A Youtube channel which has repeatedly been fact-checked for its inaccurate content claimed that the alleged hackers of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) servers planned to commit electoral fraud against presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

This is false. An investigation into the alleged hacking is still in progress.

Youtube channel Showbiz Fanaticz uploaded a video on Jan. 10 that bore this clickbait headline: “NAKAKAGUKAT: [sic] DATA BASE ng COMELEC NA HACKED NA| Mga PLANONG PANDARAYA Kay BONGBONG MARCOS BISTADO!! (Shocking: Comelec database hacked/Plans to commit voter fraud against Bongbong Marcos revealed!)”

The video featured a story published by the Manila Bulletin on Jan. 10 claiming that Comelec servers were breached by hackers two days prior and more than 60 gigabytes of data, which include sensitive voter information, were possibly compromised ahead of the 2022 general elections.

The poll body, in a Jan. 10 statement, questioned the veracity of the report and said it offered “scant substantiation for its assertions” and did not even provide information on how it proved there was a data breach.

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