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Vice President Leni Robredo did not file a protest at the Supreme Court against presumptive winner Ferdinand Marcos Jr., contrary to a circulating video falsely saying she did.

A YouTube video posted by PH Breaking News on May 19 falsely claimed that Robredo asked the high tribunal to block Marcos from assuming office.

On May 17, martial law survivors filed a petition at the high court seeking a temporary restraining order to stop Congress from canvassing the votes for the presidential races where Marcos is leading.

The petitioners, represented by lawyer Theodore Te, said Marcos’ candidacy should be canceled and declared void ab initio because he did not satisfy the election eligibility requirements due to his 1995 tax evasion case. Robredo is not among the petitioners. Robredo is also not involved in the disqualification cases against Marcos filed at the Comelec.

The caption of the YouTube video also falsely implied that President Rodrigo Duterte had told Robredo to let Marcos serve. Since the elections, no such statement has been made by Duterte based on the transcripts of his speeches on the Presidential Communications Operations Office website. No news organization has reported the quote.

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