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As the presidential candidates in the Philippines hit the hustings for the three-month campaign, a video clip was viewed tens of thousands of times in posts that claim it shows a Philippine arena packed full of supporters for presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr and vice-presidential candidate Sara Duterte. Although the pair did attract a large crowd at a rally in early February to kick off their campaign, the video has been shared in a false context. The footage actually shows the inauguration of a church-owned arena that was attended by late president Benigno Aquino III in 2014.

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