Contrary to the claim of senatorial aspirant and lawyer Larry Gadon that children around 10 years old are immune to COVID-19, the Department of Health has reported over 90,759 cases among children ages 10 to 14 years as of Nov. 27.

Gadon made the claim on Nov. 11 at a Quezon City press conference in which he said in-person classes should resume by 2022 since the country is approaching herd immunity.

Gadon, a senatorial candidate of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan founded by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, has made dubious claims regarding COVID-19 in the past.

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FactRakers is a Philippines-based fact-checking initiative of journalism majors at the University of the Philippines-Diliman working under the supervision of Associate Professor Yvonne T. Chua of the University of the Philippines’ Journalism Department. Associate Professor Ma. Diosa Labiste, also of the Journalism Department, serves as editorial consultant.

The name of the initiative, coined from the words “fact” and “raker,” is inspired by the term “muckrakers,” first used in the early 1900s by American president Theodore Roosevelt to express his annoyance at progressive, reform-minded journalists at the time.