Several Facebook (FB) pages published a fake quote card that shows Vice President Leni Robredo proposing to widen water pipes to address water shortage problems.

The full fabricated quote, which has been circulating as early as 2019, read: “Kulang tayo sa tubig. Ang tubig kasi dumadaloy yan sa mga tubo papunta sa mga kabahayan, maaring yung size ng tubo ang dahilan. Makakatulong siguro sa supply ng tubig ay yung lakihan natin yung mga tubo o gripo sa mga bahay. Imbis na ½ inch ang liit ng tubo, gawin nating 12 inches ang luwang ang laki. diba para mas maraming tubig ang dumaloy.”

(We don’t have enough water. Water flows through pipes going to homes. Maybe the pipe size is the cause. Perhaps widening pipes or faucets in houses can help with the water supply. Instead of a ½ inch pipe, let’s make the width 12 inches. Isn’t that right, so that more water will flow.)

The image used in the fake graphic was a screenshot taken from Robredo’s 2018 Christmas message to the public published on her official FB page.

Robredo made no such remark. There are no news reports of the vice president making this proposal, and neither is the statement available on any of Robredo’s official social media accounts.

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