As the raucous presidential election campaign season kicked off in the Philippines, social media posts claimed a rally for opposition hopeful Vice President Leni Robredo in February was the “biggest in the history of Philippine politics”. The posts included purported crowd estimates from local police and the Associated Press (AP) news agency. However, representatives for the Philippine police and AP separately told AFP they did not issue the crowd estimates indicated in the false posts. An official in the city where Robredo’s rally was held estimated it drew a maximum 18,000 attendees — fewer than previous election campaign rallies.
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