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Malacañang opposes FB’s choice of fact checkers

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018


Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement that it will become a problem because what he calls as Facebook’s “police of the truth” are “sometimes partisan.”

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang wants to meet with Facebook over its choice of fact checkers specifically for Filipino accounts on the social media platform.

Facebook has named controversial social news network, Rappler and another news outlet, Vera Files, as third-party fact-checkers in a campaign to curb the proliferation of fake news on Facebook accounts of Filipino users.

In a statement posted on the website of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy said, “efforts are underway for both the PCOO and Facebook to sit across the table and discuss and hopefully, reach agreements” to get a “shared goal of responsible and intelligent use of social media.”

Last week, a number of Duterte supporters complained after Facebook blocked their accounts.

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said it will become a problem because what he calls as Facebook’s “police of the truth” are “sometimes partisan.”

“I commiserate with those who object with the selection of Rappler and Vera files because we know where they stand in the political spectrum,” he said.

Roque is encouraging all supporters of the administration to use the platform itself to actively voice out their protests against Facebook’s choice of fact checkers.

“The users of Facebook should make known their wishes to Facebook itself that there should be a more partial arbiter of the truth,” Roque concluded. — Marje Navarro –Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Ombudsman can order Mocha Uson’s dismissal – Palace

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Image grabbed from Mocha Uson Blog FB

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang assured on Thursday, September 20, that it will treat with utmost respect whatever the Office of the Ombudsman will decide on the case against Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

Deaf advocates filed a complaint against Uson and her friend blogger Drew Olivar after another controversial video of them surfaced on social media. The video showed Olivar parodying the sign language while Mocha can be heard laughing at his antics.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said they will abide by the Ombudsman should he rule to dismiss Uson. But for the meantime, President Rodrigo Duterte has not issued any order yet against Uson related to the recent controversy.

“Let’s wait for the investigation of the Ombudsman dahil mayroon namang ganyang complaint. The Ombudsman can order the dismissal of anyone in the government because it is both administrative at criminal case. Igagalang po ng palasyo ang proseso, pag sinabi ng Ombudsman sibakin, di po natin tututulan iyan,” Roque concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte’s E.O. on importation, a threat to local farmers — Makabayan bloc solons

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2018


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Members of Makabayan bloc

MANILA, Philippines — Members of the House Makabayan bloc have expressed their concerns about the possible impact of the executive order, that seeks to simplify the process of food importation, on local farmers.

Malacañang reported Wednesday, September 12, that the government’s economic managers are planning to submit a draft executive order to President Rodrigo Duterte to tame the country’s surging inflation.

The economic managers are proposing to streamline the importation process by removing or reducing the tariffs being imposed on imported essential food items including sugar, meat, rice, and vegetables.

But according to Gabriela party-list Representative Arlene Brosas, this move might threaten the livelihood of local farmers and traders.

“Kapag bumaha ng mga produkto na ito sa ating merkado, ang mabibili ay produkto ng iba.  Kaya po ito ay pagtatanggal sa kakayanan ng mga producers natin dito sa bansa na makinabang doon sa matagal nang dapat na pakinabangan” said Ilagan.

ACT Teachers party-list Representative France Castro also argued that the measure might result in possible price increases given the high peso-dollar exchange rate.

“Nakita natin ang sitwasyon ngayon, P54 a dollar. So kung ito na ang magiging direksyon ng gobyerno dahil nakatali na sa importasyon ang dolyar,  mas mahal na maipapasasa sa mga consumers,” said Castro.

Instead of simplifying the food importation process, the Makabayan lawmakers are suggesting that the President should declare a price control in accordance with the Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act.

“Malinaw naman po doon na kapag mayroong unreasonable spike sa price ng basic commodities and services, maari pong yung batayan para magisyu ang pangulo ng price ceiling o price control na hindi na po nangangailangang magkaroon ng declaration ng state of emergency,” said Anak-Pawis Representative Ariel Casilao.

President Duterte has earlier assured that his economic managers are now working to curb the inflation.

As reported by Malacañang, these proposals include streamlining the process of rice importation of the National Food Authority and the immediate release of essential food products in ports. — UNTV News & Rescue


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U.S. Congress grills Facebook, Twitter over foreign bids to tilt politics

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Top executives from Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. defended their companies in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday (September 5) over what lawmakers see as a failure to combat continuing foreign efforts to influence U.S. politics.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, who testified alongside Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, acknowledged to the Senate Intelligence Committee that the company was too slow to respond to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election and general American political discourse, but insisted it is doing better.

Dorsey also described Twitter’s tighter monitoring of malicious use of its platform, including notifying law enforcement last month of accounts that appeared to be located in Iran. He said it suspended 770 accounts for violating Twitter policies.

Facebook, Twitter, and other technology firms have been on the defensive for many months over political influence activity on their sites as well as concerns over user privacy.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has been looking into Russian efforts to influence U.S. public opinion throughout Donald Trump’s presidency after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that entities backed by the Kremlin had sought to boost his chances of winning the White House in 2016.

In the Senate, both Burr and the committee’s Democratic vice chairman, Senator Mark Warner, said they called Wednesday’s hearing to press the social media companies to do more. — Reuters

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