Claim: Facebook user Istong Macayana Palisoc claimed Senator Leila de Lima held a “party” at the New Bilibid Prison.
In the public group Philippines Freedom Wall, Palisoc posted a video on April 13, 2019, where the senator is seen belting out the song “Bakit.”
The video’s caption reads: “Ganito magpa-party ang isang DOJ secretary sa loob ng Bilibid. Gusto ‘nyo pa bang bumalik sila sa kapangyarihan?” (This is how a DOJ secretary holds a party inside Bilibid. Would you still like them to return to power?)
The facts: The video is actually of De Lima celebrating her 56th birthday in August 2015 at the quadrangle of the Department of Justice (DOJ), when she was still justice secretary.
De Lima’s office confirmed this in a press release which was posted on the Senate website in July 2016.
At the time, the video was also used in the false claim that went viral on Facebook about the senator sitting with alleged drug lord Herbert Colangco. Facebook page Pilipinas Kong Mahal Tungo sa Pagbabago was among the pages that posted the claim in July 2016. As of this writing, the video from the page has around 2.1 million views.