CLAIM: Jessica Soho interviewed Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in 2016, wherein the latter was heckled by Liberal Party supporters

Philstar.com published a column by Alex Magno on Jan. 27, 2022, where the political science professor erroneously claimed that Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the only son and namesake of the late dictator, was heckled in an interview with Jessica Soho in 2016.

“No one remembered that when Marcos submitted to a Jessica Soho interview in 2016, the venue was filled with LP (Liberal Party) supporters who heckled his every answer,” Magno wrote, saying Bongbong’s decision to skip the Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews that aired on Jan. 22 could have been a tactical decision.

But Soho did not interview Bongbong in 2016. Magno’s claim was refuted by GMA Public Affairs in a statement released on Feb. 11. 

“Ms. Jessica Soho did not interview Bongbong Marcos in 2016. Ms. Soho’s last interview with Marcos Jr. was in 2011 for the newscast State of the Nation. In 2019, Ms. Soho was chosen to ask questions by virtue of drawlots to then senatorial candidate Imee Marcos during the GMA News and Public Affairs Senatorial Debate 2019. No heckling happened during this Debate,” the statement read.

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