Lima: A 116-year-old Peruvian living in extreme poverty in the heart of the Andes is staking a claim to be recognised as the oldest person in the world.
Thought to have been born on December 20, 1897, Filomena Taipe Mendoza's age would make her three months older than Japanese Misao Okawa, who was believed to be the world's oldest person, according to Guinness World Records and the US-based Gerontology Research Group.
Peru's Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion says Ms Taipe Mendoza's identity card shows the date she was born.
"I am not of the past century, young man, but the other one ... I am very old," she told an official accompanying her to cash the first cheque from a retirement program for seniors living in extreme poverty.