Satire: Posts claiming Marcos appointed Vergerie as new PNP chief

October 25, 2022 - 6:10 PM
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This file photo shows DOH Office-in-Charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. (PCOO/Released

Claim: Several social media posts claim that President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. appointed Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire as the new head of the Philippine National Police. 

The circulating art card which is packaged like a breaking news features a photo of Vergeirie with text that reads, “BBM names Vergeirie as New PNP Chief.”

This satire implies that President Marcos appointed Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire as the new PNP Chief (Myra Villaroman/Facebook)

RATING: This claim is satire. 

Facts

Marcos did not appoint DOH Undersecretary Vergeire as the new PNP chief. There are no available documents or statements from Malacañang that support this claim.

The current PNP chief is General Rodolfo Azurin Jr. He was appointed by Marcos on Aug. 1, 2022. 

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Meanwhile, Vergeirie still serves as the health undersecretary. She is also currently the officer-in-charge of the DOH, a post she was assigned in July.

Why it matters 

There are more than 60 Facebook posts asserting that the president appointed Vergeirie as the new PNP chief. 

While some online users noted in the caption that it is satire or spoof, many reposted the art card without a disclaimer.  

Based on the comments of social media users, some believed that the appointment of Vergeirie was true. 

One of the posts has earned more than 180 Facebook reactions, about 30 comments, and 23 shares. 

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