A post on Facebook that beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) could not get their benefits or will be removed from the list if they will not vote the reelectionist governors and mayors in their areas is fake news.

The threat has been circulating in Mindanao provinces since last month, according to various Facebook accounts.

The 4Ps is the national government’s flagship conditional cash transfer program that aims to reduce poverty. It is implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

No politician can remove 4Ps beneficiaries from the list, the DSWD stressed.

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