Claim: Joma Sison admits to advising Leni Robredo
The Facts: An article posted on the Journal News Online web page claims that the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, admitted to advising Vice President Leni Robredo and her spokesperson Barry Gutierrez. The news allegedly came from Ang Bayan, the official publication of the CPP which was published on Monday. (https://journalnews.com.ph/joma-admits-advising-leni/
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, Vice President Robredo already stated that she has never been in contact with Joma Sison who is self-exiled in the Netherlands. “There is no truth to the claims that Jose Maria Sison is my personal or campaign adviser. I have never talked to him in any capacity.” (https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/…/robredo-debunks-ties…
In an interview with PhilStar Global, Joma Sison said “I have not been advising Leni Robredo, although I think that she is a far more qualified candidate for president.”
Ang Bayan’s archives do not contain any article about the said news, furthermore, no articles were published on April 18, Monday for which the article claimed.
Why we fact-checked this: With 103 shares from both Facebook and Twitter, including presidential candidate Ping Lacson, this type of article contains fallacious claims that could be libelous and can be considered red-tagging.