FALSE: Charo Santos 'apology' tweet
Claim: ABS-CBN executive Charo Santos posted a tweet acknowledging the network's "mistake" and subsequently issuing an apology.
The tweet was a reply to another tweet that said ABS-CBN was shut down because of its own fault of failing to get a new franchise.
The alleged tweet by Santos read: "May kasalanan din kami, nagkamali kami, sorry for that. See you next season mga Kapamilya."
(We are also at fault, we made a mistake, sorry for that. See you next season, Kapamilya.)
Facebook users took a screenshot of the tweet and imposed it on photos of Santos, praising her for acknowledging ABS-CBN's "mistake."
A reader sent the claim to Rappler for verification. Multiple posts containing the tweet were also flagged by Claim Check, Facebook's tool that monitors posts with potentially false information.
The facts: The tweet did not come from Santos, since Santos does not have a Twitter account.
The apology was tweeted by the account "CharotSntos," which was created only in May 2020.
According to Kane Choa, head of ABS-CBN's Integrated Corporate Communications, Santos does not have a Twitter account.
(*Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story indicated Ochoa as Kane's surname. This has been corrected.)
Meanwhile, Santos posted a graphic of ABS-CBN on her official Instagram account with the caption, "We ask for your prayers and support #InTheServiceOfTheFilipino." She also posted a short clip on ABS-CBN, saying, "Maraming, maraming salamat sa inyong pagmamahal at suporta. Hanggang sa muli." (Thank you very much for your love and support. Until the next time.)
The shutdown of the media giant brought forth a slew of posts on social media aiming to discredit the network. Even Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque falsely claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte was "completely neutral" on ABS-CBN's franchise renewal. (READ: TIMELINE: Duterte against ABS-CBN's franchise renewal) – Loreben Tuquero/Rappler.com
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