A viral video falsely claimed that the administration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will provide cash assistance to all Filipinos under a proposed stimulus bill. 

A user of Viber’s misinformation tip line asked VERA Files Fact Check to verify this claim.

The video was first posted by YouTube channel Melvs Castle on May 21. It appeared two days after Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin Romualdez, cousin of the president-elect, said a stimulus measure they will refer to as the “Bangon Bayan Muli” (BBM) bill shall be filed in the 19th Congress.

When interviewed, Romualdez did not say the proposed BBM bill (after Marcos Jr.’s moniker) and modeled after the Bayanihan 1 and 2 packages under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration will give financial aid to every Filipino. 

As reported by multiple news organizations, he only mentioned that the bill intends to “harness whatever remaining resources to stimulate the economy” and pass measures needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

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