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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

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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.

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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

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'


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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.

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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, and for Rappler, 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:

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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.

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Republic Act 7079, Campus Journalism Act of 1991

Does the Campus Journalism Act protect press freedom?
Sofia Tomacruz January 31, 2018
Press freedom advocates argue that the Republic Act 7079, Campus Journalism Act (CJA) has, in itself, flaws that compromise press freedom.
The Campus Journalism Act approved by the late former president Corazon Aquino on July 5, 1991 was enacted in recognition of the vital role the campus press played during Martial Law.

Duterte signs law making July 25 'National Campus Press Freedom Day'
Pia Ranada September 10, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte signs the law as his government fends off accusations of intimidating student publications outspoken about recent killings

What the Ampatuan Massacre verdict means to a campus journalist
Diwa Donato December 24, 2019

The fight of professional journalism will always be the fight of campus journalism. We celebrate the Ampatuan Massacre verdict, hope for the extent of justice, and continue to address the struggles of press freedom.

#HandsOffKule: UP student groups hit attempted ‘surveillance’ of Philippine Collegian
November 18, 2019

The Union of Journalists of the Philippines-UP slams the 'blatant intimidation' against student publications

College editors’ alliance slams red-tagging of campus pub in Eastern Visayas
August 21, 2019

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines calls on all publications to remain vigilant and continue to 'persistently uncover the true state of our society'

CEGP urges CHED: 'Act on complaints vs campus press freedom violations'
July 24, 2019

'The vanguards of light and truth in various campuses are being the next targets of control by the government and school administrations,' says College Editors Guild of the Philippines national president Daryl Angelo Baybado


Campus journalism
Feb 2, 2019

Ang National Schools Press Conference ay ang pinakamataas na uri ng kompetisyon sa journalism sa pampubliko at pribadong elementarya at high schools batay na rin sa Republic Act 7079 o mas kilala bilang Campus Journalism Act Of 1991. Anong mga klaseng kompetisyon ang pinaglalabanan sa NSPC? Paano ng proseso nito? At gaano ito kaapektibong aktibidad sa mga estudyanteng nais maging journalist?

IN PHOTOS: Campus journalists set energy high in NSPC 2019 opening
Stephen Bryan Esic January 29, 2019
This year's National Schools Press Conference theme is anchored on 'Fostering 21st century skills and character-based education through campus journalism'


Meet the Millennials with Samuel Burke as he talks to campus journalists
Oct 6, 2018

CNN business and tech correspondent Samuel Burke as he talks to campus journalists about the power of social media, and the pressing issues millennials face today.


Meet the Filipino Columbia University student who won a Pulitzer
April 27, 2018

23-year-old Mariel Padilla talks to MovePH's Raisa Serafica about her Pulitzer award and the importance of local reporting.

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USC students pledge to fight disinformation, defend press freedom
Nile Villa August 31, 2018

Attendees of the #MoveCebu: Social good in the digital age workshop pledge to hold the line

Is Philippine Collegian facing a press freedom issue?
Frances Roberto May 12, 2018

'The UPD administration needs to be level-headed enough to study the rules and interpret them based on the normative standards of journalism, especially when it comes to editorial independence,' says professor Danilo Arao.


Philippine Collegian campus journos barred from taking editorial exams
May 05, 2018
UPDATED The Board of Judges cites the candidates’ failure to meet residency requirements as basis for disqualification from taking the editorial exams. UP Chancellor Michael Tan upholds the decision.
Two campus journalists of the Philippine Collegian, University of the Philippines Diliman’s official student publication, were disqualified from the selection of the publication’s next editor-in-chief.

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Campus journalists on why press freedom matters
Published on May 2, 2018

In this video for World Press Freedom Day 2018, campus journalists from different universities in Metro Manila share with Rappler their thoughts on the importance of campus journalism and press freedom

The article by Kaye Cabal May 03, 2018


Jessica Soho and Mike Enriquez on why journalism matters

GMA 7's veteran broadcast journalists talk about journalism, the changing media landscape, and the challenges

The article by Alexa Villano May 04, 2018

#WalkOutPH trends on Twitter as millennials fight for press freedom, human rights
Raisa Serafica February 23, 2018

Martial Law survivor Boni Ilagan also talked to students from the College of Mass Communication and advised them to 'create their own First Quarter Storm'

Campus journos 'defend press freedom' during NSPC 2018 awarding ceremonies
Bong Santisteban February 23, 2018
'It's not just a contest for us. we will uphold press freedom even though we just came from a small island province,' says a campus journalist from Virac, Catanduanes

The different faces of press freedom violations vs campus journalists
Raisa Serafica February 23, 2018

Based on records of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines, at least 200 of the 800 cases of campus press freedom violations are related to the withholding of funds, the lifeblood of student-run publications.

Why campus journalists should go beyond classrooms
Jodesz Gavilan February 01, 2018

In the course of Philippine history, several campus publications stayed true to this role of shaping public opinion. They’ve gone beyond the 4 walls of the classroom and tackled the same issues hounding the country.

UP chancellor endorses February 23, 24 activities vs EJKs, attack on press freedom
Raisa Serafica February 23, 2018
'We need to encourage our students to participate in the activities as part of their education,' UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan says.

Oldest alliance of college editors to stage nationwide protests February 23, 2018
These protests seek to condemn the recent attacks of President Rodrigo Duterte on press freedom

Go beyond competition, 1967 NSSPC champ tells campus journos
Bong Santisteban February 17, 2018
'One should know the difference between a campus writer and campus journalists. When you're a campus journalist, you write with purpose,' says 1967 National Secondary Schools Press Conference champ Perfecto Martin

Campus journos 'disappointed' over DepEd's termination of partnership with Rappler
February 07, 2018

The termination occurs two weeks before the conduct of the National Schools Press Conference in Dumaguete City which Rappler will be covering. Rappler will also be spearheading the Online Publishing Demonstration Contest.

John Nery encourages campus journos to keep on writing
Abigail Abigan February 22, 2018
"Choose, not just your battles, but your battleground," says Nery in the opening ceremony of the 2018 National Schools Press Conference.

DepEd terminates partnership with Rappler, sacrifices ideals of campus journalism
February 07, 2018 - with Videos

The cancellation of the partnership comes about two weeks before we begin an online publishing contest organized by the NSPC and customized for the DepEd by Rappler.

on Wednesday, without stating any reason, Education Secretary Leonor Briones gave us letters terminating two agreements: our partnership with them for disaster preparedness and the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC).


No exclusivity, money involved in Rappler-DepEd partnership
Bong Santisteban February 19, 2018

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones cites the Securities and Exchange Commission decision to revoke the articles of incorporation of Rappler Inc. and Rappler Holdings as the basis for the department's termination of its partnership with Rappler.

By ending Rappler-DepEd partnership, the only losers are the kids
Jane Bracher February 10, 2018

Think of some of the dream-come-true stories you've heard or witnessed, or your own story. What did they have in common? Opportunity.

Over 150 school publication advisers join webinar on online publishing
Bong Santisteban January 21, 2018
The free webinar tackles topics on effective storytelling techniques and responsible use of social media.
Malacañang Press, Presidential Communications Operations Office, PCOO     

go to overview

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


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

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

Look below and HERE

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.

IMPORTANT to read:

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 by Patricio N. Abinales February 24, 2017

Resigned PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson

September 30, 2019

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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, 201
'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 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.


in the album "Bloggers, Ethics for bloggers, Start a blog - Etc."

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.

IMPORTANT Look all these articles:

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

ALL by Pia Ranada August 06, 2018

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?

Remark this is an album in the album "About use of Fake News - Etc."

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

The Video in the album "About use of Fake News - Etc.":

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.

Both by Don Kevin Hapal and Bonz Magsambol December 08 and 17, 2017

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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
Look the video from the article in HD in the album "PCOO" in the album Authorities, Commissions, Committees - Etc.

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.

About Fake News - Fact-check - Photos - Etc. e.g. Duterte's and Marcoses' trolls and propaganda machines - etc.

Examples for supporting the Duterte government - Fight misinformation

Look also above and Social Media - "dictatorship - Fake NEWS"

Many of the Videos in this section are albums in the album "About use of Fake News - Etc."

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During disasters, imagine a world with false news
Chay F. Hofileña January 15, 2020

Seeing citizens emailing our fact-checking team is heartening because it reflects a heightened awareness about the proliferation of “fake news” and its damaging effects especially in a disaster situation.


Robredo fact-checks Uson: Why let a fake news peddler get taxpayers' money?
Mara Cepeda January 17, 2020 - with Video
Known online propagandist and OWWA official Mocha Uson falsely claims the food packs donated by the Vice President's office to the Taal victims contained only 5 pieces of pan de sal and a bottle of water

FALSE: Photo of Duterte in aerial survey of areas 'hit by Ursula' in Visayas
December 28, 2019

The photos are taken in December 2017, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Urduja, which also went through the Visayas

Imee Marcos spreads 'tsismis': U.S. 'revokes' Lorenzana's visa too
Aika Rey January 23, 2020
- with Video

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he doesn't know what Senator Imee Marcos is talking about.
As if we haven't had enough of it, Senator Imee Marcos on Thursday, January 23, spread some gossip in a media forum.
In the forum, Marcos was asked about her reaction to the cancellation of the US visa of her colleague, Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa. She said she's heard about it, adding that it seemed other officials have been "blacklisted" too.
There's news about that and I know that Senator Bato would not be able to go to the US. There's news that other officials like Secretary Delfin Lorenzana were blacklisted or held at the airport too.

Websites spreading disinformation make $235 million a year in ads – study
Kyle Chua August 21, 2019

Due to the complex nature of the online advertising ecosystem, advertisers are not always aware where their ads are displayed

Fake news makes people ‘remember’ false memories – study
Kyle Chua August 26, 2019
It’s even more likely for people to recall false memories if the fake news supports their political beliefs or biases

Part 1: How the Marcoses are using social media to reclaim Malacañang

Disinformation, coordinated amplification, use of an extensive network of anonymously-managed pages and groups are part of the Marcos comeback playbook

How the Marcoses are rewriting history
Messages posted on groups and pages monitored by Rappler's Sharktank typically also glorified the virtues of authoritarian rule

False narratives from the Marcos arsenal
Conclusion: For the Marcos comeback playbook, facts don't matter

All Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza November 20, 21, 22, 2019

See a friend sharing fake news? Here’s what to do
November 15, 2019

How do you engage with people who may have fallen victim to disinformation? Here are 3 tips.
At the height of widespread propaganda operations that have polarized Filipinos on social media, how do we combat disinformation?

How to fact-check reports during disasters
by Vernise L Tantuco October 28, 2018

How do you know if an article or tweet sharing disaster-related information is true?

Taclobanons urge community to combat disaster-related hoaxes
Bianca Velasco November 28, 2019
During the #MoveTacloban forum, journalists, student leaders, and local government officials point out a rise of disaster-related hoax cases after Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines


WATCH: What's wrong with clickbait headlines?
November 04, 2019

Some misleading headlines can be funny and harmless, but they can also affect matters of public interest. Here's what you can do to keep them from spreading

Look also this article

Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation calls for research proposals
October 28, 2019

The research proposal cost can range from P50,000 to P100,000, for projects on understanding disinformation and the solutions offered in relation to democracy.
Together with members from media organizations, the academe, and other civil society organizations, the consortium aims to find answers to how disinformation is produced and how it affects Philippine democracy.

Identifying a fake picture online is harder than you might think
Mona Kasra, The Conversation September 22, 2019

People who have a lot of familiarity with social media and digital imaging tools were more skeptical about the authenticity of the images, a study finds.

Data shows Senate bill does not fully address 'fake news' problem
September 14, 2019

The data shows 42% of the claims checked during the 2019 midterm elections come from the candidates themselves

Disinformation producers get paid P30M for 3-month campaigns
Gelo Gonzales August 24, 2019
Many disinformation architects are professionals from the PR and advertising industries, who have left their big firms to essentially market politicians.
Money appears to be a big motivator for individuals who’ve found themselves in the disinformation business.
That’s what one expert, De La Salle University professor Jason Cabanes, has found in his research.
FALSE: Catholic priests 'perform witchcraft' to make Duterte die
August 01, 2019
Organizers say the photos were taken during a symbolic street theater activity called 'Lamay para sa Demokrasya' in May 2018
Claim: A Facebook post showing a photo of Catholic priests supposedly doing a ritual praying for President Rodrigo Duterte's death made the rounds online.

The facts: The photo was taken out of context. A Google reverse image search reveals similar photos taken during a symbolic street theater activity called "Lamay para sa Demokrasya" – part of Coalition for Justice's (CFJ) Dasal at Ayuno faith rally – at Padre Faura Street in Manila in May 2018.

Disinformation campaigns: Thirst traps and ‘hugot’ in 2019 Philippine elections
Paige Occeñola August 08, 2019

A new study shows how online propaganda operations in the Philippines have developed new underground tactics

The changing face of fake news
Jonathan Corpus Ong, Ross Tapsell and Nicole Curato - 09 Aug, 2019
From January to May 2019, we formed a team of researchers to study disinformation tactics used by candidates running in the Philippines’ midterm election.

The Video: Disinformation in the 2019 Philippine midterm elections
August 9, 2019
Jonathan Ong, one of the authors of Tracking Digital Disinformation in the 2019 Philippine Midterm Election about new disinformation tactics and strategies in the 2019 elections.

Fake account network massively pro-Duterte – report
Victor Barreiro Jr. and Gelo Gonzales March 29, 2019

Other politicians being promoted by the pages include Bong Go, Ronald dela Rosa, Sara Duterte, Ferdinand Marcos, Imee Marcos, and Bongbong Marcos

Facebook announced Friday, March 29, it had removed 200 pages and accounts organized by Nic Gabunada, President Rodrigo Duterte's social media manager in his 2016 campaign.

Facebook takes down fake account network of Duterte campaign social media manager
Gelo Gonzales March 29, 2019
Facebook takes down 200 pages, groups, and accounts followed by millions of users

Tagle to social media trolls: Do you know how to love?
Ralf Rivas April 19, 2019
'Ang mga sinungaling, marunong ba yan magmahal? Si Hesus na nagmahal, totoo,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

The Videos:
Fake account network massively pro-Duterte, Facebook shuts down accounts!

FALSE: 'No single PCIJ article critical of Aquino, Ramos'
May 01, 2019

A quick examination of the PCIJ website shows that a number of articles critical of former presidents Benigno Aquino III and Fidel Ramos were published

Journalism is a crime in a fake world
Marthy John Lubiano May 03, 2019

The job of a journalist takes place in a world that is drugged with online disinformation and where journalism is treated like a crime

A revolution against disinformation
February 25, 2019

The challenge now is no longer to gather huge crowds at plazas to frighten a dictator and his sycophants. It is to reclaim the online public space from the disinformation monster that President Duterte himself has unleashed.

‘Don't be a headline reader’: Cagayano journalists speak up against disinformation
Marguerite de Leon March 01, 2019
Seasoned and campus journalists discuss the importance of verifying and fact-checking during the #MoveCagayan forum at Cagayan State University

Baguio journalists urge youth to help fight disinformation
March 13, 2019 - with Video

'In the battle for truth, truth is your only weapon,' says Kimberlie Quitasol, Editor-in-Chief of the 'Northern Dispatch'

Understand platforms, content to fight disinformation – experts
Sofia Virtudes March 15, 2019
#MoveDiliman, the fourth leg of MovePH’s series of forums, tackles the role of legislation in combating disinformation

Be discerning of news sources, journalists urge students
Bonz Magsambol March 17, 2019 - with Video
'You should know the legitimate media from the illegitimate ones,' says educator Marissa Balidoy at #MoveCavite

WATCH: Don't let 'experts' online fool you: Here's how
Vernise L. Tantuco Updated March 21, 2019 - with Video

Rappler reviews the 2018 headlines of The Daily Sentry, a website known for publishing false or misleading claims, to see how disinformation can spread through the abuse of the label 'expert'

Who were targets of disinformation in 2018?
Vernise L. Tantuco February 05, 2019

The Aquinos, the Catholic Church, and critics of Marcos and Martial Law, are the top targets of disinformation in the 133 claims that Rappler fact-checked in 2018

FALSE: This is a photo of Pope Francis meeting President Duterte
Agence France-Presse February 15, 2019

A photo of Pope Francis meeting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is manipulated

Use of 'cyber troops' found in 48 countries, up from 28 last year
Victor Barreiro Jr. September 11, 2018

The University of Oxford, in a report from July titled, 'Challenging Truth and Trust:

A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation,' aimed to inform about the further growth of misinformation and manipulation campaigns.

The Philippines has been in the report since 2016.

Russian disinformation system influences PH social media
Rappler Research Team February 01, 2019

UPDATED Russian disinformation and network systems have penetrated social media in the Philippines, tapping so-called “experts” to lend legitimacy and credibility to false information being peddled and spread online.

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

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

(Some) evil was defeated
Tonyo Cruz December 28, 2018

We have to work harder to defeat more evil in 2019. Nothing is impossible if we are brave, committed, and united in the face of tyranny.
I'm referring of course to the triple defeats we dealt the evil triad of Sass Sasot, RJ Nieto, and Mocha Uson. They tried their worst this year with their unremitting fakeries, but they all failed magnificently.

Facebook bans PH company for spreading lies, fake accounts
January 11, 2019 - with Video

Twinmark Media Enterprises, the company behind Mocha Uson's favorite site Trending News Portal, was behind coordinated 'inauthentic behavior' and violated misrepresentation and spam policies

Who are behind Trending News Portal?
Don Kevin Hapal December 19, 2017
For people in their 20s, the brothers Fernando, Ken, and Mark Anthony Hicban seem to have achieved a lot already

Robredo urges Facebook to take down more 'fake' pages
January 13, 2019
Vice President Leni Robredo calls on Facebook to clean up its platform further, after it banned Twinmark Media Enterprises

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Pope Francis warns against internet 'disinformation'
Agence France-Presse January 24, 2019

'We need to recognize how social networks, on the one hand, help us to better connect, rediscover, and assist one another, but on the other, lend themselves to the manipulation of personal data,' says Pope Francis

Pope highlights pros and cons of internet and social media use
Lydia O’Kane 24 January 2019
In his message for the World Day of Social Communications 2019, Pope Francis urges responsible use of the internet, saying it should be used to liberate not to entrap.

FALSE: These are not pictures of the 'clean' hometown of President Duterte
Agence France-Presse January 11, 2019

No, these pictures do not show the ‘clean’ hometown of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
The misleading post was shared more than 1,500 times in less than four days by a Facebook group that promotes senatorial candidate Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, an ally of Duterte.

FALSE: These photos do not show Duterte celebrating start of 2019 in 'simple style'
Agence France-Presse January 14, 2019
No, these photos do not show Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte celebrating the start of 2019 in ‘simple’ style
Photos that have been shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter at the beginning of January 2019 claim to show Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte having a “simple” New Year's celebration. A reverse search reveals, however, that the photos were taken in December 2016.

Sheila Coronel introduces Maria Ressa at the CPJ 2018 awards
November 29, 2018 - with Video

'Rappler – and Maria – stood up to Duterte. They showed how he weaponized the Internet - unleashing fake news and troll armies. They exposed police impunity in the war on drugs. They told the truth - and so made enemies'


Disinformation gone macho

When disinformation is weaponized against women, misogyny rears its ugly head

Part 2 - To be concluded: BOYS WILL BE BOYS:
Locker room talk and online harassment
Online spaces have made the locker rooms bigger – and more sinister

Both by Paige Occeñola December 15, 2018

WATCH: How to check if a report is a hoax
November 07, 2018 - with Video

Here's what you should look out for when reading news on the internet

Facebook removes pro-Duterte pages for violating policies
October 23, 2018

The network of Pages has a massive following of 4.8 million users

Tip of the iceberg: Tracing the network of spammy pages in Facebook takedown
October 27, 2018
Many of the pages in these networks have shared false or misleading articles

Malacañang shrugs off Facebook removal of pro-Duterte pages
Pia Ranada October 23, 2018
Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters can opt to use Twitter and Instagram to express their support for the administration

The Information and Democracy Commission: Defending free flow of truthful info
Gelo Gonzales September 18, 2018

The Information and Democracy Commission is a global initiative launched by Reporters Without Borders to build a formal multi-sectoral approach to combating misinformation and disinformation in the digital age.

What is fake news?
November 27, 2017 - with Video

It's a lot more complicated than you think

Can you tell fake news from real news?
Nile Villa March 08, 2017
How good are you at differentiating fact from fiction when it comes to news?

Fake news law can be 'dangerous'
Keb Cuevas February 12, 2018
'If the law can be loosely interpreted, at some point it will be loosely interpreted,' says former Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste.

Can you tell the difference?
Marguerite Alcazaren de Leon and Don Kevin Hapal May 15, 2018

Just what is satire – and does one escape accountability for spreading false information by using this literary genre as excuse?

‘Journalism, F*ke News and Disinformation’: Fighting back is now mission critical
Julie Posetti June 09, 2018

Journalists need to ramp up their coverage of disinformation actors, even outside of election periods. They can partner with others, including communities, in combating pollution of the information environment.

Fighting disinformation is a community effort, say journalists
Bonz Magsambol September 24, 2018

'If fact-checking and truth-telling [are] to win against the propaganda machine, it needs the effort of the communities, the campus journalists, and the citizen journalists from the ground”

Majority of PH internet users see 'fake news' as serious issue
Victor Barreiro Jr. June 13, 2018

The numbers from them Social Weather Stations surveys in March 2018 and December 2017 indicate that respondents' perceived seriousness of the fake news issue is directly related to the frequency of their use of the internet.

Can spreading gossip or hoaxes online land you in jail?
Vernise L Tantuco August 11, 2018

It can, lawyers say, if the information you spread harms the reputation or the rights of another person

360/OS: A 360 degree experience on all things open source
June 24, 2018 - with many Videos

Building digital resilience against fake news

Look e.g. the Videos:

Facebook, Rappler answer questions on how to build digital resilience against fake news
Jun 24, 2018

Maria Ressa on how hate is spread to silence speech
Jun 23, 2018

How artificial intelligence can detect – and create – fake news
Anjana Susarla, Michigan State University May 05, 2018

Facebook could use its partnerships with news organizations and volunteers to train AI, continually tweaking the system to respond to propagandists’ changes in topics and tactics

Duterte impersonator fools Malacañang transcribers
Pia Ranada March 19, 2018
The error leads some media to report on the words of the impersonator, thinking they were those of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Problem is, Palace transcribers seemed to think it was really the President speaking. In transcripts of the interview sent to media, transcribers from the News and Information Bureau (NIB) labeled it, "Interview with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte by Deo Macalma/Rica Herra/Isyu/DZRH."
The NIB is under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
HOAX: Viral photo of SONA 2018 rally supports Duterte, Marcos
July 26, 2018

The photo is of anti-Duterte protesters along Commonwealth Avenue during President Rodrigo Duterte's 2018 SONA

Fake news from an international perspective
Gil Anthony E. Aquino February 03, 2018

Lessons can be learned from the international community in order to properly address the issue of fake news in the Philippines.

Propagandists target Catholic Church after Duterte rant vs God
Paterno Esmaquel II July 02, 2018

Over the weekend, Rappler receives nearly 30 reports about fake news on the Catholic Church. The fake news items spare no one, from Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle to Pope Francis himself.

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Who are the architects of disinformation in PH?

Rappler talks to Jason Cabañes, co-author of the report "Architects of Networked Disinformation: Behind the Scenes of Troll Accounts and Fake News Production in the Philippines."
University of Leeds professor Jason Cabañes breaks down the hierarchy in the vicious yet lucrative business of disinformation


Fake news in the Philippines: Dissecting the propaganda machine
Apr 20, 2018

In this documentary, Rappler looks into the Philippine propaganda machine – where it started and how it operates – and its chilling similarities around the world

FACT CHECK: No quo warranto petition against Duterte Cabinet
May 17, 2018

The blog post contains a video of a professor's opinions on the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The Liberal Party nor the Duterte Cabinet is not explicitly mentioned in that video.
Claim: The Liberal Party (LP) will be filing a quo warranto petition against the whole Duterte Cabinet.
The facts: The source video did not specifically say that the Liberal Party would be filing a quo warranto petition against every Duterte Cabinet member.

Duterte falsely claims Hague ruling issued during Aquino presidency
Pia Ranada May 04, 2018

'Aquino filed an arbitration case, we won, he was still there. Bakit hindi niya ginawa kung 'yan ang gusto ng mga yellow?' says President Rodrigo Duterte.

President Rodrigo Duterte blamed his predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, for the artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea, claiming he did not act swiftly enough after securing a legal victory over China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

However, the landmark ruling was issued on July 12, 2016 or after Aquino's presidency which ended on June 30, 2016. The ruling was issued on the second week of Duterte's administration.

U.P. hosts forum on dangers of perpetuating fake news
Gari Acolola April 07, 2018

The UP forum explored how a culture of false information is propagated – from the way it is generated to the way it is spread and ultimately accepted by the public – and how to fight it!

Is the Philippines in step with Russian online propaganda warfare?
Natashya Gutierrez March 10, 2018

The same techniques detailed in Robert Mueller's Russia-Trump indictment are pervasive here and have accomplished the same goal as the Russians': sow discord


in the album "Truth, Trust, Democracy and Disinformation"

WATCH: Disinformation and Democratic Decay Forum 2019
April 22, 2019

For the second straight year, a network of journalists, academics, bloggers, and advocates known as the Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation are holding a two-day forum on online disinformation and how to battle the spread of lies


in the album Truth, Trust, Democracy and Disinformation

Democracy and Disinformation Forum

How 'fake news' and other forms of disinformation threaten our freedoms, and how to fight back.
The Democracy and Disinformation Forum, a conference for journalists, bloggers, scholars, students, advertising professionals, and PR practitioners hold on February 12 and 13, 2018 at the Ateneo Law School in Makati City.

PH media face 'oppressive, alarming' conditions – global group
Lian Buan April 16, 2019
Representatives of the New-York based Committee to Protect Journalists, who are on a visit to the Philippines, meet with Malacañang and Department of Justice officials

Trump, Russia, China media attacks 'threaten democracy'
Agence France-Presse April 25, 2018
Reporters Without Borders accuses the world's 3 superpowers – the US, China and Russia – of leading the charge against press freedom

FULL TEXT: Our fundamental freedoms
Marvic Leonen February 19, 2018
'In this era of disinformation, how can you fight for your freedom and democracy?'
This is the full text of the speech of Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen during the Democracy and Disinformation forum at the Ateneo Law School on February 12
Look Marvic Leonen on fundamental freedoms

Media expert warns journalists against acting like 'stenographers'
Paterno Esmaquel II February 15, 2018 - with Video
'A journalist, by repeatedly reporting, accurately quoting Duterte's false claims, inadvertently becomes a peddler of fake news,' veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas also says at the Democracy and Disinformation Forum

In fighting disinformation and trolls, silence 'cannot be an option'
Keb Cuevas February 14, 2018 - with Video
From Wikipedia to Facebook, how do we fight back against trolls, 'fake news' and historical revisionism?

How Duterte supporters swarmed the ICC Facebook page
Raisa Serafica February 14, 2018 - with Video
'All the posts of the past two days have been swarmed and attacked by Filipino trolls – every single post. It is crazy and it is full of non-sequiturs,' says computer programmer Carlos Nazareno

Strong journalism in the age of strongmen
February 14, 2018 - with Video
Currently a journalism professor at the University of Queensland in Australia, Greste was arrested by the Egyptian authorities for terrorism-related charges for his work as a journalist in 2013


in the album Truth, Trust, Democracy and Disinformation

Disinformation and Online Threats
Apr 22, 2018

The forum, organized by Rappler and the Journalism for Nation Building Foundation (JNBF) in partnership with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Department of Social Sciences and Department of Development Journalism, aims to explain the nature of disinformation online and to highlight the role of a free and independent press in preserving democracy

Journalists on fighting fake news: Be more discerning, take a stand
Bonz Magsambol April 24, 2018
Panelists at the #FactsMatterPH forum held in Laguna share their thoughts on how ordinary citizens can take part in preventing the spread of disinformation online.

Journalists should always stand up against fake information
Raisa Serafica February 12, 2018

Aside from debunking fake news, media organizations must learn from how the disinformation armies package and amplify their messages.

The Video
Journalists should always stand up against fake information by Love KIMXI in the above album

FACT CHECK: Kuwait did not apologize over diplomatic row
May 02, 2018

A blog post claiming that Kuwait has apologized to President Rodrigo Duterte over a diplomatic row

Rappler statement on Bong Go's 'fake news' accusation
February 19, 2018

Is 'fake news' the new defense of public officials against public scrutiny?


DOCUMENTS: How Bong Go is linked thrice to frigates deal
Carmela Fonbuena February 19, 2018
The big-ticket modernization project of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is embroiled in controversy following the ouster of former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado in December 2017

Rappler's Pia Ranada barred from entering Malacañang Palace
February 20, 2018 - with Videos
4th UPDATE The incident happens a day after the Senate hearing on the Navy frigates deal where Special Assistant to the President Bong Go accused Rappler of churning out 'fake news'

Look ALL the videos in the album Press & Speech Freedom and Journalism - Etc.

NUJP to Duterte: 'Shame on you for displaying extreme pettiness'
February 20, 2018
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines says President Rodrigo Duterte 'has acted much like a petulant child throwing a fit' when he banned Rappler's Pia Ranada from Palace coverage.

Duterte himself banned Rappler reporter from Malacañang coverage
February 20, 2018
UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte orders the head of Malacañang's Internal House Affairs Office to ensure that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and reporter Pia Ranada cannot enter the Palace

Roque: Rappler still allowed to cover Malacañang events, says Medialdea
Pia Ranada February 20, 2018
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says an official's personal 'dislike' for specific reporters is not a valid reason to bar them from entering the Palace

Rappler to Malacañang: Don't use power to obstruct
February 20, 2018
We encourage the government to answer these uncomfortable questions and avoid using its immense power to obstruct and harass.

AboutPhilippines says: Important to read ALL links in the articles

Pope rails against 'fake news'
Agence France-Presse January 25, 2018

'We need to unmask what could be called the 'snake-tactics' used by those who disguise themselves in order to strike

'Put a stop to fake news’ – Cardinal Tagle
Mara Cepeda March 29, 2018
On Maundy Thursday, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says Catholics are 'not called and consecrated to bring fake news, only Good News, especially through the integrity of our lives'

Silent No More PH

Speak out with courage. Find freedom in your voice. Choose truth as the only sound bite. Help us fight LIES by spreading the TRUTH!

Chief disinformation architects in the PH: Not exactly who you think
Jonathan Corpus Ong and Jason Cabanes February 11, 2018

Understanding that fake news is the professional product of advertising and PR strategists means we need to challenge the broader system that has not only normalized political deception but made it financially.

Poe on bill vs 'fake news': Hold gov't officials to higher standard
Michael Bueza February 10, 2018
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says her bill is 'unconstitutional' and 'singles out' public officials. Senator Grace Poe calls his interpretation 'tragic.'

Why do Filipino netizens troll?
Katerina Francisco August 27, 2017 - with Video

A sociology paper examines some of the reasons why Filipino social media users behave aggressively online – when they can be normally civil people offline.

Why worry about Filipinos online being 'most ignorant'?
Natashya Gutierrez February 08, 2018
The results of a 2017 Ipsos survey on the Perils of Perception may explain in part Filipinos' aggressiveness on social media and the quick spread of fake news.

From Korean idol group to Duterte Supporters on Facebook?
Paige Occeñola February 09, 2018

A fan group for a South Korean actor is renamed 'President Duterte Supporters'. But there might be more to the story.
A fan group for a South Korean actor was renamed to "President Duterte Supporters"
The administrator responsible for the name change appears to be an active member of other pro-Duterte, pro-Marcos groups as well.
The red flag was raised by a Facebook post by Karla Obispo after a group that she is a part of, originally intended for fans of South Korean actor Kim Soo-hyun, was suddenly changed to "President Duterte Supporters".

NUJP slams Roque as 'fake news peddler'
February 09, 2018
NUJP says Roque 'has acquired a penchant for accusing media of making him look bad by doing what they ought to - reporting his pronouncements accurately with the proper context and background'
Duterte is no. 1 source of fake news
Camille Elemia January 30, 2018 - with Video

'The worrisome part of this is that most of the sources of disinformation is being perpetrated by government officials on taxpayers’ money,' veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas tells a Senate panel probing the proliferation of fake news.


Clarissa David on fake news and disinformation
January 18, 2018
What can be done to stem the tide of disinformation?
'Fake news', a most difficult dilemma
Jan 26, 2018
Professor Clarissa David of the UP College of Mass Communication explains the spread of disinformation and misinformation in social media, its impact online and offline, and the steps we can take to address it.

'Fake news' and the dilemma it has created
January 26, 2018 - with Video
UP professor Clarissa David explains the spread of disinformation and misinformation on social media, its impact online and offline, and the steps we can take to address it

Spread of fake news meant to silence, intimidate critics
Camille Elemia January 30, 2018 - with Video
'Social media provided cheap armies to potential authoritarian and dictators to control and manipulate public opinion,' says Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa.

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'Fake news', napiling word of the year

Tinaguriang "Word of the Year" ng isang English dictionary ang "fake news." Tiwala naman ang ilang eksperto na dahil sa lumalawak na kamalayan tungkol sa fake news, matututong maging mas mapanuri ang publiko sa mga nakikitang impormasyon. I-Bandila mo, Miguel Dumaual. - Bandila, Biyernes, 3 Nobyembre, 2017

WARNING: Impostor pretending to be Rappler's news editor
January 11, 2018

It came to our attention that a certain Maricia Sunga contacted the Office of the Vice President, pretending to be Rappler's news editor.
Be advised that no one by that name is employed by or in any way connected to Rappler. Get to know the team behind Rappler here.

FAKE: Comparison of 2015 and 2017 World Press Freedom Index reports
Stacy de Jesus December 23, 2017

A propaganda Facebook post by VovPH is spreading disinformation against Rappler and Maria Ressa. Again.


Leloy Claudio: 5 ways to shield yourself from fake news
January 11, 2018

How to deal with fake news and disinformation? Here are some suggestions.
Fake news and disinformation has reached crisis proportions all over the world. History teacher Leloy Claudio gives us 5 tips to identify – and shield ourselves from – fake news.


Senate hearing on fake news
October 4, 2017

The Senate committee on public information and mass media chaired by Senator Grace Poe conducts a hearing on the proliferation of fake, misleading news and false information

Senate hearing on fake news
UPDATED 31 January 2018

Senate hearing on fake news
March 15, 2018 with e.g.:
'We can't be arbiter of truth': Why Facebook won't shut down fake news
Social media giant Facebook on Thursday said it has no policy on taking down "fake news" as it cannot lay claim to the power to judge what is true from what is not.

Poe, Roque clash on bill prohibiting officials from spreading fake news
Camille Elemia March 15, 2018
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque opposes the bill penalizing government officials for spreading misinformation, but Senator Grace Poe says public servants must be held to a higher standard.

Mocha runs blog on her own? Why was it 'live' as she spoke?
Paterno Esmaquel II October 05, 2017
On Facebook, Mocha Uson Blog rebroadcasts video from PTV while Uson – who claims that she alone handles her blog – is seated in a 5-hour Senate hearing on fake news

'Unapologetic' fake news spreaders an 'insult' to gov't officials
Mara Cepeda October 05, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo did not mince words against pro-administration bloggers turned government officials who have been caught spreading false information online.
Robredo did not mention any names, but she said those who were invited to Wednesday's Senate hearing on the spread of fake news were “unapologetic” and “arrogant.”

Grace Poe praises Thinking Pinoy for 'excellent research, neutrality'
Camille Elemia October 04, 2017
'So I hope you keep the neutrality. Like if you're in a board, you can be an independent director. You can be in government but an independent consultant.'

NUJP hits Thinking Pinoy blogger RJ Nieto as 'barefaced liar'
October 04, 2017
The National Union for Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) called Thinking Pinoy blogger Rey Joseph Nieto a "barefaced liar" following the Senate hearing on fake news and misinformation online on Wednesday, October 4.

Tagging fake news on Facebook has minimal effect – study
Gelo Gonzales September 15, 2017

Some may even become more likely to misconstrue fake news as true

‘Blood red,’ ‘Imeldific’: Isabelle Duterte draws flak for Malacañang photo shoot
December 15, 2017

Presidential granddaughter Isabelle Duterte gets called out online for her pre-debut photo shoot in Malacañang, prominently capturing the presidential seal.
Presidential granddaughter Isabelle Duterte is giving people the wrong kind of flashbacks on social media shortly after photos of her pre-debut photoshoot in the Palace appeared online

Fake news, bad views, and society’s loss

'How should fake news be regulated? Are new criminal and civil laws needed to address this problem?'

First of two parts

Part two:
Confrontation at the Senate

'To defeat fake news and bad views, we must also understand how we got to where we are now'

Both by Dean Tony La Viña October 15-16, 2017

FACT CHECK: Did Inquirer say man in 'Pietà' photo was killed by PNP?
Paterno Esmaquel II October 26, 2017

The Philippine Daily Inquirer has reported that suspected drug pusher Michael Siaron was killed by 'motorcycle-riding gunmen'
Defenders of the Duterte administration claimed that the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) erred in reporting that the police executed Michael Siaron, the slain drug suspect in PDI's viral Pietà banner photo last year.
This claim is a lie.

What you need to know about #Cocoygate
by Paige Occeñola October 13, 2017

During the Senate hearing on fake news, Cocoy Dayao is named as the man behind several sites critical of the administration

Duterte falsely claims CIA funds Rappler
Paterno Esmaquel II October 12, 2017 - with Video

Contrary to President Rodrigo Duterte's assertion, Rappler is 100% Filipino-owned, and the CIA is not one of its funders

TIMELINE: Tracing BIR's tax complaint against Rappler Holdings
Chrisee Dela Paz April 17, 2018
Here's a timeline of events surrounding the Bureau of Internal Revenue's tax evasion complaint against Rappler

6 ways to spot a fake news article
October 04, 2017 - with Video

Here are some tips to determine if a news article is fake or not

Presidential Spokesman Facebook account posts troll-like comment
October 27, 2017
The 'Office of the Presidential Spokesperson' Facebook account, a verified one, commented at around 11:30 am, 'si pia at si lourd devera pantay na sa kakupalan' (Pia and Lourd Devera have the same level of thick skin.)
It is notable that the tone used in the comment is similar to the one used by trolls, as it uses coarse language with an apparent intent to spread malice. The comment has since disappeared from the feed's comments section.
Lies Tatay Digong told me
September 25, 2017

While leadership is situational, integrity isn't

Senate bill seeks jail time for gov't officials spreading fake news
Camille Elemia June 22, 2017

Under Senate Bill 1492, any person found guilty will be punished with a fine ranging from P100,000 to P5 million and one to 5 years imprisonment, while public officials will be subjected to stiffer penalties.

Duterte oks higher fines for fake news
Pia Ranada September 01, 2017
The publication of false news now comes with a fine of P40,000 to P200,000 from the previous fine of just P200 to P1,000
Spread fake news and be ready to pay heavier fines.
This is provided for in a newly-signed amendment to the decades-old Revised Penal Code.

"AboutPhilippines" asks: Do you think, this will be also for his administration - friends?????

the Video: The spread of fake news
Aug 12, 2017
Anti-Fake News Act author Sen. Joel Villanueva presents the elements of fake news, and the fines and penalties that people who spread fake news can be charged with.


Fake news in the Philippines
Published on Apr 26, 2017

Fake news has proven to be influential in the U.S., but it may be even more powerful in the Philippines, where technology and celebrity make people vulnerable to false reports

A sea change for news
Vergel O. Santos September 02, 2017
Today, fake news swamps us. How to deal with it?


in the album Truth, Trust, Democracy and Disinformation

'Truth' in the age of social media
Nov 28, 2016

Historian Manolo Quezon joins Mornings@ANC on Monday to answer, is there really no longer a thing as 'the truth' in the age of social media?

Wrong info leads Duterte to threaten EU diplomats
Paterno Esmaquel II October 12, 2017

Wrong information led President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, October 12, to threaten to expel diplomats of the European Union (EU) within 24 hours.
Malacañang itself admits that President Rodrigo Duterte was reacting to a foreign delegation that does not represent the EU.

Robredo urges millennials to fight misinformation
Patty Pasion January 26, 2017

'We can never base our judgments and our prejudices on information that are not true,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Senator Bam Aquino calls on public to fight misinformation online
Aika Rey December 09, 2016

Senator Aquino also cautioned against the spread of fake news on a large scale at a forum organized by the Asia Society and INCITEGov

Over 5,000 campus journalists say 'no' to fake news
Zak Yuson January 23, 2017

The annual journalism competition for elementary and high school students kicks off in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur province.

Tech firms must do more against 'fake news' – Apple boss
Agence France-Presse February 11, 2017

'Too many of us are just in the complain category right now and haven't figured out what to do,' says Apple chief executive Tim Cook

Palace media slam Andanar over 'misreporting' tirade
Pia Ranada January 18, 2017

'We are disturbed by the propensity of the officials of this administration to blame the media whenever the inflammatory statements of the President stir controversy or draw flak,' says the Malacañang Press Corps.

Wanted: Truth police
Vergel O. Santos July 01, 2017

If anyone should take up police duty against fake news,
it is us news people ourselves

IMPORTANT How can we trust PNP?

Does Justice Secretary Aguirre believe in fake news?
February 25, 2017
Aguirre seems set to hold the record for a Philippine justice chief with the most number of 'unsubstantiated' public pronouncements at a given time.
What does Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II do with information that he believes to be true, but authorities have dismissed as otherwise?
He stands by it!

Youth group seeks penalty for 'fake news king' Aguirre
July 05, 2017

A GROUP composed of youths, student leaders, netizens and other concerned citizens filed Wednesday, July 5, before the Office of the Ombudsman an administrative complaint for breach of the code of ethical conduct against Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

Aguirre, inireklamo ng 'millennials' sa pagpapakalat ng fake news
Naghain ng ethics complaint sa Ombudsman ang isang grupo ng kabataan laban kay Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre na binansagan nilang 'hari ng pekeng balita'. Tumanggi naman munang magkomento si Aguirre habang hindi pa niya nababasa ang buong reklamo.

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.

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What I learned from being featured by the Duterte online machine
Cecilia Lero October 10, 2017

The author shares her observations from the comments sections where a photo of her holding a placard saying 'I am a drug user. Papatayin mo ba ako?' was posted.
On the evening of September 21, I started receiving worried messages from friends. A pro-Duterte Facebook page had shared my photo with the hashtag #ManlabanParaSaKarapatanNgMgaDurugista. By the next evening it had been shared by other pages and collectively garnered tens of thousands of reactions.

President Duterte, dismantle your propaganda machine
June 05, 2017

It stokes the flames of a highly divisive issue like martial law. It also empowers trolls, poisons the well and lowers our collective IQ and EQ
We don't need fake photos that show Vietnam combatants passed off as Philippine soldiers from the Philippine News Agency. We don’t need fake photos showing Honduras police instead of the Philippine military from newly minted communications assistant secretary Mocha Uson.

Part 1:

Part 2:

For anti-Duterte netizen, online troll attacks turn into real-world nightmare

EXCLUSIVE: The Philippine National Police files a criminal complaint against Willyn Trabajador, whom they accuse of posting a bomb threat against the President's followers. But Trabajador insists her account was cloned.


Who posted bomb threat? Police affidavit against anti-Duterte netizen misses crucial details

The police accuse Willyn Trabajador of posting a bomb threat against the President, but the criminal complaint they filed against her raises more questions than answers.

Both by Natashya Gutierrez September 15 - 16, 2017

Duterte says online defenders, trolls hired only during campaign
Pia Ranada July 25, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte calls the University of Oxford, which released a study about social media manipulation, 'a school for the stupid people'
A study by academics from the University of Oxford claims Duterte's camp paid US$200,000 or P10 million for a social media campaign in which volunteers and paid persons or groups used social media accounts to promote him or defend him against critics.

PH, 27 other countries use 'cyber troops' to manipulate opinion
Gelo Gonzales July 25, 2017

A University of Oxford study says one trait of cyber troops in the Philippines is individual targeting, which is 'used to silence political dissent online' and often leads to 'real-life threats and reputational damage'

Social media in the time of Duterte
Paige Occeñola July 01, 2017

Within the first year of President Duterte’s administration, he has not been remiss in expressing his thanks to the community that has been instrumental to his success.

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'We deserve better': #FireMocha tops local Twitter trends
August 22, 2017

Netizens call for the ouster of PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.
#FireMocha hits the number one spot on Twitter after people began calling out for the removal of Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson from her post.

'Fake news queen': Netizens slam Mocha Uson for playing victim
October 04, 2017
'Andito ako para suportahan ang hearing na ito dahil ako po ay biktima ng fake news', Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson says at the Senate hearing on fake news

Asec or blogger? Choose only one, Nancy Binay tells Mocha Uson
Camille Elemia October 04, 2017
Senator Nancy Binay reminds Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson that all government officials are bound by the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees

Mocha Uson says rules on fairness don't apply to her
Camille Elemia October 04, 2017
'I'm a blogger, not a journalist,' Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson tells Senator Paolo Banigno Aquino IV, when he asks if she ever tried to get the side of people she has attacked in her blog

Mocha Uson: 'Ako po ay biktima ng fake news'
Camille Elemia October 04, 2017
Despite repeated allegations of spreading fake news, Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson claimed she is a “victim” of such practice, too.

Trillanes to sue Mocha Uson for spreading fake news
Camille Elemia September 11, 2017

Despite prohibition, Mocha Uson performs at Resorts World casino
Pia Ranada September 06, 2017
UPDATED A memorandum circular prohibits government officials from entering casinos 'in view of its negative effect on the public perception of government service'.
Memorandum Circular Number 6 states that if any government official or personnel enters a casino, it will be considered "conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service."

Andanar 'looking into' Uson's prohibited entry in casino bar
Pia Ranada September 07, 2017
Malacañang says PCOO officials must comply with the prohibition and says it is up to Secretary Andanar to address the issue

'Oust Mocha' Uson petition circulates online again
September 25, 2017

The petition, started by Kremlin Pandaan, now has over 36,000 signatures as of Monday, September 25
After the #FireMocha campaign, a new petition is now circulating online to call for the removal of entertainer-turned-blogger Margaux "Mocha" Uson as Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary for Social Media for allegedly spreading fake news.

Asec Mocha Uson herself spreads fake news, says Nancy Binay
Camille Elemia September 20, 2017

'How can you fight fake news kung may instances na nanggagaling mismo sa isang Asec yung fake news?' Senator Nancy Binay asks Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.
Senators raised this issue against Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, with Senator Nancy Binay saying the battle against fake news is difficult because of the dancer turned government official.

FAST FACTS: What you need to know about the Philippine News Agency
Jodesz Gavilan August 10, 2017

There are at least 3 known boo-boos the PNA has committed in 2017 alone, with two of them happening in the month of May.

Philippine News Agency's story on labor dep't uses Dole pineapple logo
August 11, 2017

For its latest mistake, the beleaguered PNA uses the wrong logo in its story about the Department of Labor and Employment's pay rules for 2018 holidays

'Puro Nalang Aberya': Netizens react to Philippine News Agency's latest blunder
August 12, 2017

Dole quickly became one of the trending topics in the Philippines on Friday night.

The real threat called Alternative Facts
February 27, 2017
The nation is under siege from the likes of Vitaliano Aguirre II and Martin Andanar, who have mastered the art of peddling lies and brewing conspiracies.

Defend the Republic! One Flag, One Nation! No to Destabilization!

FACT-CHECK: Aguirre uses old photo to tag opposition lawmakers in Marawi crisis
Lian Buan and Carmela Fonbuena June 07, 2017

The photo of the alleged plotters turns out to have been taken in 2015 at the Iloilo Airport, and not weeks before the Maute crisis erupted.
In the thick of war in Marawi, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on Wednesday, June 7, stirred a hornet's nest.
He insinuated to reporters in Manila that opposition lawmakers Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, and Magdalo Reprsentative Gary Alejano may have had something to do with the attack of terrorist groups in the city.

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Robredo slams Aguirre for using fake news on Marawi conflict
Jun 13, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo took a rare potshot at a member of President Duterte’s Cabinet on Tuesday, calling out Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre for spreading fake news and eroding the public’s trust in his department.

Independence from Vitaliano Aguirre II
June 12, 2017
As we celebrate Independence Day, we ask to be free – free from the justice secretary’s spin, lies, and conspiracies.
The tragedy of Vitaliano Aguirre II’s recent lie is not so much his refusal to bow in shame for it, it is the sorry fact that we are his captive audience, desperate to be liberated from his alternative truths but stuck in a country that has him for justice secretary.

Vitaliano Aguirre: 'Fake news king' to opposition, 'bright boy' to Duterte
Lian Buan June 11, 2017
Aguirre says he would have wanted to settle for a quiet life, take care of his 6 grandchildren, tend to his bonsais, and resume scuba diving, but service beckoned.

NUJP to Aguirre: Media won't be scapegoats for your 'lies'
June 09, 2017
'Trying to blame others for your blunders unmasks you as a mean-spirited coward,' the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines tells Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

No public apology yet from Aguirre for fake news
Lian Buan June 09, 2017
The Palace says Aguirre still enjoys the 'full trust' of President Rodrigo Duterte
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has not made any public clarifications, more so a public apology – at least not yet – as of Thursday, June 8.

Philippine News Agency uses Vietnam photo in Marawi siege story
Stacy de Jesus May 29, 2017
This is the second known mistake committed by the state-run news agency in May 2017.
The story titled "Urban warfare a challenge for soldiers in Marawi" was accompanied by a photo of a soldier holding a gun while patrolling in a poverty-stricken area.
Searching the source of the image, however, will lead you to Wikimedia Commons. According to the media repository platform, the original file name of the image is Vietconghunt.jpg and was described as "Troops of 'A' Company, 1st Air Cavalry Division, checking house during patrol."

PNA sorry for wrong photo; Mocha Uson on the defensive
Pia Ranada May 30, 2017
While the state news agency says it will review its procedures, PCOO official Mocha Uson says those who called her out for using the photo of Honduran police should 'use their common sense'

FACT CHECK: PCOO's Mocha Uson shares wrong photo of PH army
Stacy de Jesus May 30, 2017
This is not the first unverified image that the PCOO Assistant Secretary has shared.
She wanted to rally support for troops in their fight against terrorists in Mindanao, but in doing so, newly appointed government official Mocha Uson is caught yet again sharing an unverified image.


Andanar hides from media after new PCOO blunders
Pia Ranada June 01, 2017 - with video
Despite telling Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella he would take questions from Palace reporters, PCOO chief Andanar chooses to evade the media and stays silent on new gaffes from his office.
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Photo used by Duterte camp to hit critics taken in Brazil,


Camille Elemia August 29, 2016

Critics accuse the President's supporters of misleading the public for posting a photo of a 9-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Brazil in 2014
Supporters of the administration have also spread the photo online, with other netizens sharing it as well. It turns out, however, that the photo was not even taken in the Philippines.

This is not the first time fake items and news headlines have spread online, purportedly favoring the President.

Different Media in the Philippines

with these sections:

Media laws

Different general link-pages for the Media

Different radio and TV link-pages - Etc.

Newspapers and Magazines - Etc.


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Media Laws - Etc.

Look also Laws about Human Rights, Privacy, Etc.

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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

Laws etc. About radio communication etc. with FULL text of:

RA 3846
NTC Memorandum Circular No. 7-13-90
NTC Memorandum Circular No. 2-4-90
NTC Memorandum Circular No. 10-8-91
NTC Memorandum Circular No. 11-8-91
NTC Memorandum Circular No. 2-05-88
NTC Memorandum Circular No. 9-8-91
Memorandum Circular No. 9-14-90
Memorandum Circular No. 6-3-91


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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Republic Act No. 9239, Optical Media Act of 2003


Republic Act No. 10515

Anti-Cable Television and Cable Internet Tapping Act of 2013



Different general link-pages for the Media

Look also Laws about Human Rights, Privacy, Etc.

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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.


Most of the videos in this section are albums in the albums "Radio & TV systems Etc." and "Radio & Television stations - AVP - Jingles - 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

Remark this is an album in the album "Radio & Television etc."

Hardware boom comes with PH shift to digital TV
Chrisee Dela Paz Feb 14, 2017

In 2023, all local broadcasters will turn off their analog airwaves. This shift is driving sales growth in the brown goods industry.

Link to many Philippine News radio/TV and Newspapers from
Filipino and Filipino American Community Organizations Associations

Philippine Filipino Pinoy Radio Stations AM FM Radio Stations - The Filipino Choice in Philippine and Pinoy Radio Stations

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.

The Videos

The Roadmap of Philippines' Digital TV
ISDB-T Philippines - Virtual and Carrier Channels
ISDB-T Philippines - Scanning DTV Channels
ISDB-T Philippines - Timeshifts

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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.

The article Empowering Filipino youth through radio
by/Ezra Ferraz July 12, 2015


TV Stations in Metro Cebu

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TV Stations in Metro Davao

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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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The Videos - Mobile applications, App

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.

The Videos

ETC TV Young and Loving It!



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.

All on-line

Remark most of the videos are albums in the album "Newspapers - Magazines - Etc. - All on-line"

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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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Real news for real people

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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.

The Filipino Express Online

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

link to many other on-line newspapers
The Visayan Daily Star - Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
The Negros Chronicle


Negros Daily Bulletin

Bacolod City Negros Occidental


Iloilo Metropolitan Times
Panay News

The Biggest Daily in the Visayas

Iloilo News Today
Manila Times

a weekly publication with address at IB 47, Betag, La Trinidad, Benguet

The link is often down, so try again later

Cordillera Express - News and information from Home
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.

Sagunto Star Online newsletter for the citizens of Sagunto, Sison, Pangasinan, Philippines
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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”.


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"A Balikbayan family" far away from the beloved Philippines,
We will forever fight for - defend Human Rights - Freedom for Speech and Press and against Fake News

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