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Presidential candidate Leni Robredo’s quote on “making stars kneel” has been taken out of context in a post that implies she will literally ask a person or a group of persons to kneel.

Facebook page “Bong bong Marcos tayo sa 2022” posted an 8-minute video with the clip of Robredo’s speech on May 9. The video’s thumbnail includes the text “BUKAS LULUHOD SILA (Tomorrow, they will kneel)” under a photo of Robredo. The title of the video and the caption of the post are “BUKAS MAY PALULUHURIN SI ROBREDO (Tomorrow, Robredo will make someone kneel)”

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