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The online battle for the truth

False information is saturating political debate worldwide and undermining an already weak level of trust in the media and institutions, spreading further than ever on powerful social networks.

Asian push to crack down on ‘fake news’ sparks alarm

Inflammatory stories masquerading as real news pose a particularly toxic threat in Asian countries with long-standing religious and ethnic divides, but promises by some regional leaders to tackle the problem carry equal menace.

Reli L. German: Kamayan sa botohan?

Right after the Holy Week, Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto resurrected the idea of manual voting for the mid-term elections in May next year. Actually, what he wants is the adoption of a hybrid system where the voting and counting of…

Barry M. Gutierrez: Desperation for the silver lining

It is time to stop mincing words. Our democracy is under attack. It has been for the past 18 months ever since Rodrigo Roa Duterte, 16th President of the Philippines, delivered in his inaugural speech a seemingly innocuous message to two…

Reli L. German: Harry’s hollow blocks

Cement firms, sand and gravel suppliers and hollow block manufacturers must be feeling ecstatic these days. This, after new presidential spokesman Harry Roque warned critics of the President that if they persist in “throwing stones” at his…

Reli L. German: Urban warfare: Zamboanga City as the trial run

It was a “shock and awe” urban warfare strategy that the Abu Sayyaf and Maute terrorists employed in Marawi as their fighters battled combined elements of the police and the military. The bloody confrontation started last May 23 when a…

Reli L. German: The end for Hapilon; a failure of intelligence

It seems that even his relatives and province mates in Basilan are not mourning the fate that befell Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon who, together with the remaining head of the Maute group, Omar Maute, met his deserved end last week at…

Barry M. Gutierrez: Drawing the lie

Politicians lie. This is a belief so common it has become cliché. Politicians lie to get votes. Politicians lie to cover up wrongdoing. Politicians lie to undermine their political opponents.

Reli L. German: Days to remember in September

The event that people associate with during this month was when Ferdinand Marcos imposed Martial Law on September 21, 1972. However, for Ilocandia and the faithful followers of Marcos, there are two other dates this month that hold special…

Barry M. Gutierrez: Fallen hopes

Let me start with a confession. Last May, a few days after the elections, with disappointment at the outcome still weighing heavily on me, I seized upon one desperate hope: I wished that Rodrigo Duterte would succeed.