Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok posts circulating ahead of the Philippines’ polls on May 9 claim voters are required to present proof of Covid vaccination or a negative coronavirus test in order to vote. This is false: voters only need to wear a face mask to vote, according to the country’s elections agency Comelec. The video featured in the posts — watched over a million times — shows an erroneous news report aired on local broadcaster TV5 that was later corrected.
The claim was shared on Facebook on April 27, 2022.
The post features a two-minute video bearing the logo of Frontline Tonight, a newscast produced by local television broadcaster TV5.
The clip is overlaid with text that states: “NEW RULES ON VOTING IN THE 2022 ELECTIONS / NO FACE MASK NO FACE SHIELD NO VOTE / AND PRESENT YOUR VACCINATION CARD / DATE AIRING: JANUARY 27, 2022”.