CLAIM: A circulating infographic claimed that Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal are placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions from May 15 to 31.

This infographic circulated online days after the elections on May 9 where millions of Filipinos went outdoors to vote for the country’s next leaders.

It also came amid the Department of Health’s recent detection of the BA.2.12.1 Omicron subvariant in Metro Manila and Palawan.

RATING: The circulating graphic is fake.


Palace announced that the region remains under COVID-19 Alert Level 1 from May 16 to May 31.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority shared this announcement on its social media pages on May 16.

In a previous post, MMDA also pointed out that the government is no longer using the community quarantine categories such as the enhanced community quarantine, modified enhanced community quarantine, and GCQ in its policies to contain COVID-19.

The Department of Health and GMA News also debunked the social media card as fake.

Why it matters

According to GMA News’ post, their digitally altered old graphic was being spread on social media and online chats by multiple “unscrupulous accounts.”

Based on the comments section, several Filipinos are still convinced that there is an impending lockdown to be imposed in the country even without basis; while others blamed the people attending campaign rallies during the campaign season.

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