Fact Check: P500 in envelopes distributed during UniTeam’s rally in Nueva Ecija untrue

Fact Check: P500 in envelopes distributed during UniTeam’s rally in Nueva Ecija untrue

MANILA — Rappler, GMA, CNN, and Daily Tribune reported that P500 in envelopes were distributed during Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.’s rally in Nueva Ecija.

Is it TRUE or FALSE?

Rating: FALSE!

News companies Rappler, GMA, CNN, and Daily Tribune hyped and were quick to spread head-cropped videos of what seemed to be a distribution of white envelopes containing P500 each on March 16, 2022 rally in Nueva Ecija.

Rappler in its article said, “News cameras caught the distribution of white envelopes on Tuesday, March 15, at a Marcos-Duterte campaign rally at the governor’s compound here.”

The Rappler article expresses a blatant lie as Marcos arrived at the venue only after the distribution of the envelopes, apparently a scheduled regular financial assistance (Ayuda) distribution of the local government led by Gov. Aurelio Umali, dubbed, “Alagang Umali.”

Gov. Umali also released a video statement saying the distribution of P500 among his constituents was his local government’s Ayuda (financial help) to Nueva Ecija citizens.

Furthermore, Patricia Linsangan, one of the beneficiaries of the ayuda caught on video, explained, “Kahit hindi pa po eleksyon, matagal nang nagbibigay ng financial assistance, bulto-bultong bigas, patis, suka, toyo etc. ang Umali. Nadalas lang po ang pagbibigay dahil sa dulot ng hirap sa pandemya. By batch nga po ang kuha ng ayuda from other areas.”

Link resources:
Rappler’s article on P500 envelopes being distributed during Nueva Ecija rally of BBM camp.
https://www.rappler.com/nation/elections/video-envelopes-money-distributed-uniteam-rally-nueva-ecija-march-2022
CNN: https://twitter.com/cnnphilippines/status/1503878808692158465?s=20&t=pb-590A3hibqutZM43vVKw
GMA: https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/regions/825143/cash-distributed-after-bbm-sara-rally-we-abhor-such-action-camp-says/story/
Daily Tribune: https://tribune.net.ph/index.php/2022/03/16/video-captures-bongbongs-nueva-ecija-rally-crowd-with-p500-in-envelopes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=video-captures-bongbongs-nueva-ecija-rally-crowd-with-p500-in-envelopes
Complete video on official Gov. Aurelio “Oyie” Umali’s Facebook account in response to the P500 envelopes in Nueva Ecija is taken down as reported by Yahoo News. A glimpse of his statement by GMA can be seen here: https://fb.watch/bPLGyCMVw7/

BBM speech on March 16, 2022, in Nueva Ecija, coinciding with the local government’s financial help in envelopes distribution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPfUVg7SrJw&ab_channel=Rappler

A local of Nueva Ecija and a concerned Facebook Netizen own testament of the “envelope with P500”: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=1609378762760249&set=pcb.1609379066093552

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