Pollster Social Weather Stations has debunked as fake a news article that said it conducted a survey on the mental health of a public official.
"In reference to the article, '45% ng mga Filipino naniniwalang may ‘mental problem’ si VP Robredo – SWS', posted by the website, Daily Readers, at https://www.dailyreader.online/2018/10/45-ng-mga-filipino-naniniwalang-may.html, the public is hereby informed that SWS has not conducted any survey related to the state of mental health of any public official or person," SWS said in a statement on its website.
It added: "SWS strongly condemns the spread of misinformation with malicious intent."
The pollster urged readers to rely only on the SWS website (www.sws.org.ph) for SWS survey reports released to the public.
Vice-President Leni Robredo has been the subject of various fake news items and disinformation including a claim that she planned the plane crash of her late husband and former Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.
Robredo herself has debunked the allegation, saying that her husband's death was difficult for her family.
"Bakit ko papahirapan yung sarili ko? Bakit ko yun gagawin sa mga anak ko? At bakit mo sasaktan yung taong nagmahal sayo nang lubos-lubos? Nung nawala siya, lahat ng hirap nandiyan. So bakit ko gagawin, parang walang logic."
(Why would I make myself go through that hardship? Why would I do that to my children? And why would I hurt the person who love me so much? When he died, we went through all the hardships. So, why would I do that? There's no logic behind it.)