FALSE

The tabloid Pinoy Exposé wrongly claimed in an article on its website that Vice President Leni Robredo included Neri Colmenares, a candidate of the Makabayan coalition for the Senate, in her senatorial slate in exchange for the coalition’s endorsement of her presidential bid.

STATEMENT

In an article published on Feb. 4, Pinoy Exposé claimed that Robredo “entered into an ‘alliance’ with CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines) front groups” — citing without evidence the Makabayan bloc — to “boost her candidacy.”

It added:

“Makabayan has formally endorsed Robredo’s candidacy last January 28, 2022, with Robredo agreeing to accept Neri Colmenares, former Makabayan congressman and a perennial loser in the Senate race, as one of her candidates for the Senate.”

Source: Pinoy Exposé, Robredo Sets ‘One Condition’ In SMNI Presidential Debate: ‘No Usec. Badoy, Please’, Feb. 4, 2022 (archive)

FACT

While the Makabayan coalition has endorsed Robredo’s candidacy for president, it was not in exchange for including Colmenares in her lineup for the Senate.

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