Misleading

A memo bearing the header of the University of Cebu Lapu Lapu and Mandaue (UCLM) inviting students to attend a campaign gathering for Vice President Leni Robredo is authentic, but it does not require attendance of students.

Facebook page BBM Unite Filipino People posted the image of the memo on April 19 with the caption “University of Cebu students your attendance is a must,” falsely suggesting that student attendance is required.

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