Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison is not an adviser of presidential candidate and Vice President Leni Robredo, contrary to several news reports and posts circulating online.

“I have not been advising Leni Robredo although I think that she is a far more qualified candidate for president than Ferdinand (Marcos) Jr. who has no qualification but to campaign with too much money from the bureaucratic loot of the late unlamented fascist dictator, Ferdinand Sr.,” Sison said in a statement posted on his website on April 22, 2022.

“I have not been consulting with Barry Gutierrez, the spokesman of Robredo,” he added.

An article published on Journal News Online on April 21, 2022 claimed that the CPP founder admitted that he is an adviser of Robredo and Gutierrez.

It cited Ang Bayan, the CPP’s official publication, as the source of the information.

“This is obviously fake news concocted by Marcos in the hope of lending credibility to claims of ‘coalition’ between the Robredo camp and the CPP in the hope of consolidating the support of the anticommunist military and police officers for Marcos,” the party’s chief information officer Marco Valbuena said.

Robredo has likewise issued a denial.

“Hindi ko pa siya nakakausap kahit minsan, personal man o sa anumang paraan. Ilang ulit ko na ring inilinaw na hindi ako kailanman makikipag-ugnayan sa sinumang indibidwal o grupo na gumagamit ng dahas para isulong ang interes,” she said.

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