FALSE: Kadamay placard demanding regular salary for rallyists

Claim: Urban poor group Kadamay demanded a regular salary for rallyists.

A photo being circulated online by at least two users shows a placard at a rally which reads: "Sweldo ng ralehista gawing regular (Make rallyists' salaries regular)." The placard bore the name of Kadamay.

Posts containing this claim were spotted by Rappler's fact check team on Facebook.

Rating: FALSE

The facts: The photo was altered, and Kadamay did not make such a demand.

This photo initially circulated in 2017 and was reshared in June 2020.

A reverse image search showed that the original photo was tweeted by DZMM Teleradyo on May 1, 2017, capturing a Labor Day protest. The actual placard read: "Direktang kabit ng tubig at kuryente ngayon na!" (Direct connection for water and electricity now!)

Moreover, Kadamay media officer Michael Beltran said that the organization did not make such a demand.

"Lahat po ng miyembro ng Kadamay, [mula] national office at sa bawat balangay, walang anumang suweldo o sahod. Mass organization kami at voluntary ang membership," he told Rappler. (All Kadamay members, from the national office to each group, don't have any form of salary or wage. We are a mass organization and membership is voluntary.)

Further, no news organizations reported Kadamay saying this.

In the past, Rappler debunked a false statement attributed to Kadamay chairperson Gloria "Ka Bea" Arellano, wherein she allegedly asked for a house with free Wi-Fi. – Loreben Tuquero/Rappler.com

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