A Facebook post has shared a photo it claims shows a rally held by Hugpong ng Pagbabago, a political party led by Sara Duterte, daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The claim is false; the photo is a Getty Images photo of a 2018 rally for gun reform in Washington D.C.
The misleading post, which has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook since it was published on March 11, 2019, contains a photo of a street filled with people, many of whom are carrying placards.
Below is a screenshot of the post:
The post’s caption says: “Hugpong ng Pagbabago rally. Thanks for being one with us”. Hugpong ng Pagbabago, which means “Alliance for Change” in Tagalog, is a regional political party.
The party has announced it is endorsing a handful of mainly pro-administration candidates in the Philippines’ midterm elections in May.
AFP conducted a reverse image search and found the photo used in the misleading post was actually taken by international photo agency Getty Images.
Below is a screenshot of the Getty photo:
The caption says the image was taken on March 24, 2018 and shows protesters at a “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C.
“March for Our Lives” rallies were held across the US on March 24, 2018, calling for gun law reforms following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February 2018.
Here is the location of the Getty Images photo on Google Street View:
Below is the Getty photo (left) alongside the photo used in the misleading Facebook post (right).
The original and misleading images both have the same key details: a building in the left background with several columns, a boxy glass building to the right and rows of distinctive street lights with round lamps.
Using Invid, an image and video verification tool, AFP magnified an element that can be seen in both the original and the misleadingly used image: a placard bearing the letters “NRA”.
AFP has circled the two placards in the crowd that are identical in both images: