Presidential candidate Norberto Gonzales offered no proof when he claimed that mass support for presidential aspirant Leni Robredo in her campaign rallies was organized by communists.
He claimed this during an interview with The Manila Times on May 3.
Robredo has refuted forging an alliance with any communist group, as well as claims tying her to Communist Party of the Philippines founder Joma Sison. Similarly, Sison denied advising the presidential candidate.
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