CLAIM: By crossing out Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo’s name on the ballot, those who will vote for former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. can ensure that their votes for the late dictator’s son will be counted.


Twitter user @AnalynMuko posted on May 7 a printed flyer that maliciously instructs supporters of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to also cross out Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo’s on the ballot.

The instructions contain two steps: step one is to shade the oval beside Marcos’ name, and step two is to draw a line over Robredo’s name and the oval beside her name.

While the post is from a satirical account (the handle comes from the Filipino slang phrase for “have anal sex with me”), it’s patent disinformation that could affect the voting process; thus we rate it FALSE.

The automated vote-counting system reads as valid ballots with marks that cover at least about 25 percent of the oval for each candidate. 

Shading one candidate’s name and crossing out another’s may invalidate a vote.

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