Photos of UniTeam standardbearers Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio at a seemingly half-empty stadium have been used to imply a small crowd turnout at their Dec. 11 campaign rally Antipolo City despite photos and videos showing a bigger gathering.

Facebook user Mario D. Lopez published Dec. 12 three photos of the presidential tandem speaking at the Ynares Sports Center.

Lopez emphasized the loose crowd and insinuated this could be because “riders” the tandem and its supporters purportedly “hire” for their caravans were taking the day off. He presented no evidence to back up his claim.

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FactRakers is a Philippines-based fact-checking initiative of journalism majors at the University of the Philippines-Diliman working under the supervision of Associate Professor Yvonne T. Chua of the University of the Philippines’ Journalism Department. Associate Professor Ma. Diosa Labiste, also of the Journalism Department, serves as editorial consultant.

The name of the initiative, coined from the words “fact” and “raker,” is inspired by the term “muckrakers,” first used in the early 1900s by American president Theodore Roosevelt to express his annoyance at progressive, reform-minded journalists at the time.


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