Pulse Asia Research Director Ana Maria Tabunda never said Vice President Leni Robredo cannot win against Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the presidential race, contrary to what a social media card alleged.

The card, which was posted by Twitter user @Knightmare415 on Feb.18 without citing a source, reads:

Leni has a ceiling of 16%. She cannot beat Bongbong Marcos.

The fabricated quote was a take-off from Tabunda’s interview with television anchor Karen Davila in the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) program Headstart about Pulse Asia’s Jan. 19-24 survey for the May elections.

In the entire 17-minute video posted on ANC’s YouTube channel, Tabunda never mentioned that Robredo cannot beat Marcos. Instead, she even said that other candidates should “still try to strategize to improve their voter preferences.”

Tabunda did say, however, that Robredo’s voter base has a ceiling but did not provide an exact figure for this.

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