Sen. Imee Marcos, older sister of president-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., claimed that no child went hungry during the 20-year regime of her late father, Ferdinand Marcos Sr., because of Nutribun.

Marcos’ statement is false.


During a thanksgiving event for residents of Brgy. Buhangin, Davao City, on June 5, the senator said:

“Walang nagugutom na bata noon kay Nutribun ang sagana. Hindi mo pa maubos. At saka kakainin mo, andyan parang semento sa tiyan; may kasama pang tagaktak ng Klim (na) gatas. Ang mga lolas and mommies talagang fully charged hanggang ngayon dahil powered by Nutribun.”

(No child went hungry then because there was an abundance of Nutribun. You can’t even finish it. And when you eat it, it’s like cement in your tummy; there’s also a bit of Klim milk. The grandmothers and mommies are still fully charged up to now because they’re powered by Nutribun.)

Source: Edna Gatchalian Encena, Facebook video, Jun. 6, 2022, watch from 8:18 to 8:49


The Department of Health’s 1976 Operation Timbang found that 5.8% of Filipino children suffered from protein-energy malnutrition six years after Nutribun was first distributed. Protein-energy malnutrition means children did not receive enough of this essential nutrient and lacked the energy needed for them to sustain physiological functions.

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