Moira dela Torre denied the claim that she received a sum of P5 million to perform at the rally of Vice President Leni Robredo and Sen. Kiko Pangilinan in Zamboanga City.
The rumor circulated quickly throughout social media after reports said that an impressive turnout was expected.
“Hindi po mami bayad. Nag-volunteer lang din po kami.” the singer responded to the allegation.
Even Manila Bulletin pounced on the story, leading supporters of presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos to believe that it was true.
“Baka kayo po ‘yung bayad para sa mga headline n’yo pong nagcclickbait ng ganyan. Di po yan maganda, Manila Bulletin,” she said.
“Kaya niyo naman po gamitin ‘yung platform n’yo sa mga mas importanteng bagay ba hinde base sa mga ‘online marites’. God bless po,” she added.
Her fans didn’t waste any time defending her from the trolls.
— Roll Bacco (@rollbacco) March 18, 2022
— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) March 19, 2022
The claim was unverified.
1st pic – @manilabulletin shares a clickbait headline from its entertainment account and adds its own intriga intro
2nd pic – content of showbiz article showing the "source" of news was a 'marites'
3rd pic – Moira's STRONG reply
Manila Bulletin, this is SO LOW. Disgusting. pic.twitter.com/Mn0CZMlxbc
— Citizen Jane (@citizenjaneph) March 19, 2022
— Barnaby Lo 吳宗鴻 (@barnabychuck) March 18, 2022
Most of Manila Bulletin’s articles are seen as “biased” for Marcos.
From the "Nation's Leading Newspaper" to "Nation's Misleading Newspaper" . Kudos to Moira, the Nation's Flamethrower. https://t.co/zomGUwweOh
— DeusXMachina (@DeusXMachina14) March 19, 2022
Manila Bulletin deserves the clapback!
Moira, paid? No.
Toni, rocks? No. pic.twitter.com/Uol2bqkquI
— LENI-KIKO 2022 (jylwrncgrbn) (@jylwrncgrbn) March 19, 2022
This isn’t the first time celebrities who support the Robredo-Pangilinan movement have been accused of being paid off.
Comedian Ogie Diaz clarified that not all celebrities seek financial rewards, others are just dedicated to the movement.
“Me mga celebrities, pro bono o libre lang basta kaibigan o kamag-anak nila yung kandidato o kahit hindi nila kaanu-ano, basta naniniwala sila sa ipinaglalaban nito, hindi pinag-uusapan ang magkano. Kung minsan, dumudukot pa ang mga celebrities sa mga sarili nilang bulsa, dahil walang pondo ang kandidato nila, pero naniniwala sila sa kakayahan at sinseridad nito sa mga tao.” he said.
Recent Pink rallies have overwhelmed even the opposition. While more shift their support for Robredo, Marcos’ popularity among voters from various groups dwindle.