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Comelec spox Jimenez hits ‘fake news’ of Robredo disqualification

Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez on Sunday clarified that Vice President Leni Robredo has not been disqualified from the 2022 elections, and that any "news" saying so is fake. 

"VP Leni Robredo has not been disqualified. Video and articles that imply or suggest otherwise are #fakenews," Jimenez said in a tweet.

He made the remark after rumors of Robredo's disqualification surfaced online.

"COMELEC's reminders on prohibited sources of funding apply to all would-be candidates. #fightfake," Jimenez said.

"Pare-pareho silang lahat na walang violation dahil hindi pa naman sila official candidates," he added in a follow-up tweet.

Robredo announced her presidential run on October 7.

Prior to her announcement of her candidacy, Robredo was endorsed by opposition coalition 1Sambayan, Akbayan party-list, and various other groups as their presidential candidate.

Before she was elected vice president in 2016, Robredo served as Camarines Sur representative.

The 2022 elections will mark the first time that Robredo, widow of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, will be an opposition candidate. — Ma. Angelica Garcia/BM, GMA News