Netizens were quick to question the authenticity of the medical certificate presented by presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos’ camp.
Marcos has gone into isolation after one of his staff caught the coronavirus.
“Two personalities who’re with Marcos almost every day have been tested positive of the coronavirus – his chief of staff, lawyer Vic Rodriguez and his security escort, prompting the former senator to go in isolation,” his camp said in a statement on Friday.
The certificate was produced after Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon demanded one be produced to justify Marcos’ failure to appear in a preliminary conference on disqualification bids against him.
Marcos was given the option to attend via Zoom, but he didn’t show up.
“Why don’t you ask your client to go on Zoom? Even if he’s in isolation he can have a laptop or a phone,” Guanzon said.
His camp explained that he had “difficulty in speaking due to a painfully congested throat.”
The medical certificate was scrutinized thoroughly by netizens, with some calling it fake.
Here's a copy of the medical certificate provided by the Marcos camp for the pre-conference this morning.
— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) January 7, 2022
Anong diagnosis? Bakit wala? Anong klaseng Med cert yan? A
— Winlove Mojica, MD (@theskinsensei) January 7, 2022
The written statement looks fishy and unusual to those familiar with one.
Ano daw diagnosis bat parang signs and symptoms lang? Charot! pic.twitter.com/V6R8NWTamg
— Charot! (@IamCharotism) January 7, 2022
Imagine being a candidate for President, suspected to have COVID-19, symptomatic, AND yet consulting an ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON?? Naglolokohan na lang talaga tayo dito. #DisqualifyBBM @rowena_guanzon pic.twitter.com/KzYtQFazih
— Ronnie E. Baticulon (@ronibats) January 7, 2022
No tests done for SARS-CoV-2.
No requests or recommendations for a SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR.
— Jonathan E. Sy (@easy_jonathan) January 7, 2022
Hindi mukhang medical certificate. Kaming ordinaryong manggagawa hindi makakabalil sa trabaho hanggat walang med cert. Tapos sya ano? Zoom di pwede? Pwe!
— PUPianⓂ️ (@IkasampuNgMayo) January 7, 2022