The Claim: An SMNI anchor, MJ Mondejar, claims that Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. was welcomed by 2 million Pangasinenses
The Facts: According to 2020 data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, Pangasinan has a total population of 3,163,190.
Why we fact checked this: As of writing, Mondejar’s tweet has 347 retweets, 184 Quote Tweets, and 1,165 Likes
Every media practitioners’ report should always be grounded on truth. If it goes otherwise, then they are considered a public relation officers’ propaganda.
Again like in their PR about the Ilocos sortie, they cited the Philippine National Police but there was no particular police officer to vouch for the accuracy.
On February 27, 2022, an SMNI News anchor, MJ Mondejar claimed that 2 million Pangasinenses welcomed Bongbong Marcos in his motorcade in Pangasinan [https://twitter.com/MJ__Mondejar/status/1497916372264767488
]. Mondejar quoted a consolidated PNP report but failed to provide a direct resource to verify the numbers.
The Province of Pangasinan has a rich voting population making it an attractive province to woo voters. Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority reveals that Pangasinan has a total population of 3,163,190 [https://psa.gov.ph/…/ird/pressrelease/Region%201.xlsx
], which about a little more than half (52%) are voters.