Longest caravan? Guinness debunks UniTeam supporters’ world record claim

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Posted at Mar 31 2022 01:35 AM | Updated as of Mar 31 2022 05:00 AM

The Guinness World Records, through its Facebook page, debunked a claim by supporters of Ferdinand
The Guinness World Records, through its Facebook page, debunked a claim by supporters of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Guinness World Records on Wednesday debunked a claim made on social media by supporters of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte-Carpio that a UniTeam gathering in Ilocos Norte is the "world's longest caravan."

The claim was posted on March 26 on the Facebook page titled, "Bbm-Sara Uniteam Headquarters Northern Luzon, Crown Legacy Hotel Baguio." 

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The post did not mention when the caravan happened.

This is the second time this month that the international franchise and Marcos have made the news.

A Guinness entry that named former President Ferdinand Marcos as the record holder of the "greatest robbery of a government" was deleted from its website. 

A company spokesperson told ABS-CBN News that the record, which was first entered into the Guinness printed edition in 1986, is being reexamined to make sure that the entry is accurate.

The younger Marcos has said he has not been spreading false information.

In 2010, he said the country benefited from martial law declared by Ferdinand Sr. in 1972. 

“Objective indicators” – such as the poverty rate, the Philippines’ international status, and the government’s financial situation while his father was in power – show that the country was in better days then, he said at that time.

Public records show the administration of Marcos Sr. from 1965 to 1986 embezzled as much as $10 billion and committed thousands of rights abuses including torture and killings, some victims of which are still alive.

The Marcoses were ousted from power in 1986 through the People Power Revolution.

Experts say propagandists of Marcos Jr. are using social media to sanitize history. Journalists and data analysts have reported on false and misleading content across social media platforms to whitewash martial law atrocities.

In 2020, a former employee of Cambridge Analytica said Marcos Jr. allegedly asked the defunct political consulting firm to rebrand his family's image on social media. The Marcos camp has denied this claim.

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