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A social card supposedly from eight foreign news organizations quoting a son of presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as saying he, his father and any Marcos running for public office would win in the May elections without campaigning is satire.

Sandro Marcos never said the statement. The card was doctored and a take-off from the graphic News 5 and One News posted Sept. 14 when the younger Marcos announced he was running for representative of Ilocos Norte’s first district.

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