ELECTIONS 2022: Partylist debunks ‘fake news’ on ballot shading

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Kabataan Partylist representative, Congress woman Sarah Elago, carrying a sign in Filipino that can be translated as
Kabataan Partylist representative, Congress woman Sarah Elago, carrying a sign "Libro hinde bala, edukasyon di giyera" during the protest at the Commission on Human RIghts ground in Quezon City. As the country commemorates the 48th year of the declaration of martial law by the late President Ferdinand Marcos in 1972. The groups urged the public to stay vigilant against threats to freedom and to continue the fight against any form of dictatorship. Quezon City, Philippines on September 21, 2020. (Photo by Mohd Sarajan/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Progressive Kabataan Partylist (KPL), one of the party lists running for the upcoming elections, has debunked claims that shading Sara Duterte as Vice-president on the ballot will also shade the party list, which is positioned at the back part of the ballot.

The youth representative party list said that it is impossible for the circles on the ballot to align based on the poll papers’ design and printing. This was confirmed by election lawyer and former Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chief of Staff Atty. Emil Marañon.

Pinatunayan din ito ng aming mga volunteer pollwatchers na nagbantay sa Final Testing and Sealing sa Makati at iba pang mga lugar,” KPL said in a statement.

(This has been confirmed by our volunteer poll watchers who observed the Final Testing and Sealing in Makati and other areas.)

The group further noted that the source of the screenshots could be intentionally spreading wrong information so they won’t vote for Kabataan Partylist.

Ang gumawa at nagpaikot ng screenshot na ito ay nagkakalat ng maling impormasyon para lokohin ang mga botante na sumusuporta sa oposisyon na huwag na piliin ang #95KABATAAN o di kaya huwag mag-shade nang maayos para di mabasa ang boto para sa Kabataan PL,” the statement read.

(People who made and spread this screenshot are maligning the voters who support the opposition either to not vote for #95KABATAAN or to not shade properly so their votes won’t be counted for Kabataan PL.)

Kabataan called on the public to mass report and takedown screenshots with fake information. They also called on the Comelec to release a statement about the issue as the screenshot was about the commission’s Final Testing and Sealing procedures.

Days before the elections, progressive groups launched a Black Friday Protest in front of the Comelec main office in Manila to resist the rigging of the upcoming elections.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom.

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