A satire posted on Facebook (FB) led netizens to believe that President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. “begged” state universities and colleges (SUC) to invite him as a keynote speaker at their ceremonies opening.
July 16, satirical FB page Cebu Dairy News (created July 28, 2021) posted a graphic with the superimposed text: “PRES. MARCOS JR. PLEASE SUCS TO INVITE HIM AS THE MAIN GUEST FOR THE GRADUATION RITES”
The message quoted publicist Trixie Cruz-Angeles as saying that Marcos “has aspired to be an honorable guest speaker” at a college graduation ceremony since he began his political career three decades ago.
Cebu Dairy News, which impersonates the legitimate Cebu Daily News news organization, put a disclaimer in its About section that it was “made to ridicule or make fun of anything [they] judge worthy of being satirical.
Neither Marcos nor Cruz-Angeles has commented in any press release, official document or interview about the president wanting to be invited as a keynote speaker at a state university or college.
While some in the comments section demanded proof, many netizens took the post at face value, ridiculing the president for his “uninspiring” training as a college dropout.
The satirical message appeared after former Vice President Leni Robredo was guest by two universities and a high school as keynote speaker at their graduation ceremonies. One took place in June, another this month and the third is scheduled for the end of August.
The satirical piece has since garnered over 17,000 reactions, 2,300 comments and 2,900 shares.
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