens.)

Website “zozoha.xyz” embedded the false video in a blog post, which has been reposted 12 times by different Facebook pages, as of writing, based on data from social media monitoring tool CrowdTangle.

These pages are “Rodante Marcoleta,” “Rodante Marcoleta Supporters Live,” “Rodante Marcoleta live,” “Duterte News,” “BaIitang BaIita TV,” “Philippines Training Hot New,” “Duterte News Info TH,” “Duterte News Info Live,” “I Dol Francis leo Marcos,” and “Trending Ngayon TV.”

This is false.

Santos was one of the six nominees of 1Sambayan, an opposition coalition, for president or vice president for the 2022 elections. However, she declined the nomination on the same day 1Sambayan announced her name.

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Santos said in a post on her official Facebook page on June 12: “I sincerely thank 1SAMBAYAN for considering me. I have no plans for 2022. I am focused on assisting Lipa City in its vaccination program and in providing assistance to families who need it most. Furthermore, I have my legislative duties to attend to.”

In a text message to Rappler on June 12, Santos also said “there are others who are more qualified to be president and vice president.” (READ: Isko Moreno, Nancy Binay, Vilma Santos beg off from 1Sambayan nomination)

The other 1Sambayan nominees are Chel Diokno, Grace Poe, Leni Robredo, Antonio Trillanes IV and Eddie Villanueva. Diokno has been vague about what position he will seek, while Poe has said she has no plans for 2022. Robredo has yet to make up her mind if she will run for president, while Villanueva’s family said they were not ready to embark on a campaign like this. – Owenh Toledo/Rappler.com

Owenh Toledo is a graduate of Rappler’s fact-checking mentorship program. This fact check was reviewed by a member of Rappler’s research team and a senior editor. Learn more about Rappler’s fact-checking mentorship program here.

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