Claim: Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano supposedly said he is "obviously better" than former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, and that Go "has not proven anything yet and is unlikely to win."
The Facebook page Mga Balitang Pinas posted the claims on October 16, almost 50 minutes apart. Both posts garnered at least 1,700 reactions, 1,200 comments, and 400 shares combined as of October 19.
The full quotes read:
Di hamak na mas magaling naman siguro ako kumpara kay Bong Go na sunod-sunuran sa amo niyang si Duterte.
Wala pang napatunayan si Bong Go kaya malabong manalo.
This claim was flagged via social monitoring platform CrowdTangle.
The facts: There are no such quotes from Alejano.
"I categorically deny issuing these statements," Alejano told Rappler. The congressman also said he "cannot imagine himself joking [about it] or saying it."
A Google search of the quotes leads to web entries containing parts of the quotes and Facebook pages that have shared the memes. There are also no news reports containing the quotes.
Mga Balitang Pinas' post on Facebook also did not cite any source, news article, or video that contains the quotes.
In July, there was also a fabricated quote attributed to the lawmaker. The quote reads, "Wala tayong mapapala sa mga OFW, nabayaran na ang kaluluwa nila kay Duterte." Alejano called it "fake news."
That was after Alejano called President Rodrigo Duterte a "hypocrite" for his Hong Kong trip last April. Duterte has previously fired officials over unnecessary overseas trips.
"I also hope that while we are in the heat of the upcoming elections, let us not play dirty. Politics is not dirty. People who use negative propaganda against political opponents are the ones making politics dirty," said Alejano to Rappler.
Mga Balitang Pinas also posted a photo supposedly of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) relief operations when, in fact, the photo was taken in 2015 during relief operations for Typhoon Lando (Koppu). – Miguel Imperial/Rappler.com