Voting for certain partylist groups cannot triple a vote for presidential aspirant Leni Robredo, contrary to a false claim on a Facebook page with a large following.

In a May 9 post on Facebook page “BEST Friends community”, Facebook user Khun Young falsely claimed that votes for 22 party-list groups in particular will automatically result in three times more votes for Robredo even if the votes are cast for her rival, Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

The post wrongly included in the list 13 progressive organizations and political parties that are not partylists in this year’s polls. These are Anakbayan, Anakpawis, Piston, Kadamay, Katribu, Migrante, League of Filipino Students, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Pasaka, Partido Manggagawa, Aksyon Health, Karapatan and Alyansa ng Maralitang Pilipino. The post also wrongly spelled the Magsasaka partylist as “Magasaka.”

Voters can only select one candidate for president and one party-list group. A partylist vote has no bearing on one’s presidential vote since the vote counting machines only consider votes shaded under each position.

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