A video viewed hundreds of thousands of times on social media purports to show a Filipino celebrity from Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo’s home region endorsing the presidential bid of Robredo’s rival Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. However, the video had been digitally doctored to add false references to Marcos Jr. The creators of the original video and the management team for the celebrity denounced the posts as a “hoax”.

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