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A Facebook (FB) video originally posted on Tiktok claimed that Vice President Leni Robredo led the 2016 vice presidential race after a brownout occurred during vote counting. Not true.

Posted on March 30 by FB page Dj_VINCEmusic.com (created on April 1, 2017) , the one-minute clip carried this in-video text: “Nagbrownout lang, biglang nanguna si Leni Robredo (After a brownout, Robredo suddenly got more votes).” Two readers asked VERA Files Fact Check to verify this claim.

There was no brownout at the command center of election watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) in Ermita, Manila where a transparency server of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) was counting votes, Arwin Serrano, board trustee of the PPCRV, said.

“No brownout or blackout, I was there at the command center. Mayroong mga brownout in some of the areas nationwide pero different time ‘yon.” Serrano told VERA Files Fact Check via phone call.

(There were brownouts in some areas nationwide but that happened at a different time.)

Asked where in the country the brownouts happened, Serrano said he does not remember. A 2016 Rappler article reported that brownouts occurred during election day in Davao, Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte, and Carmona, Cavite, but it was not specified what specific precincts or areas were affected.

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