Another erroneous online article claimed President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. wants returning senator Alan Peter Cayetano replaced, this time by Rep. Rodante Marcoleta. It is a false claim.

On June 17, an article on the alleged plan of Marcos to unseat Cayetano for being a “traitor” bore the spurious headline: “Papalitan na? Pres. Bongbong Marcos gustong ipalit si Cong. Marcoleta sa Dalawang hudas sa Senado (A replacement soon? Pres. Bongbong Marcos wants Rep. Marcoleta in place of two traitors in the Senate)”

Embedded in the article is a YouTube video with a similar false title that read: “JUST IN: HALA! PresMARCOS IPALIT si MARCOLETA sa SENADO CAYETANO TINULD0 KAN NA! (Oh, no! President Marcos to place Marcoleta in the Senate; Cayetano, finished!) ROBIN PRRD VPSARA”

The video’s supposed proof is seen three minutes into the report but only showed ‘suggestions’ from netizens to remove Cayetano as senator after criticizing Marcos, followed by unrelated audio of Marcoleta’s opinion on the lack of transparency in the Senate.

Marcos has made no official statement or speech, nor is there any document outlining a supposed plan to dismiss Cayetano from office. Neither have any legitimate news organizations reported that Marcoleta will take the place of the Taguig-Pateros congressman.

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