A recently banned TikTok account critical of Vice President Leni Robredo has erroneously claimed that her camp has been campaigning in violation of Commission on Elections rules.

Comelec does not consider individuals who filed their certificates of candidacy as candidates until the start of the campaign period. The campaign period for president, vice president, senator and party-list groups in next year’s election is from Feb. 8 to May 7.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez clarified in a Nov. 6 tweet that “election rules still don’t apply to would-be candidates.” He cited a 2009 decision of the Supreme Court that a person who files a candidacy is only considered a candidate during the campaign period.

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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.