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Tacloban journalist Frenchie Mae Cumpio still hopeful a year after arrest
Feb 9, 2021 Lorraine Ecarma

Cumpio, who celebrated her 22nd birthday in jail, chose to be a journalist in a region where there is a lack of independent media.
Cumpio was arrested on February 7, 2020, at the Eastern Vista staff house in Tacloban City, Leyte, during a series of raids on what the military claimed were "identified Commmunist Terrorist Group safe houses."

International Fact-Checking Network nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Jan 22, 2021

While not a shortlisting for the award, IFCN Director Baybars Örsek says they see the nomination as 'an important validation of the work of fact-checkers worldwide'

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Fact-checking the falsehoods that came out of 2020
Jan 16, 2021 Vernise Tantuco, Loreben Tuquero

What – or who – were lied about on social media in 2020?
We might have spent most of 2020 at home, but that didn’t stop falsehoods and rumors from being spread on social media, in our private chat groups, and in some cases, even by public officials.

PH intel chief shares fake information on Facebook
Sep 30, 2020 Rambo Talabong

National Intelligence Coordinating Agency chief Alex Monteagudo regularly shares photos and memes with fake information on his Facebook page
During the budget hearing of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) at the House of Representatives, Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago grilled the agency over posts made by its chief, Director General (DG) Alex Monteagudo

Facebook removes Philippine, Chinese networks for violating policy on 'foreign or government interference'
September 23, 2020 Victor Barreiro Jr.

The Philippine network, which Facebook says has links to the Philippine military or police, is made up of 57 Facebook accounts, 31 Pages, and 20 Instagram accounts
Facebook removed two networks, one from the Philippines and another from China, for violating its policies on coordinated inauthentic behavior.

Which countries have tried to ban Facebook?
Sep 29, 2020 Michelle Abad
As some countries have tried to block Facebook to control information and crack down on activism, their citizens have found ways to access the social networking platform

In defense of Facebook
Sep 30, 2020 Dean Tony La Viña
'The shutdown of these inauthentic advocacy pages is one of Facebook’s most prudent decisions thus far. I give it my full support.'
In a move that was perhaps surprising to many, Facebook, in the last week, took down hundreds of coordinated fake accounts that were interfering in the politics of the Philippines and the US.


Surveillance company's leaked manual teaches how to hide fake Facebook accounts
September 23, 2020 Victor Barreiro Jr.

The leaked manual teaches users how to make fake Facebook and LinkedIn accounts for the purpose of gathering information on others, as well as how to hide those accounts from detection

Surveillance Company Explains How to Keep Facebook From Detecting Fake Accounts in Leaked Manual
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai September 22, 2020
A leaked manual from Blackdot Solutions, a British company that offers social media monitoring services, included a step-by-step guide on how to create fake profiles on Facebook and LinkedIn.

On Martial Law anniv, 'masked media' show public why press freedom is personal
September 22, 2020

Proceeds from face mask sales will help fund the legal defense for Filipino journalists facing cyber libel complaints and other cases
On the 48th anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law, journalists, artists, and activists reminded the public why press freedom affects all people on a personal level.

House reporters air concern on media coverage ban
September 3, 2020 Ben Rosario
A ban on media coverage in two House of Representatives committee hearings stirred controversy on Thursday as beat reporters noted possible violations of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press and rules of the chamber.

#CourageON: Defending our rights
Maria A. Ressa, July 16, 2020

The walls are closing in.
The Philippines is at the precipice. There’s no need to declare martial law because the very processes of democracy have been turned against it. We now live in a time that is “worse than martial law.”

What’s behind the new push for unionization by journalists
September 1, 2020 Nicole Cohen - Greig de Peuter

'Organizing has been good for my mental health. A lot of the time, we as journalists look at the state of the world and get very depressed'


The Dictator's Playbook
June 16, 2020 Center for Humane Technology

In a podcast released by the Center for Humane Technology, Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa reveals, play by play, how an aspiring strongman can use social media to spread falsehoods, sow confusion, intimidate critics and subvert democratic institutions.
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Isolated presidency
August 25, 2020 Vergel O. Santos

'No President, indeed, has been so inaccessible to the press, and to his own constituents by extension, as Duterte'

Longest stay: Duterte not back from Davao City after 3 weeks
August 25, 2020 Pia Ranada
The public has also not seen live footage of the President for a month, or since his SONA, save for a brief live video from Senator Bong Go's Facebook account

Cultural vacuum: How ABS-CBN's shutdown affects media culture
September 1, 2020

Rolando Tolentino of the UP College of Mass Communication and OJ Jacinto of ‘Magandang Buhay’ talk about cultural vacuums and shifts in news consumption

MTRCB wants to regulate content on Netflix, other video-on-demand platforms
September 3, 2020 JC Gotinga
All content streamed on video-on-demand platforms are currently unrated, which means they are prohibited, says MTRCB legal chief Jonathan Presquito
The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) said it must regulate content made available in the Philippines on video-on-demand platforms like Netflix, iFlix, and Amazon Prime if it is to fulfill its mandate under the law.

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Sep 4, 2020

Malacañang tells MTRCB: Listen to Congress before Duterte ‘micromanages’
September 7, 2020
The board earlier said it should also be regulating content on streaming platforms like Netflix
The Palace on Monday, September 7, urged the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to “consider” the views of lawmakers on the board's announcement that it wanted to begin regulating content on on-demand streaming platforms. Look the Video

Robredo shoots down planned MTRCB regulation of Netflix
September 6, 2020 Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday slammed what she called an “ill-timed” plan of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to regulate video streaming platforms operating in the Philippines.

Filipino directors oppose MTRCB plan to regulate streaming platforms
September 6, 2020
'MTRCB is expected to be an enabling partner of the industry towards authentic self-regulation,' says the Directors' Guild of the Philippines
The Directors' Guild of the Philippines (DGPI) said they are against the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB)’s plan to regulate content on streaming platforms such as Netflix, iFlix, and Amazon Prime.

Locsin thumbs down Netflix censorship: ‘Enough with that idiot regulation’
Consuelo Marquez September 05, 2020
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin has joined critics in opposing the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board’s (MTRCB) proposal to censor shows on Netflix and other online video streaming services.

Ex-MTRCB chief Poe nixes bid to regulate content of video-streaming outfits
Christia Marie Ramos September 04, 2020
Senator Grace Poe, who previously served as chief of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), has branded as “counterproductive and ridiculous” the proposed regulation of content being streamed on Netflix and other video-on-demand platforms.

MTRCB seeks only ‘post-monitoring’, says head, as plan to regulate Netflix meets stiff opposition
September 4, 2020 Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senator Grace Poe on Friday said she opposes the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board’s (MTRCB) proposal to regulate Netflix and other online streaming services.

Alan warns MTRCB on plan to tax Netflix
September 4, 2020 Ben Rosario
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano warned the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board today that its plan to regulate the video content in streaming platforms like Netflix might affect approval of its proposed budget for 2021.

Cayetano: MTRCB call to regulate content in Netflix, other video streaming sites ‘mind-boggling, ridiculous’
Neil Arwin Mercado - September 04, 2020
The call of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to regulate video content in streaming platforms such as Netflix is “mind-boggling” and “ridiculous,” House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Friday.

Drilon opposes MTRCB plan to regulate Netflix, other streaming services
September 4, 2020 Hannah Torregoza
Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon on Friday said he strongly opposes the plan of the Movies and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to regulate streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

FOI, media workers welfare bills get solons’ support
PCOO, Philippine News Agency August 20, 2020

The FOI bill, on the other hand, seeks to expand the scope of open governance by directing agencies to disclose information on projects and other matters that involve public interest.

House panel approves bill on media workers’ welfare
August 26, 2020 Ben Rosario
Hazard pay, bullet proof vests and personal protective equipment are compulsory necessities that will be granted media workers under a bill approved by a House of Representatives panel on Wednesday.

I’m a jaded journalism graduate living in corporate stability, but I won’t stop speaking out
Andrea Rivera July 31 2020

'It would be easy for someone like me to just stay dormant in my stable yet uneventful corporate bubble.... But if there’s anything that journalism taught me, it’s that there’s a deeper humanistic value in speaking truth to power.'
It was midnight, July 18, when I felt the weight of the Philippines’ civil liberties hanging heavily on my shoulders. That day, the Anti-Terrorism Act took effect, bringing with it, ironically, a looming sense of terror.


Bulatlatan: Community media fighting back
Aug 18, 2020 Bulatlat

The editors of Northern Dispatch and Pinoy Weekly share their history as well as the heightened attacks they have been experiencing during the pandemic.

PNP confiscates alleged anti-gov't magazine after Anti-Terror Law takes effect
Rambo Talabong July 26 2020

The incident marks a first in recent history that police confiscated copies of a magazine considered a threat to the government.
On Sunday morning, July 26, policemen seized bundles of Pinoy Weekly from the Bulacan office of an urban poor organization and stacked these at the back of a police vehicle before driving off.

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Bishop Pabillo sa mga pulis, nagsisimba: Respetuhin ang mga simbahan, misa
Jul 28, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Pinaalalahanan ni Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo ang mga taong dumadalo sa mga misa at mga pulis na respetuhin ang "place of worship" at misa kasunod ng pagkumpiska ng ilang pulis sa placards ng mga nagsisimba sa Quiapo Church noong Lunes.

PNP: Cops seized placards from Mass-goers on Church request
Jul 29, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The Philippine National said Wednesday its officers seized placards and other protest materials from activists during a Mass in Manila this week "in accordance to the request of the church."

Cops’ confiscation of placards during Quiapo mass not a ‘misbehavior’
July 29, 2020 Noreen Jazul
Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said he does not consider the confiscation of protestors’ placards by policemen during a mass in Quiapo Church as a “misbehavior.”

Cops seize protest materials during Quiapo Church Mass
Camille Elemia July 27 2020 - with Video
Manila police confiscated Anti-Terror Law protest materials from some Akbayan members who were attending Mass inside Quiapo Church on Monday, July 27, ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Kadamay slams warrantless arrest of community leader, periodical seizure
July 26, 2020 JULIA MARI ORNEDO, GMA News
Urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) on Sunday slammed the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the “warrantless and baseless” arrest of a community leader and the raid on the Villa Lois housing site in Pandi, Bulacan.
In a statement, Kadamay “vehemently condemned” the arrest of community leader Rose Fortaleza and the confiscation of the group’s flyers along with issues of the alternative news publication Pinoy Weekly.

A message to Filipinos: Keep journalism alive
Zeus Legaspi July 22 2020

At a press conference on June 2, 2016, then-newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would "personally attack” journalists who are critical of him. Now, he lives up to his word. July 18, 2020 is perhaps the culmination of that promise, as the dreaded Anti-Terrorism Bill pushes through the wall of mounting concerns and oppositions into effectivity.



'Damocles' sword over journos': Maria Ressa says cyberlibel, other media cases politically motivated
Jun 13, 2020 ANC 24/7

The verdict on the cyberlibel case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is due to come out on Monday. Ressa maintains she has done nothing wrong, adding that the case filed against her is politically motivated and suppresses freedom of speech. Ressa hopes the judge will stick to the spirit of the law.

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Maria Ressa case: The end of democracy in the Philippines?
Al Jazeera English June 21, 2020
In yet another blow to press freedom in the Philippines, prominent journalist Maria Ressa, executive editor of the hugely popular news site Rappler, has been found guilty of cyber libel and now faces prison.

NUJP slams red-tagging of Atom Araullo over Lumad school docu
Camille Elemia Aug 20 2020

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on Wednesday, August 19, denounced government attacks against journalist Atom Araullo over his documentary on a Lumad school in Metro Manila. (READ: Teaching without schools? Lumad education under lockdown)

9 in 10 Filipinos value independent journalism – Reuters Institute survey
Loreben Tuquero July 12, 2020

The latest Digital News Report revealed that 9 in 10 Filipinos, 63% believe - value independent journalism and a majority want journalists to call out lying and misleading politicians.

Closure, job cuts: Why COVID-19 spells death for community journalism
Camille Elemia Aug 15 2020

'It is dangerous for the community and country to lose journalists and media outlets committed to the truth' especially during a public health crisis

Forum on Information and Democracy launches working group to fight 'information chaos'
June 24, 2020

The working group's steering committee will be co-chaired by Maria Ressa, CEO of Rappler, and Marietje Schaake, international policy director at the Stanford Cyber Policy Center

House committee rejects franchise for ABS-CBN
Mara Cepeda July 10, 2020
The Philippines' largest media network has 24 hours to appeal the decision of the House committee on legislative franchises

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Big majority of Filipinos think Congress should grant ABS-CBN a franchise
Aika Rey July 11, 2020
The Social Weather Stations survey also says that majority of Filipinos also agree that denying ABS-CBN a franchise is a 'major blow to press freedom'

Filipinos online lament impact of ABS-CBN franchise application rejection
Alois Isinika July 10, 2020
‘I won’t be able to get updates on what’s happening around me [especially] during this typhoon season,’ says one Facebook user

Sectoral groups vow to remember how House panel voted on ABS-CBN franchise
July 10, 2020
‘The people will hold them responsible for any resulting layoffs, any denial or limitation in information, and any attacks to press freedom and expression resulting from this shutdown’

After House vote vs ABS-CBN, Angel Locsin's appeal: 'Now is not the time to stay silent'
Bea Cupin July 10, 2020
'Nakikiusap po ako, now is the time. Gamitin natin ang boses natin para sa tama,' the actress says

Sign the petition: Join the call urging gov’t to put ABS-CBN back on air
May 13, 2020
To persuade government agencies to act on the matter, the petition appeals to the NTC, Supreme Court, and the House of Representatives



'We are at a crossroads'
May 06, 2020

In this interview, Korina Sanchez tells Rappler's Maria Ressa what it felt like to watch as ABS-CBN went off-air two days after World Press Freedom Day
Veteran broadcast journalist and Rated K Anchor Korina Sanchez talks about her thoughts on the ABS-CBN shutdown and its repercussions for the Philippine media industry.


Covering the unthinkable shutdown with ABS-CBN's Mike Navallo
May 08, 2020
How is it like to cover the justice beat at a time when journalists themselves figure into the Duterte administration's novel legal actions against dissenters?

#ABiasCBN, #RapplerFakeNews: A case of pro-admin 'media literacy?'

Marlon Julian S. Nombrado June 19, 2020
'A democracy needs media-literate citizens who can hold their media institutions accountable, as much as we need these media institutions to do their jobs of holding the government accountable'

How fact-checking is done in investigative reporting
June 29, 2020

Join MovePH's webinar on fact checking and investigative reporting happening on Friday, July 3, at 4 pm via Zoom

Duterte crushes free expression amid pandemic
Marites Dañguilan Vitug May 03, 2020

Journalists fight bigger battle.
Freedom of expression is the overarching right on which freedom of the press is anchored.
In some countries, the limits are crushing a fundamental right: freedom of expression. The Philippines, unfortunately, is one of these countries.


Wen democracy is attacked, the first casualty is the truth
A Thousand Cuts Talkback

Aug 28, 2020 Asian American Journalists Association
Recording of the 'A Thousand Cuts' Talkback session at first-ever virtual AAJA Festival featuring Maria Ressa; CEO and co-founder of Rappler, Ramona Diaz; filmmaker, moderated by Benjamin Pimentel of Business Insider.





Journalism & COVID-19 - Frontline Lessons from Around the World
Apr 4, 2020 International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)

This interactive panel brings together the editors and founders of three high-profile online news organizations based in The Philippines, South Africa, and India. The internationally celebrated founder, CEO and editor in chief of Rappler, Maria Ressa joined us from Manila, while the editor and co-founder of the Daily Maverick, Branko Brkic, connected from Cape Town, and the founder and CEO of The Quint, Ritu Kapur, joined from New Delhi.
Journalism and the Pandemic:
May 26, Jun 11 and 17,2020 International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)

How is #COVID19 Transforming Journalism?
The effects of COVID-19 are already being framed as an “extinction event” for journalism, causing dozens of news outlets to collapse around the world. Tens of thousands of newsroom jobs have been lost or reshaped by the pandemic. That’s why ICFJ and the Tow Center have launched a global survey to track and assess the impacts of the pandemic on journalism worldwide, and to help reimagine its future.
Innovative approaches to reporting #COVID19
The COVID-19 crisis has created manifold challenges and pressures for journalism worldwide. Reporters are confronting significant personal risk to tell the stories of the pandemic, even while their jobs are on the line.
Responding to Media Freedom & Safety Threats
COVID-19 has been framed as journalism’s ‘extinction event’ but it also represents a deadly challenge for journalists covering the pandemic around the world. The International Press Institute (IPI) has recorded 335 violations inhibiting the practice of journalism during the crisis.
Bulatlatan: Grassroots journalism in the time of crisis
May 30, 2020 Bulatlat
Journalists from Northern Dispatch, Radyo Natin Guimba, Dampig Katarungan, and Altermidya - People's Alternative Media Network share the challenges they face as they continue to report the issues of the marginalized & oppressed sectors in their communities.
Video journalists – Imagining the new normal
June 02, 2020
At the onset of the Luzon-wide lockdown, Rappler imposed a work-from-home policy on everyone. Editors, producers, reporters, and all employees stayed home.
In this Rappler Talk, reporter JC Gotinga sits down with video journalists Charles Salazar, Franz Lopez, Naoki Mengua, Jeff Digma, and Nappy Manegdeg to talk about their past coverages.
Newsbreak Chats: Doing journalism under lockdown
May 28, 2020 - with Video

The team discusses how journalists navigate a restrictive quarantine and deal with the challenges it poses.

'Lies kill': Journalists tackle challenges in reporting on the pandemic
Sofia Virtudes May 05, 2020 - with Video

Maria Ressa, Ging Reyes, and Sheila Coronel talk about journalism in the age of pandemic – and the opportunities a crisis brings

Digital disinformation is as potent as a virus during a pandemic
Fatima Gaw March 20, 2020

Information warfare knows no pandemic. Keep your guard up against the disinformation virus.
The Video: PNP to fake news sources: Wag niyo kaming subukan, hahabulin namin kayo
Mar 20, 2020

The media is important for a vibrant democracy
Rob Julian M. Maghinang February 20, 2020

'By threatening to shut down the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler, and ABS-CBN, Duterte is trying to discourage any discussions that do not fall in line with his views'

HIGHLIGHTS: Forum on weaponizing the law vs democratic dissent
February 23, 2020 - with Videos
Legal experts, civil society organizations, and sectoral groups gather in an international forum to talk about how 'lawfare'

Media and lawfare: Journalists 'woke up to a storm' under Duterte administration
Jene-Anne Pangue February 22, 2020
'2020 should be the time for action, and should be a time for reflection that leads to very concrete steps,' says Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria

Sereno slams silent Duterte critics as enablers
Lian Buan February 22, 2020 - with Video
'By refusing to tax him on his sworn duty to promote justice, these sectors abet the continued desecration and demolition of institutions of justice and accountability,' says former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
In a bold speech that accused President Rodrigo Duterte of killing the Philippine Constitution, former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno slammed the silent critics as enablers of what she called an anti-reason and anti-science government.

NUJP urges Filipinos to uphold press freedom amid attacks vs ABS-CBN
December 31, 2019

The group also decries President Rodrigo Duterte’s fresh tirade hurled against broadcast giant ABS-CBN

Multi-stakeholder group launches national plan for safety of journalists
November 22, 2019 - with Video

The Philippine Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists is launched on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre.
A group composed of members of media, the government, the academe, and civil society launched the Philippine Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists (PPASJ) on Friday, November 22.

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CMFR calls out Duterte gov't on attacks vs press
Vernise L Tantuco November 23, 2019
CMFR Executive Director Melinda Quintos de Jesus says it is necessary to 'clear the air' in order for plans on the safety of journalists to be properly implemented

Malacañang: We will put an end to attacks on journalists
Lian Buan November 23, 2019 - with Video
In the first 3 years of the Duterte administration, at least 128 threats and attacks against members of the press are recorded

International committee begins talks on data privacy, disinformation
May 28, 2019

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg do not attend the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy, and Democracy despite being summoned by the Canadian Parliament

WATCH: International Grand Committee hearing on big data, privacy, and democracy with Video


Cutting through the noise
Sep 22, 2019

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Keen, Google's Irene Jay Liu, and Democracy & Disinformation consortium convenor John Nery discuss the responsibility of platforms in helping journalism survive and solutions to the 'crisis of democracy'


WATCH: Pahayag, A Forum on Media Freedom and Responsibility
April 29, 2019

The forum attended by students and campus journalists from a broad range of universities.
The forum, organized by the British and Canadian embassies in Manila – in partnership with the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Miriam College, St Paul University, and University of the Philippines' College of Mass Communication – will bring together Filipino and international journalists and media professionals to share their experiences and thoughts on media freedom and responsibility.

UK, Canada underscore role of free press in fostering democracies
Janella Paris April 30, 2019
'A free and responsible media is fundamental to an open and democratic society,' says British Ambassador Daniel Pruce at a forum on press freedom and responsibility at the Ateneo de Manila University

Rappler team portfolio shortlisted in Data Journalism Awards 2019
May 21, 2019

Rappler's team portfolio, a series of data stories on social media, disinformation, and democracy, was shortlisted in the Data Journalism Awards 2019.
It was nominated for the "Best data journalism team portfolio (Large newsroom)" category.

Rappler investigation into war on drugs wins 2019 Global Shining Light Award
Jodesz Gavilan September 29, 2019 - with Video

The 6-month investigation found strong indications that police were outsourcing killings.
Rappler journalist, Patricia Evangelista (4th from right), received the 2019 Global Shining Light Award of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) on behalf of the Rappler team that worked on "Murder in Manila", an investigative series on President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-illegal drugs campaign.

Why investigations are important
Chay F. Hofileña October 02, 2019
Please oblige me as I share with you the most recent victory we had in Hamburg at the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) conference last September 28. Our team, led by multimedia journalist Patricia Evangelista, won the 2019 Global Shining Light Award for our 7-part series titled, Murder in Manila

Duterte supporters call for attacks on Rappler newsroom, journalists
February 22, 2019

'Bomb Rappler office, rape Maria Ressa' – these are just among the comments posted after a Facebook Live broadcast of pro-administration bloggers from Rappler premises on Thursday, February 21

Mocha Uson, another pro-Duterte blogger who resigned as government communications executive to run for party-list congresswoman, soon reposted Lopez’s video.

Facebook accounts campaigning for Duterte's senatorial bet, former national police chief Ronald dela Rosa, also immediately shared the video.

Attacks against media in 2018
Alex Evangelista December 14, 2018

Cases of intimidation and violence against journalists continue to spread with the persisting 'climate of hatred' against journalism globally.
“More and more democratically-elected leaders no longer see the media as part of democracy’s essential underpinning, but as an adversary to which they openly display their aversion”

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Why we need to support free media in era of fake news
Daniel Pruce February 08, 2019

As Winston Churchill said, 'A free press is the unsleeping guardian of every other right that free men prize; it is the most dangerous foe of tyranny'

Any journalist's silence amid attacks vs press the ‘biggest insult’
Pia Ranada February 11, 2019

University of the Philippines journalism professor Danilo Arao also slams Malacañang's media security task force for its 'deafening silence' on President Rodrigo Duterte's attacks against the press and called on members of the media to be more outspoken against threats to press freedom, calling silence an “insult.”

Rappler’s Patricia Evangelista wins Hildegarde broadcast journalism award
April 25, 2019

The theme of the 13th Hildegarde Awards for Women in Media and Communication 'recognizes women media practitioners who served and paved the way in improving the welfare of the youth'

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Maria Ressa, other journalists to be honored at Times Square NYE
Mara Cepeda December 30, 2018

Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins says it is fitting to honor free press and free speech in one of the world's most famous public squares as the world welcomes 2019

Watch: Maria Ressa, other journalists at Times Square NY for Ball Drop
Mara Cepeda January 01, 2019 - with Video
Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins says it is fitting to honor free press and free speech in one of the world's most famous public squares as the world welcomes 2019

The Videos: Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Drop, Maria Ressa and Joel Simon of CPJ at Times Square, New York
Dec 31, 2018
The Times Square New Year's Eve 2019 Charity Honoree is the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom and the safety of journalists around the globe.

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa urges journalists to 'stand together' against disinformation
December 31, 2018
Ressa, who is among the journalists to be honored at the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Drop, calls on journalists to 'move away from competition' in the face of disinformation and attacks to press freedom


Maria Ressa wins Tully Award for Free Speech
April 10, 2019
The annual award from the Tully Center for Free Speech at the Newhouse School in Syracuse University is given 'to a journalist who has shown courage in facing a free speech threat'

Maria Ressa wins surprise award at inaugural BOLD Awards
April 09, 2019
The BOLD Awards aims to shine a spotlight on bold and breakthrough projects in a number of fields, such as crowdsourcing, open innovation, and other technology-related sectors

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Freedom on the Net 2018:
The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism
Fake news, data collection, and the challenge to democracy
By Adrian Shahbaz

E.g.: Score declines in the Philippines led to status downgrades. The Philippines slipped from Free to Partly Free as content manipulation and cyberattacks threatened to distort online information.

Maria Ressa, Bishop David receive Ka Pepe Diokno Human Rights Awards
Mara Cepeda February 26, 2019

UPDATED Bishop Pablo David does not attend the awarding ceremony after receving a number of death threats in the past week

Robredo : Maria Ressa, Bishop David prove 'fight for human rights not a lost cause'
Mara Cepeda February 26, 2019
Vice President Leni Robredo praises Rappler CEO Maria Ressa for her 'revolutionary' resilience and Bishop Pablo David for his compassion

Look the Videos in the album "Ka Pepe Diokno Human Rights Awards":

Leni Robredo delivers keynote address at Diokno Awards
Maria Ressa, Bishop David receive Ka Pepe Diokno Human Rights Awards

Journalism when caught between right-wing extremism and military authoritarianism
April 05, 2019 - with Videos e.g.:
Journalism when caught between right-wing extremism and military authoritarianism
This session explores the crises of journalism and freedom of expression globally in term of the quandary in which we find ourselves, faced by religious and ideological extremism (e.g. Islamist extremism, White supremacy, racism, etc.) on the one hand, and “national security” concerns and measures (e.g. immigration, Trumpism, counter-terrorism, growing constraints on freedom of expression) on the other.
In this context, the daily execution of journalism’s fundamental mandate, speaking truth to power, is increasingly under sustained pressure. Media experts from across the globe will discuss the crises – how it impacts the business, modern storytelling, the impact on our audiences and the very ethics of our work - and how we can navigate the future.
Con: Zaffar Abbas (editor Dawn), Yavuz Baydar (editor-in-chief Ahval), Fatemah Farag (founder Welad Elbalad Media ), Maria Ressa (CEO and executive editor Rappler)

The International Journalism Festival is a gathering of journalists around the world held annually in Perugia, Italy. The 2019 edition will be held from April 3-7.
Con: Zaffar Abbas (editor Dawn), Yavuz Baydar (editor-in-chief Ahval), Fatemah Farag (founder Welad Elbalad Media ), Maria Ressa (CEO and executive editor Rappler), Maria Ressa
Rappler will air select discussions from the festival.

Maria Ressa, other journalists named Time 'Person of the Year' 2018
December 12, 2018 - with Video

All Time 'Person of the Year' honorees are journalists.

The Video in the album: FIGHT for Press & Speech Freedom and Journalism - Etc.:

Time's 2018 Person of the Year: 'Guardians and War on Truth'
Dec 12, 2018
Time magazine's 2018 person of the year are the "guardians and the war on truth." The group is made up of four journalists and a newspaper that Time says are representatives of a broader fight by countless others around the world.

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Maria Ressa accepts Tully Award, says sense of purpose 'sharper'
April 25, 2019
Rappler's Maria Ressa, recipient of the Tully Award for Free Speech, hopes to 'keep walking until I come out the other side, and hopefully the world is right-side up'

Duterte alluding to Maria Ressa Time cover? ‘Inyo na ‘yan’
Pia Ranada December 14, 2018 - with Video
'Time of the what, Time of the magazine, Time – ‘Woman of the Century’ and all, inyo na ‘yan, (you can have it)' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NUJP: Maria Ressa’s Time honor recognizes 'tenacity of PH press'
December 12, 2018
'The selection of Maria is a recognition of the resistance and tenacity of the Philippine press in upholding truth and fighting for the freedom of the Press and expression,' says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

PH press freedom 'robust,' says Malacañang after Time honors Maria Ressa
Pia Ranada December 12, 2018
'That's the call of the awarding organization. It has its basis for awarding certain people. Certainly we cannot intrude into that,' Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says of the choice of Maria Ressa as Time 'Person of the Year'
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said in response to questions in a Palace news briefing that the continued publication of reports critical of the Duterte administration should dispel notions that the government does not tolerate dissent.

Maria Ressa as Time 'Person of the Year': 'Light amidst the darkness'
December 12, 2018
'In this age of misinformation, it's from Maria Ressa and TIME's Persons of the Year that we find the courage, the strength, and the inspiration to continue fighting for truth,' says human rights lawyer Chel Diokno

First consultation meeting to address PH journalists' safety takes place
November 10, 2018
The first multi-stakeholder meeting was organized by the Asian Institute of Journalism Communication and the International Media Support
Robredo wants social media regulated to stop disinformation
Mara Cepeda March 21, 2019 - with Video

The Vice President says social media has become a tool to spread false information during the election season

Robredo: Regulate ‘organized' spread of false information online
Mara Cepeda March 21, 2019
Vice President Leni Robredo says she 'firmly' stands by the right to free speech, but this must be distinguished from the 'deliberate, organized, and large-scale dissemination of false information'

Media Freedom: Much more than just the media’s problem
Johanna Son May 08, 2018
From Cambodia and Myanmar to the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia, countries are facing challenges that are a mix of the usual ones such as hostile action from governments and the use of laws and the courts to limit space for media

House resolution seeks to adopt 'restrictive' rules on media coverage
Mara Cepeda September 24, 2018

UPDATED House committee on public information chairperson Ben Evardone says some of the provision will make it difficult for journalists to gain access to the House of Representatives.
A House Resolution (HR) No. 2149 has been filed seeking the adoption of proposed rules for media coverage that were previously criticized for being restrictive towards journalists.

Martires limits media access to Ombudsman cases
Lian Buan August 06, 2018

Martires hits the media: ’There is always a limit to that right to information, hindi porke nasa media tayo lahat na lang binubusisi natin o inuusisa natin’

To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining
Aram Sinnreich and Barbara Romzek, The Conversation July 13, 2018

The protection of user data now is necessary for the internet and its major services to evolve.

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Fighting 'fake news' with the law

Some countries are using legislation to fight the spread of 'fake news,' as critics warn of dangers to free speech and the media. Here's a look at the situation in a number of countries.

Fake news: the media industry strikes back

'Journalism's role as the 'gatekeeper' of what is and isn't news has always been controversial, of course. But we're now seeing just how bad things can get when that function breaks down,' says journalism professor John Huxford

Both by Agence France-Presse July 13, 2018

Fighting ‘fake news’ with the law
The Manila Times July 16, 2018

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, NUJP

FALSE: Photo of former NUJP chair 'connects' her to CPP-NPA-NDF
May 16, 2020
The photo of Rowena 'Weng' Carranza-Paraan was taken at an all-women media safety training in Cagayan de Oro City in March 2013

NUJP website latest target of 'coordinated campaign' vs critical news
Gelo Gonzales February 13, 2019
The website of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) became the latest target in an ongoing series of cyberattacks against alternative, critical news organizations.
Attacks continue after earlier hits on Bulatlat, Kodao Productions, and Pinoy Weekly.

NUJP slams 'orchestrated effort to intimidate us into silence'
January 08, 2019
'As they say, stupid is as stupid does,' the NUJP says of the allegation that it is a legal front of the Communist Party of the Philippines

NUJP website downed by 'massive' denial of service attack
January 10, 2017
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines calls the cyberattacker an enemy 'of press freedom and of free expression'


in the album Truth, Trust, Democracy and Disinformation

Peter Pomerantsev on Facebook, truth, and the crisis of democracy
July 30, 2018

Maria Ressa talks to Peter Pomerantsev about the weaponization of social media
Facebook shares plunged by around 21% or almost $120 billion last week, the largest single drop in Wall Street history. It's another setback for the social media giant, which has faced mounting pressure to rid its pages of false information and propaganda.

The Power of Journalism 2018
May 24, 2018 - with Video

Norway-based Schibsted Media mounts "The Power of Journalism 2018," a discussion on the ripples that journalism causes in society.

The forum explore the "real-world" impact of journalism and recent revelations that have changed the media landscape. Practitioners also discuss how to boost the power of journalism in the future.

Duterte Dictionary

How Harry Roque interprets what the President says
Rappler reviews how Presidential Spokesperson Roque valiantly tried to soften the controversial statements and actions of President Rodrigo Duterte

Rappler Investigative Team June 29, 2018

Pia Ranada June 29, 2018
Two years of the Duterte presidency have come and gone and one thing is certain: Rodrigo Duterte is the country's most foul-mouthed chief executive so far. His expletive-peppered tirades are an almost daily reality. Once on a roll, he won't press the breaks for anyone, not even God. Insults are part of Duterte's performative style of governance, and even his diplomacy.

FVR congratulates 'Mr Mogato' for Pulitzer Prize
April 22, 2018

'This is, indeed, an outstanding achievement for any respected journalist – a reflection of the dedication, personal discipline, and hard work you put in your chosen vocation,' former president Fidel Ramos says in his congratulatory letter to veteran journalist Manny Mogato.
Since he, along with two other Reuters colleagues, won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the Duterte administration's bloody campaign against illegal drugs, everybody has been congratulating veteran journalist Manny Mogato.

What you need to know about state surveillance
Sofia Tomacruz March 10, 2018

The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte purchased communications surveillance equipment from the UK. What should citizens know about state in monitoring?


When Philippine media is threatened

Part 1 - Threats
Mar 28, 2018
In this short video, journalists Ezra Acayan, Ed Lingao, JC Gotinga, Pia Ranada, Jason Gutierrez and Inday-Espina Varona speak of the attack against the free press, and what will stop them from reporting.

Part 2
April 09, 2018
Photographer Ezra Acayan: 'I am human first before I am a journalist'
Award-winning photojournalist Ezra Acayan, who has been covering the drug war since 2016, speaks to Rappler's Patricia Evangelista in this video about biases, freedom, and why he continues to follow the dead

Part 3
April 16, 2018
Reporter Pia Ranada: 'If I can be targeted, so can any one else who is critical'
In this video, the third in a series of conversations about press freedom, Ranada talks about the ban against coverage, the string of threats, and the lonely business of reporting on the President.

Part 4
April 23, 2018
Journalist Ed Lingao: 'You have to fight back'
In this video, the fourth in a series of conversations about press freedom, broadcast journalist Ed Lingao speaks of patriotism, confronting online trolls, and a journalist's duty to combat fake news.
He is a veteran broadcaster who concedes that there is less trust in Philippine media. The irony, he adds, is in the fact journalists who could never be trusted before are now celebrated as examples of journalistic integrity.
“We’re all paid hacks,” says Ed Lingao, of how reporters are viewed today. “We’re all yellow journalists. We’re all idiots.”

Part 5
Journalists on press freedom: Be afraid, but do the job
Patricia Evangelista May 02, 2018
In this video, the last in a series of conversations about press freedom, journalists Ed Lingao, Jason Gutierrez, Inday Espina-Varona, Ezra Acayan, and JC Gotinga speak about facing threats against the press, and why it's important to keep reporting
The threat against press freedom, say local journalists, emanates from the republic’s highest office.

Remark this is an album in the album Press & Speech Freedom and Journalism - Etc.


Intrepid Journalist, Maria Ressa, at Forefront of Media Innovation in the Philippines
International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) Nov 8, 2018

ICFJ’s 2018 Knight International Journalism Award Winner Maria Ressa is a crusading editor and digital trailblazer in the Philippines. Her popular news site has reported on the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte and his government’s brutal war on drugs. As founder and executive editor of Rappler, Ressa has been at the forefront of both investigative journalism and media innovation. She is now fighting the government’s move to revoke Rappler’s license and thus silence it on grounds that the site is owned by foreigners, a charge Ressa calls ridiculous.

Lewd gov't official verbally harasses reporter
May 20, 2018

The government official also has a habit of pausing in the middle of press briefings to 'compliment' female reporters.

We’re not here to be your friends
Pia Ranada March 10, 2018

It's time we call out reporters who are overly chummy with government officials, who ride the wave of this administration's popularity at the cost of critical and impartial reporting and commentary.

What is News Now? 2018 East West Center International Media Conference
June 25, 2018 - with Video

The intersection of media, technology and social change has brought profound disruption to the business of news and storytelling.

Duterte admits being a dictator

Duterte: If I won't be a dictator, nothing will happen to PH
Pia Ranada February 09, 2018 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte had previously said that becoming a dictator would dishonor his late mother, a prominent activist against the Marcos regime.
AMID fears of looming autocrat rule under his watch, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, February 7, admitted to imposing a "dictatorial" style of governance.
Duterte said he prefers to act like a "dictator" to be able to sustain the country's progress.
"If you say dictator, I am really a dictator. If I don't act (like a) dictator, son of a b****, nothing will happen to this country," the President said in Visayan.
"That's true. If I don't act (like a) dictator, which is my style now, nothing will happen to this country," he added.

Official Gazette

the official journal of the Republic of the Philippines.

Presidential Communications Group or simply the Communications Group
a collective name for the newly formed offices within the Office of the President of the Philippines and refers to the following positions and offices: the Presidential Spokesman and the Presidential Communications Office (formerly the Office of the Press Secretary).

Philippines News Agency - PNA
the official news agency in the Philippines
Republic Act No. 6713

This Act shall be known as the "Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees."

IRR RA 6713

NUJP slams cyberattack on Kodao Productions' website
February 02, 2018 is known for covering the peace process between the Philippine government and the NDFP, as well as issues about indigenous peoples, human rights, environmental issues

Harry Roque pirouettes for Duterte
Carmela Fonbuena February 14, 2018

The Presidential Spokesman changes his tune on at least 3 issues he championed as private lawyer – the West Philippine Sea, extrajudicial killings, and press freedom

How media outlets get their license to operate
Sofia Tomacruz January 18, 2018

As private companies, media entities must register with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Bloggers for Freedom: Time to choose between democracy, dictatorship
Bea Cupin January 19, 2018

'Now is a time for making choices amid battles between truth and lies, debate and dissonance, democracy and dictatorship,' the bloggers say in their manifesto of support.
Callling themselves “Bloggers for Freedom,” the 59 bloggers issued a manifesto of support on Friday, January 19, to signify their support for free speech in the country, which is under threat of closure after publishing reports critical of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

From Marcos to Duterte: How media was attacked, threatened
Jodesz Gavilan January 17, 2018

Press freedom is a continuous battle in the Philippines.

The recent move of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is one of the worst since Martial Law.

A dangerous place
Vergel O. Santos December 23, 2017

The Philippines is actually one of the world's most dangerous places not just for journalists but for its very own people.
The international organization Reporters Without Borders has rated the Philippines as the most dangerous place for journalists in Asia and among:

LOOK: the 5 most dangerous in the world

Over 100 attacks vs journalists since Duterte assumed office – monitor
Rambo Talabong May 03, 2019 - with Video
The Freedom for Media, Freedom for All Network says it has monitored at least 128 attacks and threats against members of the press since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office.

Davao journalist arrested for owning unlicensed gun
July 25, 2019

Journalists in Mindanao say they want to defend themselves but legally owning a gun is difficult because of the island-wide martial law. They say: 'If we try to defend ourselves, we go to jail. If we do not, we die.'
Major Bembo Lopez Aying, the Mati City police chief, identified the arrested broadcaster as Ezperanzo Nishiguchi.

LOOK: the 5 most dangerous in the world

Malacañang Press, Presidential Communications Operations Office, PCOO     

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Republic Act No. 6713

This Act shall be known as the "Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees."

Presidential Communications Operations Office, PCOO

FAST FACTS: What is the PCOO?
The PCOO is the lead communications arm of the Government and a vehicle of understanding for a well-informed and enlightened citizenry, proud of its heritage and attuned to global realities.

PCOO sets up Global Media Affairs Office to respond to foreign media
Pia Ranada November 12, 2018
Former TV5 reporter JV Arcena is picked to head the new office, envisioned to become a 'press attaché division' once an executive order reverting the PCOO to the Office of the Press Secretary is signed

Test for Andanar: Can he stop fake news, hate speech from pro-Duterte accounts?
Pia Ranada January 31, 2018
PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar has promised to talk to the 'communications core group' of President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign in order to reach rabid pro-Duterte bloggers.

Excessive or not? Martin Andanar's 10 trips abroad
Pia Ranada January 13, 2018 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte has fired another official for making fewer foreign trips than Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. Does Duterte's rule on limiting travels abroad apply to him?

Roque says reduction in PCOO personnel, not tiff with Andanar, caused transcript delay
Pia Ranada January 09, 2018 - with Video
The contracts of some PCOO personnel, including those belonging to a transcribing division, are not renewed this year because the country is no longer the host of ASEAN.

Andanar abolishes PCOO StratComm office
Pia Ranada May 31, 2017
Thirteen Strategic Communications Office personnel are reassigned to an office under the direct supervision of PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar


Rights groups blast Andanar's 'perilous' attempts to 'mislead' U.N. council
Sofia Tomacruz March 01, 2020

'Secretary Andanar again performed a show abundant in spins, slants, and distractions,' says National Union of Peoples' Lawyers president Edre Olalia

PCOO meeting with Reporters Without Borders not so 'fruitful' after all?
Jodesz Gavilan February 25, 2020

Daniel Bastard, Reporters Without Borders Asia Pacific desk head, recalls telling Communications Secretary Martin Andanar that they can agree to disagree

Life and times of Malacañang Press Corps
PIA RANADA August 19, 2017

This group of journalists assigned to Malacañang can claim a rich and colorful history of covering Philippine presidents.
Perhaps at no other time in its history has the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) attracted so much public attention as during the Duterte administration.

Netizens ask PCOO: Who is 'Rogelio' Golez? Is he from 'Norwegia'?
Kaye Cabal June 15, 2018

The Presidential Communications Operations Office draws flak yet again for using the wrong name for the late National Security Adviser Jose Roilo Golez in its media releases.

Yesterday, it's Norwegia. Today, Rogelio.

Who's 'Winston' Gatchalian? PCOO makes another online blunder
Michael Bueza June 23, 2018
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian points out the mistake himself.

Its third mistake in just over a week.

Why the rushed media arrangement for Duterte's Japan trip?
Pia Ranada October 28, 2017

A source privy to the arrangements says the presidential trip was initially planned for in-house coverage only.
The media and the government’s Media Accreditation Relations Office (MARO) an office under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) scrambled to arrange media coverage of the President’s trip. Reporters were dismayed because unlike in past foreign trips, the MARO appeared to be not as prepared to arrange coverage.
Unlike in the past, there was initially no effort to help arrange airfare and hotel accommodations. For this trip, reporters were initially told they would have to arrange their hotel and flights on their own and MARO personnel would only assist them in the coverage of events.

Andanar says EU officials critical of Duterte need more sex
Pia Ranada Updated October 25, 2017 - with Video

The President’s communication chief calls the EU officials ‘palaiyot,’ a Bisaya term used to describe people who frequently have sex. He advises them to just have more sex rather than criticize Duterte.

Walden Bello loses respect for ‘drunk with power’ Andanar
Mara Cepeda October 27, 2017

Laban ng Masa chair Walden Bello says PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar's ethical base as a journalist was 'not firm'

Lorraine Badoy offered PCOO usec, spokesperson post
Pia Ranada October 18, 2017

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar confirms that the controversial online Duterte defender has been offered the position of PCOO undersecretary for new media and spokesperson

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Inside Martin Andanar's man cave
Chay F. Hofileña January 26, 2017

An apologist of the President and a public official who gets paid by taxpayers’ money, Andanar is embarking on a

dangerous path of propaganda and media control.

Look above Republic Act No. 6713

The Videos:

Andanar on accrediting bloggers to cover Malacañang
Feb 2, 2017

Malacañang Press Corps grill PCOO official on bloggers' accreditation
August 10, 2017

Accredited bloggers 'encouraged' to follow journalism ethics
Jodesz Gavilan August 12, 2017
Malacañang will check the veracity of the reports of bloggers who are allowed to cover presidential events, says Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

Nothing stopping accredited bloggers from cursing, lying online, Malacañang says
Pia Ranada August 10, 2017
In order to protect bloggers' right to freedom of expression, the interim social media policy of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) doesn't stop accredited bloggers from using foul language or peddling fake news.

Andanar approves 'interim policy' for accrediting bloggers
Pia Ranada August 10, 2017
'Social media practitioners' 18 years old or above who have at least 5,000 followers and generate news about President Rodrigo Duterte may be given accreditation.

Draft Palace policy: No lies, foul language for bloggers
Pia Ranada February 22, 2017
Bloggers who apply for Palace accreditation must commit to publishing only 'truthful and accurate' information, according to a draft PCOO memorandum circular.

Palace crafting 'social media policy' for bloggers
Pia Ranada February 20, 2017
The policy will allow bloggers 'to be recognized as legitimate sources of information' and provide a 'system of accreditation,' says the Presidential Communications Operations Office.

Veteran bloggers push criteria for Malacañang accreditation
February 13, 2017
Longtime bloggers weigh in on the Malacañang media accreditation debate

A runaway train
Vergel O. Santos February 03, 2017
'I can imagine it's not difficult for [Martin Andanar] to have felt legitimized' when he was enlisted as newspaper columnist. 'Now he's thinking of legitimizing bloggers as members of the press themselves.'
I've never seen that freedom so untenably stretched out of context.

NUJP backs Rappler journalist, slams 'hollow block' threat
November 06, 2017

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines denounces the 'patent ignorance and arrogance' of dwIZ host and pro-Duterte blogger RJ Nieto
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) expressed support for Rappler's Malacañang reporter Pia Ranada, who was threatened by a pro-administration blogger on his radio program.
The group also said it would back Ranada if she chooses to file criminal and civil charges against RJ Nieto.

Thinking Pinoy blogger RJ Nieto indicted for cyber libel
June 30, 2018
The Pasay City Prosecutor's Office recommends the filing of a libel case against Nieto, who earlier alleged on his Facebook page that US President Donald Trump called Senator Antonio Trillanes IV a drug lord

Cayetano defends 'official' bloggers with him at UN
Paterno Esmaquel II October 19, 2017 - with Video

'Kung wala ang bloggers, paano 'yung coverage namin?' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano
Pro-Duterte blogger Rey Joseph Nieto, also known as Thinking Pinoy, was among those who flew to New York using taxpayers' money.
Cayetano confirmed that the government used public funds to shoulder Nieto's airfare and allowances in New York.

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State-sponsored hate: The rise of the pro-Duterte bloggers
Part 1 Natashya Gutierrez August 18, 2017

Pro-Duterte bloggers receive unusual privileges from the Presidential Communications Operations Office to consolidate support for the president and silence critics

Part 2:

Blogger-propagandists, the new crisis managers
Natashya Gutierrez August 20, 2017
In many ways, pro-Duterte bloggers do the job of the PCOO especially when it comes to managing backlash against the administration and promoting government programs

'We deserve better'

Martin, stop being an embarrassment to the Bisaya!

Martin, please don't include us in your stupidity. Admit that your lies were exposed. And seek forgiveness from the journalists, including Trillanes and the other senators.


Martin, ayaw intawon paka-ulawi ang mga Bisaya!

Martin ayaw na mi intawon i-apil sa imong kabuang. Angkona na nga nabisto ang imong pambutbut ug pangayo na ug pasaylo sa mga peryodista, apila na pud si Trillanes ug uban pang mga senador.

Both: Patricio N. Abinales February 24, 2017

Resigned PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson

September 30, 2019

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Pro-Duterte blogger Banat By takes over Mocha Uson’s Twitter account
Alois Isinika 21 July 2020

Netizens on Tuesday, July 21, pointed out that the Twitter account of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson (@MochaUson) was taken over by another blogger, Banat By (@BanatByOfficial).
Twitter user @AltABSCBN, who is “subscribed” to Uson’s tweets, shared that s/he was surprised when s/he suddenly received a notification from Banat By.

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FACT CHECK: Can PCOO reclassify Rappler as 'Social Media' under Uson?
November 07, 2017

Because the Constitution guarantees freedom of the press, government does not have the power to regulate independent media.

Poe hits Mocha's attempt to 'reclassify' Rappler as social media
November 09, 2017
Senator Grace Poe says, 'The PCOO should welcome objective and fair coverage from the press'

Malacañang Press Corps slams Mocha Uson's bid to ‘reclassify’ Rappler
November 08, 2017
'The MPC deplores any attempt to curtail press freedom and will continue to ensure a strong free press, keep the public informed, and the government in check,' the MPC says in response to the move of Asec Mocha Uson to expel Rappler from the organization

'Mocha Uson Blog' is unavailable on Facebook
March 20, 2020

It is unclear if the page was taken down by Facebook, "Mocha Uson Blog" or if Uson deactivated her page.
There was, however, a movement on Twitter to take the page down on Friday night, as the hashtag "#MochaUsonIsOverParty" trended in the Philippines and worldwide, with users posting screenshots of how to report her page to Facebook.

Mocha Uson on defensive over misleading Marawi photo from PCOO-managed page
Stacy de Jesus October 23, 2017

Mocha Uson, an assistant secretary at the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), on Sunday, October 22, posted a photo of a clean and calm Marawi, with a caption saying, "Grabe naman ang bilis naman kumilos ng gobyerno." (Impressive how fast our government works.)
The photo, however, was not taken after Marawi City was declared “liberated” by President Rodrigo Duterte on October 17.

It was a photo taken by Rappler correspondent Bobby Lagsa on May 25, 2017 – the 3rd day of the Marawi siege.

PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson resigns
Pia Ranada October 03, 2018 - with Video

Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson announces her resignation during the Presidential Communications Operations Office budget hearing at the Senate

Mocha Uson not off the hook, Ombudsman probe continues
Lian Buan October 04, 2018
Administrative guilt comes with the accessory penalty of perpetual disqualification from holding public office

Mocha Uson’s resignation long overdue 'but whiff of fresh air'
Mara Cepeda October 03, 2018 - with Video
'Government service, while it is about trust, it is also about accountability. And that is what is sorely lacking from her,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate

Mocha Uson's blogger accreditation policy? 'Wala na 'yun,' says Andanar
Pia Ranada October 03, 2018
PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar says the policy was never implemented to begin with

Mocha resigned? Netizens doubt it's her last act
October 03, 2018
Speculations on why the controversial ex-communications official stepped down flood Twitter

FAST FACTS: Who is resigned Mocha Uson?
May 11, 2017
The sexy star turned political blogger has been appointed assistant secretary of the government's communication arm.
In her new role, Uson will help in relaying the government's accomplishments and messages to Filipinos and to the media, which she had previously criticized and called "presstitutes" – a play on the words "press" and "prostitutes."

Mocha Uson's party linked to pork barrel scam
Pia Ranada October 15, 2018
Controversial former assistant secretary Mocha Uson is running for party-list representative under the AA-Kasosyo party. But this party, back in 2011, channelled its pork barrel funds to a bogus NGO of pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles.

Mocha Uson to run in 2019 polls
October 08, 2018
'Bibigyan ko po ng boses ang ordinaryong Pilipino kaya oo, tatakbo na ako!' Mocha Uson says

Malacañang won't object if Ombudsman dismisses Mocha Uson
Pia Ranada September 20, 2018 - with Video
But asked if President Rodrigo Duterte himself will fire the communications assistant secretary even before the Ombudsman's decision, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says, 'As of now, no'

CHR investigating 'appalling, unacceptable' mockery of deaf people on video
Jodesz Gavilan September 19, 2018
The investigation follows a complaint against Mocha Uson and Drew Olivar from the Philippine Federation of the Deaf. Look MUCH MORE HERE

Zarate reminds Andanar: Mocha Uson paid with public funds
Pia Ranada September 06, 2018 - with Video
Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate finds it strange that Uson is not held accountable for her actions, yet other government officials get fired or are forced to resign for alleged offenses.

Duterte says 'overboard' Mocha Uson still has right to free speech
Pia Ranada September 03, 2018
'There are things na tingin ko na medyo nasobrahan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about controversial assistant secretary Mocha Uson

Officials ask Duterte to fire Mocha Uson from PCOO – source
Pia Ranada August 20, 2018
A letter from 9 PCOO officials, handed to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, asks for the assistant secretary's removal from their agency

Mocha in PDP-Laban slate? Alvarez has long admired her – Pimentel
Camille Elemia November 21, 2017
'Matagal na siyang humahanga kay Mocha,' Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says jokingly

Mocha Uson's Senate qualification? ‘Genuine heart for Filipinos,’ says Alvarez
November 20, 2017
Pantaleon Alvarez, House Speaker and PDP-Laban secretary-general, says he believes Mocha Uson, who has 5.4 million followers on Facebook, 'would be a very good candidate'

Duterte on Mocha Uson as Senate bet: 'Let the people decide'
Michael Bueza November 19, 2017 - with Video
'If that guy or woman is elected by the people, then you have to honor that choice,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Mocha Uson's Senate winnability a 'no-brainer' – Andanar
Bea Cupin November 18, 2017
Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has more than 5.4 million social media 'followers,' but it is unclear how many of them have fake or genuine identities on Facebook

Mocha Uson says she has no plans to run for senator, but...
November 17, 2017
After PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez announces her name, the controversial Duterte online defender says she'll only consider running if the President asks her to.


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Poe asks: Is it time to ‘shut down’ Mocha Uson blog?
Jan 29, 2018

Because of possible conflict of interests, should Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson’s controversial blog be “shut down” or should she just stay in private sector so she could freely speak her mind?

Groups slam Uson for red-tagging Lumad rights organizations
Jodesz Gavilan October 30, 2018

Former communications assistant secretary Mocha Uson is again under fire for linking organizations advocating indigenous peoples’ (IP) rights to communist rebels during a program held inside the University of the Philippines Diliman campus.
One of the supposed Lumad at Mocha Uson's 'protest' at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus is linked to a paramilitary group, say Lumad rights advocates


Ding Generoso on Mocha Uson, federalism info drive
August 06, 2018
Consultative Committee spokesperson Ding Generoso talks to Rappler about reactions to Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson's role in the federalism information drive and how the government seeks to better inform Filipinos about the draft federal constitution.

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Grace Poe wants Senate probe into federalism info campaign
August 10, 2018 - with Video
Public 'officials must at all times exercise professionalism in the performance of their functions,' Senator Grace Poe says in her resolution

Mocha Uson breached gov't ethics code, admits PCOO's Badoy
Pia Ranada August 09, 2018
Yet despite the violation, the controversial assistant secretary will so far only be issued a 'written reminder' to 'align with the laws regarding gender' Look RA 6713

PCOO official calls on Mocha Uson to apologize, go on leave
Pia Ranada August 07, 2018
'As a public servant and being part of the PCOO family, I take great offense in Ms Uson’s actions,' says Philippine Information Agency director-general Harold Clavite

Duterte 'very cool' about Mocha Uson federalism video
Pia Ranada August 07, 2018
'He’s a believer in freedom of expression... To him, it was not really a big thing,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque about President Duterte's reaction to the latest Mocha Uson controversy

Con-Com 'up in arms' over Mocha Uson federalism video
Consultative Committee chairman Reynato Puno clarifies to members that he never authorized tapping Mocha Uson for the information drive, says a source

Medialdea annoyed by Mocha Uson federalism video controversy
No less than Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea is unhappy about the controversy sparked by Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson's federalism jingle

Mocha Uson should 'lie low' in federalism drive – Con-Com spokesman
Previously enthusiastic about Uson's role in the information drive, Consultative Committee spokesman Ding Generoso now says the assistant secretary should give the topic of federalism 'a rest'

Andanar blames Con-Com spokesman for Mocha Uson fiasco
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar confronts Ding Generoso, but hasn't been able to discuss the matter with Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, his own staff member

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Pimentel hits Mocha Uson over lewd, 'bullshit' federalism dance
August 06, 2018 - with Video
Uson should be removed from the government's federalism campaign, says Senator Koko Pimentel

Celebs on Mocha's federalism video: 'We pay people like them for this?'
August 06, 2018
Actresses Chai Fonacier, Agot Isidro, Ethel Booba, among others, hit Mocha Uson and blogger Drew Olivar over the lewd jingle-and-dance video on federalism

Why don't you just say sorry, Mocha?
August 06, 2018
From rage to unprintable words, netizens react to Mocha Uson's video on federalism

'Remove PCOO budget, use it for what Filipinos need'
Mara Cepeda and Camille Elemia August 06, 2018
Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson's federalism video is 'not the first time that the PCOO made a fool of itself'

Zero budget for PCOO? 'Huwag naman po,' says Roque
Pia Ranada August 07, 2018 - with Video
'PCOO... is providing an indispensable role,' Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says in defense of the government agency

Mocha Uson is a disgrace to public officials
Marites Dañguilan Vitug June 09, 2018

But her conduct is completely acceptable to Duterte. Hyperpartisanship at the expense of public interest is the new norm in government.


Mocha Uson, 'Fake News Queen'?
May 14, 2018

In Fact or Fake Joseph Morong will interview none other than Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary for social media: Mocha Uson. What does Asec. Uson think of people calling her the fake news queen?

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Youth group to Ombudsman: Dismiss Mocha Uson over fake news
Lian Buan April 02, 2018 - with Video

The complainants say Uson's propensity for fake news makes her guilty of grave misconduct, serious dishonesty, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

Youth leaders harassed online after seeking Mocha Uson’s dismissal
Mara Cepeda April 07, 2018
Akbayan Youth shares screenshots of some of the hate comments, which are calling for the student leaders to get raped or killed

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Sack Mocha for spreading fake news, youth leaders ask Ombudsman
Apr 1, 2018
Youth and student leaders filed on Monday an administrative complaint against Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux “Mocha” Uson for allegedly using her position to proliferate “fake news” and silence the critics of the government.

Kris Aquino to Mocha Uson: You've crossed the line
June 05, 2018

Kris Aquino lashed out against Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson on June 5, telling the former entertainer that she "crossed the line" when she dragged Kris' parents in defending President Rodrigo Duterte.
Kris, youngest daughter of the late former president Corazon "Cory" Aquino and opposition icon Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr, was reacting to Mocha's reposting of old footage of her father moments before he was assassinated.

No apology from Mocha? Duterte says he respects her right to free speech
Pia Ranada June 07, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte says he isn't angry with Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson because her right to free speech is 'sacred'

WATCH: Kris Aquino appeals to Bong Go after Mocha Uson refuses to apologize
June 06, 2018 - with Video
'I want to end this just by saying, 'Mocha, you win'

No apology in Mocha Uson's response to Kris Aquino
Pia Ranada June 06, 2018
UPDATED 'I decline to apologize for the truth,' says Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in response to the 'Queen of All Media'

Here's Kris Aquino's message to Bong Go on Mocha Uson
Pia Ranada June 06, 2018
The message from the influential celebrity prompts President Rodrigo Duterte to instruct his presidential aide to issue an apology.

Mocha Uson to apologize to Kris Aquino, says Bong Go
Pia Ranada June 06, 2018 - with Video
'Actually, ang sabi ni Mocha sa akin, ang purpose ng kanyang pag-upload is pinapakita niya na both leaders...are well-loved,' says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.

Kris Aquino vs Mocha Uson: Bong Go says 'sorry for incident'
June 06, 2018
'Thank you for taking my feelings as a daughter into consideration and showing me empathy,' Kris tells the top presidential aide.

WATCH: 'I'm ready for you. I don't know if you're ready for me' – Kris Aquino to Mocha Uson
June 06, 2018 - with Video
'This is about a woman who never knew [Cory and Ninoy]…but who continues to besmirch their name,' says Kris of Mocha

Mocha Uson shares graphic on Facebook misquoting Trudeau
Paige Occeñola November 16, 2017 - with Video

Secretary Mocha Uson shares a post misquoting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as saying, 'it is impossible to get the [Canadian garbage] back...' They appear to have heard wrong.

What is Mocha Uson's top source of news?

What is Trending News Portal (TNP) and what kind of content does it produce? Here's a closer look at the data.

part 2: The success, influence of Trending News Portal
TNP appears to be doing well, not just online but in the real world too. But without verification of published content, the dangers are apparent.

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Mocha Uson's Wikipedia page locked down after editing war
Victor Barreiro Jr. April 13, 2018

Attempts were made to edit or delete a subsection which recorded instances when Mocha Uson spread false or misleading information

UST student council denounces award given to Mocha Uson
January 21, 2018

According to UST's highest student government body, Uson does not deserve the award because 'she does not, in any way, embody the ideals of a real Thomasian.
The University of Santo Tomas Central Student Council (UST CSC) denounced the award given by the UST Alumni Association to Palace Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson on Sunday, January 21.

Why UST students lost their chill with Mocha’s award
PJ Foronda-Tanglao January 27, 2018
This outrage that erupted in UST needs to grow into a movement against fake news

Mocha returns UST alumni award
January 24, 2018Uson returns the award on January 24, before flying to India with President Rodrigo Duterte
After the uproar created by various groups within and outside the University of Santo Tomas (UST) community, Palace Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson decided to return the award given to her by the UST Alumni Association (USTAAI).

UST Alumni head resigns following reaction to award given to Mocha
January 23, 2018
USTAAI, however, says it will not rescind the award given to Uson.
UST Alumni Association Inc (USTAAI) President Henry Tenedero tendered his resignation on Tuesday, January 23, following the reaction from an award given to Palace Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson on January 21, The Varsitarian reported.

Mocha Uson never embodied Thomasian values – UST students
Eloisa Lopez January 23, 2018
'Tinututulan namin ang paggawad ng award ng Alumni Association sa isang propagandista ng rehimeng pumapatay at mukha ng black propaganda na si Mocha Uson,' says a UST student leader.

‘The Varsitarian’ asks UST alumni officers to resign over Mocha Uson’s award
January 22, 2018
Meanwhile, the UST Journalism Society calls for the revocation of the Palace assistant secretary's Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service.
The Varsitarian, the official student publication of the University of Santo Tomas, has called on the officers of the UST Alumni Association Incorporated to resign over its decision to honor Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

UST alumni outraged over Mocha Uson award
January 21, 2018
'Ang dami-dami pong Thomasians sa government service na nagtatrabaho ng totoo at naglilingkod sa bayan....This is more of an insult!'
Anger, disgust, bewilderment, or all of the above.
Some Thomasians are far from pleased with the award given by the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Alumni Association to entertainer-turned-government official Mocha Uson.
Their common sentiment – Uson does not deserve to receive the Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service.

October 21, 2017

These are the types of news that PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson likes to share.

From entertainer to blogger, to government official with salary grade 29 – it has been a quick climb to glory for Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson.

Racking up more than 5 million subscribers on Facebook and 150,000 followers on Twitter, Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, without a doubt, .

Grace Poe: Should Mocha Uson stay in government?
Pia Ranada January 30, 2018 - with Video
The senator also asks PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar if he ever considered 'shutting down' Uson's blog over conflict of interest issues.

Mocha Uson's Milan trip with Cayetano
Pia Ranada January 31, 2018
Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano again requests the presence of Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in an official trip abroad.
While her role in government and her controversial blog came into question during a Senate hearing on fake news, Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson was in Milan, Italy, with Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.

Roque to explain value of journalists to Mocha Uson, 'DDS'
Pia Ranada November 06, 2017 - with Video
'I hope Asec Mocha will accept being a student of the spokesperson,' says President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman

What's Mocha Uson doing at UN General Assembly in New York?
Pia Ranada September 21, 2017

Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is included in the Philippine delegation to the UN event which is not attended by President Rodrigo Duterte nor PCOO chief Martin Andanar

How Facebook algorithms impact democracy
Maria A. Ressa October 08, 2016 - with Video

Its algorithms decide what you see. And they don't distinguish fact from fiction.
For the 2016 Philippine presidential elections, Uson campaigned hard for her candidate, then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, onstage and on her Facebook page, which became one of his campaign’s most effective online political advocacy tool.

How much will Mocha Uson earn at the PCOO?
Camille Elemia May 10, 2017
The newly appointed assistant secretary for social media will get a monthly gross salary of P106,454, plus allowances and bonuses.

'Let that sink in': Filipinos react to Mocha Uson appointment
Nile Villa May 10, 2017
The celebrity blogger trends on Twitter as Filipinos, both the outraged and the pleased, weigh in on her appointment as PCOO assistant secretary.

Duterte on Mocha Uson: 'Utang na loob ko 'yan sa kanila'
May 12, 2017
UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte says it's his turn to believe in Mocha Uson, the new PCOO assistant secretary for social media, who supported his presidential bid
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Code of Ethics for gov't officials applies to Mocha Uson's blog
Pia Ranada May 12, 2017
Newly appointed assistant secretary Mocha Uson can no longer 'misbehave' in her blog.
Mocha Uson took care to declare on her popular Facebook page that all her posts there are about her personal views and not that of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
But given her new career, Uson should know that, as a public official, all her public posts impact public interest.
Since she is now a government official, Uson is bound by the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees,” otherwise known as Republic Act No 6713 .

Trillanes files criminal charges vs Mocha Uson
September 22, 2017
UPDATED 'The era of fake news is over,’ Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says after he filed criminal and administrative charges against Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson

Duterte on appointing Mocha: 'Ako naman may-ari ng Malacañang'
Paterno Esmaquel II May 13, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'May utang na loob ako. What's wrong in paying?'
President Rodrigo Duterte stressed that he is the "owner" of Malacañang as he defended his decision to appoint pro-Duterte blogger Mocha Uson as communications assistant secretary.

Mocha Uson named PCOO assistant secretary
May 09, 2017
The celebrity blogger and known Duterte supporter is given a post at the Presidential Communications Operations Office

'People's Palace' no more?
Online fury as Duterte says he 'owns' Malacañang
Rappler Social Media Team May 15, 2017

Netizens remind President Rodrigo Duterte that he once said he wanted to rename Malacañang Palace to 'People's Palace'

The curious case of the Mocha Uson blog
Carmel Veloso Abao November 05, 2016
Its main message is that President Duterte can do no wrong. This kind of citizen defense of a president is not desirable because it promotes personalistic instead of rational political discourse.

So what if Mocha Uson is not a journalist?
Jayeel Serrano Cornelio December 08, 2016
The battle for hearts and minds is no longer just a battle for the truth. It has become a battle in which noise and vitriol have become the most deadly weapons.

Facebook pages taken down after Mocha Uson check post
Paige Occenola January 05, 2017

Facebook pages Madam Claudia, Assortedge, and Mr. Obosen are taken down after posting about a check allegedly for Mocha Uson.
Another round of takedowns on Wednesday, January 4, hit 3 Facebook pages which are critical of the Duterte administration.

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Media of the Philippines
New law lets online, broadcast journalists protect their sources
Pia Ranada September 25, 2019

With the expansion of the 73-year-old Sotto law, online and broadcast journalists can't be compelled to reveal their sources, unless necessary for national security

Laws etc. About radio communication

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NTC Memorandum Circular No. 7-13-90
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the renamed Videogram Regulatory Board, VRB assigned to regulate the manufacture of optical media in all its forms and impose stiffer fines and penalties for its illegal reproduction.

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Anti-Cable Television and Cable Internet Tapping Act of 2013



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Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism - PCIJ

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PCIJ launches project to support creative storytelling
August 16, 2017
The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism launches The PCIJ Story Project

OFW Journalism Consortium

a global non-profit media service reporting on the migration experience of Filipinos as well as policies and other issues that concerns the overseas Filipino workers




Radio- and Televisionstations - Etc.


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The History of Philippine Television

Learn more about how Philippine television started with this video, which is part of the thesis submitted by Ellen Joy Anastacio and Janine Natalie Badiola to the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication. With interviews of Fr James Reuter, SJ, Dolphy, Romy Carballo, and Eddie Ilarde. Jun 6, 2012

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What is the Kapamilya Channel and where can you watch it?
July 13, 2020

ABS-CBN continues to air select programs – albeit in a limited capacity.
The Kapamilya Channel is on cable and satellite television through Sky Cable, Cablelink, G Sat, and most member-cable operators of the Philippine Cable Television Association (PCTA) nationwide. Access is also available via YouTube and the Facebook account of ABS-CBN.

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Digital television

broadcasts can be received through digital cable and direct broadcast satellite. Digital terrestrial television, DTT services are currently in development by the major broadcasting companies of the Philippines.

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Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting - Terrestrial, ISDB-T

the most advanced international standard on digital terrestrial television broadcasting

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TV Goes Digital,

Future Perfect and FULL HD and ISDB-T Digital Television

ISDB-T, Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting - Terrestrial

Digital Terrestrial Television experience!

The newest innovation of our television viewing experience has finally come here in the Philippines! ABS-CBN recently launched the ABS-CBN TV Plus. A transition from grainy analog to a more clearer television. Feb 14, 2015


DTV Pilipinas

a non-profit Filipino organization created for information about the future digital terrestrial television.

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The Roadmap of Philippines' Digital TV
ISDB-T Philippines - Virtual and Carrier Channels
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For Filipinos abroad: Radyo Tambuli virtual radio app

Radyo Tambuli offers daily news headlines, original Filipino music, and coverage of town hall-styled meetings, as well as interviews, opinion surveys, and children's stories

Radyo Tambuli is a virtual radio platform that can be downloaded through Android and iOS-based phones.


How to watch Pinoy TV online, including Pinoy TV channels.

All Pinoy TV channels are from the Philippines. Filipino TV Online on your PC.

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Cignal Digital TV is a subscription-based Direct-To-Home satellite television service provider in the Philippines. Cignal is owned by MediaScape, a wholly owned subsidiary of the MediaQuest Holdings, Inc. under the PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund.

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Voice of the Youth Network, VOTY

about encouraging our fellow Filipino Youth to believe in themselves in creating positive social change through ICT and media.

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TV Stations in Metro Cebu

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an international FM station operating in Metro Manila, Philippines. The station operates with the use of satellite which enable to broadcast anywhere in the world. The station is a registered business with license # 10-011538

My Pinoy TV, Your Internet TV

Did you miss your favorite Pinoy show? Do you live abroad without access to the shows you used to love back home? Do you work and have no time to catch your favorite serie when it airs on TV? If you answered yes to all of these questions, then My Pinoy TV is for you! On-demand access to Pinoy shows, movies and sports! Try it out for FREE!


isn't only heard on radio but now has its own TV feed, which we are in the process of improving in terms of content. It's a studio feed that you see most of the time but we'll soon have more video content.



A Story of Philippine's Oldest Radio Station

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Philippine Broadcasting Service
RMN: Radyo Mo Nationwide

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RMN Koronadal DXKR
National Broadcasting Network, Inc., NBN
Radio Philippines Network, Inc., RPN
ABS-CBN News television on the Internet

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The Filipino Channel, TFC

Through The Filipino Channel, ABS-CBN makes a difference in the lives of its subscribers and all Filipinos by providing a channel programming service that both informs and entertains.

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ABS-CBN, Media & Video
Joko Jun Radio - The Filipino Internet Radio

Metro Manila Radio Stations - jingles - ID's

A collection of station ID's, jingles, stingers, etc. of over 25 radio stations in Metro Manila.

Featured stations: Jam 88.3, Wave891, Magic 89.9, 90.7 Love Radio, 91.5 Energy FM, XFM 92.3, Monster Radio RX 93.1, 93.9 i-FM, Mellow 94.7, 96.3 Easy Rock, Brgy. LS 97.1, 97dot9 Home Radio, DZFE 98.7 The Master's Touch, 99.5RT, RJ 100, Yes! FM 101.1, 101.9 For Life!, 102.7 Star FM, 103.5 Max FM, DWBR 104.3 Business Radio, 105.1 Crossover, RJ UR 105.9, 106.7 Dream FM, NU 107 and 107.9 U-Radio

ETC - TV Channel

ETC is the TV destination for the fun, fierce and stylish youth. Seen on RPN 9, Sky 14, Destiny 14, Cable Link 12.

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a weekly television program of NET25, with Fil-Chi Media Productions as its production venture. CHInoyTV traces its roots to Chi which was premiered on IBC-13 in 2009. CHInoyTV is the first Filipino-Chinese Television show to air in HDTV technology by NET25.

The show mainly uses three languages: English, Filipino, and Mandarin Chinese however with English subtitles during CHInoy Plus.

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DZUP 1602, 1602 kHz in Metro Manila

a low-power AM campus radio station owned and operated by the University of the Philippines Diliman. It broadcasts from the Media Center of the College of Mass Communication, U.P. Diliman campus, in Quezon City. It is being used as a laboratory for the Broadcast Communication students of the university. Its programming includes music programs and request shows to informative segments and talk shows.

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Newspapers - Magazines - Etc.

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Rappler is an online news site based in the Philippines with a bureau in Jakarta, Indonesia. It started as a Facebook page called MovePH in August 2011 and later evolved into on January 1, 2012. along with web based text news content, it was also among the first news websites in the Philippines to extensively use online multimedia including video, pictures, text and audio. It also uses social media sites for news distribution


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Rappler, The Investigative Journal to partner on investigative reporting
July 09, 2019
The collaboration will see the coming together of two publishers with a shared belief in holding power to account through original, fact based, and investigative storytelling.
The UK-based journalism platform The Investigative Journal and Philippine news website Rappler announced a partnership on Monday, July 8, to jointly work on investigations and share content.

Beware of these websites masquerading as legit news sites
Gelo Gonzales November 03, 2016

These dubiously-named websites trick people into believing that they're affiliated with established news companies

VERA Files is published by veteran Filipino journalists taking a deeper look into current Philippine issues. Vera is Latin for “true.”

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The Philippines Free Press Online The nation’s oldest and most respected news weekly. Featuring digests of issues, and selected reportage and opinion writing from our past issues.

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Philippines News.Net, a stand-alone site covering news of the Philippines area, including stories from around the region and the state
Philippines News Agency

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Sun Star Cebu a local newspaper with link to all other parts of Philippines

Sunnex AVP with interviews and credits

Introducing #SunStarCompact

Sun Star 30th AVP

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Negros Daily Bulletin

Bacolod City Negros Occidental


Iloilo Metropolitan Times
Panay News

The Biggest Daily in the Visayas

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a weekly publication - La Trinidad, Benguet

Baguio Midland Courier
Gold Star Daily
The Philippine Online Chronicles

both a media network and news aggregator, a platform for alternative viewpoints and a synthesizer of ideas. Instead of the traditional journalistic practice of straightforward reportage, POC presents a multiplicity of perspectives in a single article. It reports facts of the news as well as viewpoints on the news.

Daigdig  Pinoy

an e-Magazine that focuses on the positive areas of the Philippines, namely: Philippine Festivals, Philippine Tourist spots, Filipino Achievers, Filipino Inventions and Innovations, Filipino Art and Culture, Philippine Entertainment, Herbal/Traditional Remedies, Local Food, and Business Opportunities and does not focus on politics, religion or controversial issues. Our E-magazine simply aims to promote and feature the “BEST OF THE PHILIPPINES”.




Iloko word meaning "dawn" is a weekly magazine by Liwayway Publications Inc. It contains serialized novels/comics, short stories, poetry, essays, news features, entertainment news and articles, among others, that are written in Ilokano, a language common in the northern regions

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The Magazine for Filipinos Worldwide
Pinoy Teens Online

We are Pinoy Teens New Media.
One of Philippines first Youth Sites ever.

Mindanao Magazine


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