April 8, 2022, 05.57 PM

Robredo’s quotes have been distorted to “make her look like she is spouting nonsense,” journalism associate professor Yvonne Chua said during an online lecture on March 16 organized by the University of the Philippines.

In excerpts of her talk published on the news website Rappler, Chau said part of the problem is “the lack of inquisitiveness of Filipinos — just accepting the flow of information.”

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Around half the respondents to a December survey found it hard to recognize disinformation online, Rappler reported.

Flagging disinformation has become a regular task for Manahan’s outlet.
“We have to push back every day. There’s no better antidote to disinformation than truth. We have to battle lies with truth. So, we keep on doing what we're doing. We follow Leni Robredo and tell factual stories and report,” Manahan said.

Part of that reporting includes efforts to debunk fake information. Manahan said when reports linked Robredo to the communist movement, his outlet produced reports refuting the claims.

“There were so many online articles attributing fake statements to the (vice president), we published art cards to tell the public they're fake,” he added.

ABS-CBN, the country’s largest network, is also facing off against trolls that seek to discredit its work. It was forced to stop broadcasting on local television in 2020 after the Philippine Congress denied the company its franchise license renewal.

Some critics questioned whether Duterte’s administration stalled the renewal.

The president had previously accused the network of not running his campaign ads and attacked it over coverage of his policies, Human Rights Watch said.

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