With the Philippine presidential race in full swing, a video surfaced in Facebook and TikTok posts viewed more than one million times that claimed it showed an official ballot paper “leaked” by the election commission Comelec. However, a spokesman for the watchdog said the video showed a sample ballot. The document was missing various features of the official ballot design for the May elections.

“Be alert. Let’s not shade any ballot before election day. Why is there a leaked ballot paper from Comelec?” reads a Tagalog-language Facebook post from March 29.

The two-minute video, viewed more than 580,000 times, shows a close-up of a ballot paper, with two women talking in the background.

However, the claim is false.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez referred AFP to a tweet from March 30 in which he said the video did not show an official ballot paper.

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