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A rainbow-colored lotus illustration is not the logo of a “sex toy company,” contrary to former broadcaster Jay Sonza’s Facebook post that insinuates presidential candidate Leni Robredo’s campaign team designed its new logo off this.

And the company Sonza was referring to does not sell adult toys but is a blog about adult toys.

Sonza made the erroneous claim on Tuesday a day after Robredo’s campaign manager Bam Aquino posted the new symbol of her campaign. It shows four petals in pink, blue, red and green, and in different shapes and sizes. An illustration of the sun from the Philippine flag is at the center.

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