HOAX: Was typist faster than Mar Roxas?
Hoaxes run rife on the internet, and the final leg of the "PiliPinas 2016: The Presidential Townhall Debate" was not spared.
One video clip made rounds early Monday morning that allegedly shows TV graphics being shown faster than the answers of administration candidate Mar Roxas.
The clip, which was uploaded online by a certain "Nylede Flores," was spread on Facebook by the supporters of other candidates.
A check of the full transcript and the unedited video of the debate, however, debunks the clip.
The full video reveals that when the phrase "Binangga ko ang mga malalaking interes" was shown on TV, it was already the second time that Roxas said it during the segment.
Roxas: "Alam mo, Karen, sa kasaysayan ko, binangga ko mga malalaking interes. Pharmaceutical industry... [Crowd cheering] ...cheaper medicine law, banking industry at insurance industry, yung pre-need law natin. So sa aking karanasan, binabangga ko ang mga malalaking interes kung ito ay para sa kapakanan ng ordinaryong Pilipino. Wala akong problema doon."
The spurious clip was still online as of posting, with candidates' supporters, including those of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, asking the uploader to delete the "embarrassing" video.
"Duterte ako pero sinabi na ni Mar yung 'Binangga ko ang mga malalaking interes' a few seconds ago. Kaya naitype na para sa tv screens. Inulit lang nya ulit dun sa parte na yan. Wag magbaliko ng mga katotohanan. Mananalo tayo ng patas #DU30," said one YouTube user.
"So you may know, I am a valid and solid Duterte supporter. Dear Maam, your video is edited, this must be a 30 seconds video. this his follow-up," said another person who watched the spurious video.
"Ang engot lang nung nagpost nito. Nabanggit na ni Mar yang words na yan nung umpisa ng sagot nya, inulit lang kaya naisulat na dyan baka di ka nakikinig kasi humahanap ka lang ng maling maibabato mo," said a supporter of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. "BTW, #MiriamAko dahil siya ang pinakamatinong kandidato sa kanilang 5. Ayoko lang nung mga ganitong mga kasinungalingan makapanira lang ng kalaban ng kanditato nila. Sa ganyang ginagawa niyo, wala rin kayong pinagkaiba sa sinisiraan nyo na sinasabi niyong 'sinungaling'".
ABS-CBN News, in an official statement on Monday, denied that questions were leaked to candidates.
"There is no truth to malicious reports that the questions asked during the PiliPinas Debates 2016 were leaked to the candidates beforehand. The video clip circulating on social media was manipulated and is not an accurate excerpt," ABS-CBN News said.
The Commission on Elections earlier disclosed to all candidates, news broadcast networks, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), and to the public the general topics that will be discussed in all legs of the presidential debates.
The Liberal Party also denied that ABS-CBN News is favoring Roxas. The administration party said its standard-bearer is being criticized daily in political commentaries of the station.
You can read the full transcript of the "PiliPinas 2016: The Presidential Townhall Debate" here.
You can also watch a reply of the entire debate here.
A replay of the debate will also air on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) Tuesday 7 p.m.