The Office of the Vice President (OVP) reposted a photo status of a Jake Miranda that claimed that Vice President Leni Robredo was the one who sent Wilkins Bottled Water to Surigao survivors.
The OVP wrote a separate caption which said “a truckload of bottled water arrived Saturday night for those affected by the earthquake in Surigao. This would not have been possible without the generous and immediate help of the Coca Cola Foundation.
Thank you to our #AngatBuhay partner for helping our Filipinos in times of disaster,” acknowledging that the donations did not come directly from the OVP but through Coca-Cola.
However, the Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines official Facebook page did not recognize nor mention a partnership with the OVP. Instead Coca-Cola said this in their post,
“Coca-Cola brings safe drinking water to earthquake-stricken communities.
As the people of Surigao recover from the devastation wrought by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck Surigao Province last Friday, the Coca-Cola System immediately arranged to send aid in the form of a vital resource--safe and clean drinking water.
On February 11 – the day after the quake, over 7,500 liters of Wilkins Distilled water were unloaded at Surigao City Hall. The drinking water was distributed through the efforts of the local government, with the assistance of Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines pre-sellers, 301B personnel of the Philippine Army, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.”
The disparity elicited questions and critics from netizens about the false claims of the OVP.
Social media personality Sass Sasot posted, “ano ba talaga? Baka OVP "coordinated" with Coca-Cola ang nangyari? Pero bakit hindi binigyan ng credit ng Coca-Cola ang OVP?”
OVP claims Coca-Cola donations to Surigao Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on February 14, 2017 Rating: