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A photo of the Kuwait Towers illuminated in red and green has been shared more than 150,000 times in posts claiming it shows the landmark lit up with the campaign colors of Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Sara Duterte following their landslide victories in the 2022 Philippine elections. In fact, the photo has circulated online since 2016 and the agency that runs the towers said it showed them lit up to celebrate the United Arab Emirates’ national day.

“Kuwait celebration for BBM SARA VICTORY…Kuwait joins in celebrating the win of our newly elected President and Vice President,” reads a Tagalog-language Facebook post shared more than 6,500 times.

The post was shared on May 10, as Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr — the son of a late dictator and popularly known by his initials “BBM” — cemented a landslide victory in the Philippine presidential election.

His running mate Sara Duterte, the daughter of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, also secured an unassailable lead in the vice presidential race based on an initial count.

However, the photo was taken years before the 2022 Philippine presidential elections.

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