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A “screenshot” showing presidential bets Panfilo Lacson, Isko Moreno, Manny Pacquiao and Leni Robredo supposedly watching the livestream of Sonshine Media Network Inc.’s (SMNI) presidential debate after they declined to attend it is satire.

The image was first uploaded on Feb. 15 by user Tio Moreno to his Facebook page which has over 70,000 followers. It was then reposted a minute after to his Twitter account.

Clearly labeled “SATIRE” on Facebook, the caption reads:

The DUWAGS (cowards) are currently watching the SMNI debates in order to figure out how to do it soon.”

But believing it was true, the screenshot was shared by social media accounts that support presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who was among the four candidates present in the SMNI event.

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