A fabricated quote card that had Sen. Cynthia Villar saying her family could afford to buy ABS-CBN because they “work hard” has been posted on several Facebook (FB) pages. It came out as an apparent jab at Vice President Leni Robredo.

The manipulated graphic was first published on Jan. 27 and included text which read: “Eh, ano ngayon kung bilhin namin ang ABS-CBN. May pera naman kami. Nag susumikap kami sa trabaho. Yung iba jan [sic], 18 hours daw, pero wala ka makita kahit isang eyebag. Ano siya Robot (So what if we buy ABS-CBN? We have the money. We work hard at our jobs. Some people, they say they work 18 hours, but we don’t even see an eye bag. Are they a Robot)?” It also bore the logos of ABS-CBN News.

Five days earlier, in an interview aired on Jan. 22, Robredo told broadcast journalist Jessica Soho that she works roughly 18 hours a day.

In an email to VERA Files Fact Check, ABS-CBN’s Integrated News and Current Affairs Division head Ging Reyes, disowned the graphic, branding it as “false.”

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