Images of anchors from GMA News have been misused to show they were purportedly gloomy over the initial results of the May 9 presidential election showing Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the lead and delighted with the volunteer network Angat Buhay NGO his rival, Vice President Leni Robredo, will be launching in July.

The first image is a reposted image of news anchors Mel Tiangco, Jessica Soho and Vicky Morales’ May 10 interview with law professor Rowena Daroy-Morales about her insights on the elections. However, the caption falsely claims that their downcast expression was their reaction to Marcos’ lead in the initial election results.

The other image shows Tiangco, Morales and co-anchor Mike Enriquez in a May 13 broadcast laughing at showbiz reporter Iya Villania as she stuttered while saying her name. However, KafosoMo claims that the anchors’ joyous response to Villania was their reaction to Robredo’s announcement that Angat Buhay NGO will be established.

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