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Fact Check

AFP
June 29, 2019

Fact-check: Is this a photo of Trump endorsing son of late Philippine dictator for president?

Fact Check

AFP
Sat, Jun 29, 2019

An image has been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook which claim it shows US leader Donald Trump holding a picture of the son of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos alongside this message: "The Next President". The claim is false; the image has been doctored from a photo which shows Trump holding an executive order.

The image is contained in a Facebook post, which was published on June 6, 2019, and has been shared more than 650 times.

It shows US President Donald Trump holding up a photo of Filipino politician Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

He is the son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who led the Philippines for two decades until he was toppled in a 1986 “People Power” revolution. 

Next to Bongbong’s photo is a white page with the words “The Next President” and Trump’s signature.

Below is a screenshot of the misleading Facebook post:

Screenshot of Facebook post

The post’s caption states: “100 % MR. PRESIDENT TRUMP...THAT BBM WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINE’S REPUBLIC”.

“BBM” is a shorthand reference to “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

The same image and caption were also shared elsewhere on Facebook with a similar claim.

The claim is false; the image has been doctored from a photo which shows Trump holding an executive order.

A reverse image search on Google found the original photo published in a Forbes magazine article, dated January 24, 2017, about Trump withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

Below is a screenshot of the report:

Screenshot of report

The caption credited the photo to AFP. A keyword search of AFP’s archives found an image taken on January 23, 2017.

The AFP photo caption states: “United States President Donald Trump signs the Executive Order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after signing it in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Monday, January 23, 2017.

“The other two Executive Orders concerned a US Government hiring freeze for all departments but the military and ‘Mexico City’ which bans federal funding of abortions overseas”.

Below is a screenshot comparison of the photo in the misleading posts (L) and the AFP photo (R):

Image comparing the photo in the misleading post (L) and the AFP photo (R)

Bongbong ran for vice president in 2016 and lost, as reported by AFP at the time. He protested the result, prompting a recount that is ongoing; here is a Philippine government information page about the recount, published January 22, 2019.