Tuesday, November 24, 2020

FALSE: Video of De Lima ‘partying in Bilibid’

The video is actually of Senator Leila de Lima celebrating her 56th birthday in August 2015 at the quadrangle of the Department of Justice, when she was still DOJ secretary
FALSE. Screenshot of Istong Macayana Palisoc's Facebook post claiming Senator Leila de Lima held a party at the New Bilibid Prison.
FALSE. Screenshot of Istong Macayana Palisoc’s Facebook post claiming Senator Leila de Lima held a party at the New Bilibid Prison.

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?)

As of this writing, the post has gone viral with around 4,400 reactions and some 15,000 shares. The Philippines Freedom Wall group has over 1,400 members.

Rating: FALSE

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.

SOURCE:  https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/228727-video-de-lima-partying-bilibid 

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