No, a survey did not show that many Filipinos believe their nation’s vice president has a mental health problem

A website claims that a public opinion survey found that 45 percent of Filipinos believe the country’s Vice President Leni Robredo has a mental health problem. The independent polling group cited as the source of the information told AFP it had not conducted any such survey. A spokesman for the vice president said the survey was fake news.

The report on a website is headlined: 45 percent of Filipinos believe VP Robredo has a 'mental problem'.

The story claims that the Social Weather Stations (SWS), one of two non-governmental pollsters in the Philippines, conducted a survey which found that 45 percent of Filipinos believed Robredo has a mental health problem.

The story was shared hundreds of times on Facebook to accounts with nearly 100,000 followers.

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SWS did not conduct any such opinion poll, Leo Laroza, SWS director for communication and information technology,  told AFP.

“This is fake news. Also, SWS has not conducted any survey related to the state of mental health of any public official or person,” he said.

Laroza said that SWS had conducted a survey on the public’s perception of President Rodrigo Duterte’s physical health.

SWS issued an official statement saying it had not conducted any survey on the mental health of any public official.

SWS publishes the results of the surveys it conducted on its website and there was no survey posted on Robredo’s mental health.

Ibarra Gutierrez, Robredo’s spokesman, told AFP the survey was “fake news.”

“This is fake news. SWS has already debunked the report,” he said.

In the Philippines, the vice president is elected separately from the president. Although they are officially colleagues, Robredo and Duterte have repeatedly attacked each other in public comments.