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Protect democracy by fighting disinformation

February 27, 2022 7:56 p.m.

FILIPINOS can do their part in upholding our democracy not only by voting for the right candidates but, in this age of technology, fighting disinformation that distorts people’s ability to make sound decisions, panelists in a virtual town hall discussion said Tuesday.

During the launch of Vote Right 2022, a campaign of advocacy group Democracy Watch Philippines in partnership with the Commission on Elections, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, characterized the conscientious voter as someone who possesses an open mind, actively searches for the truth, and who puts an effort into discerning which input from social media must, and must not, be believed. 

A good and responsible citizen votes according to one’s conscience, he said. 

“This is the candidate who will preserve and strengthen democracy, follow the law, respect human dignity, defend our territory in a peaceful but firm way, and rectify the culture of corruption in government,” Bishop David said. 

Meanwhile, Stratbase ADR Institute president Professor Victor Andres “Dindo” Manhit pointed to the apparent disconnect between what voters say they want in a candidate and who are emerging as frontrunners in early surveys – a phenomenon that’s best explained by the prevalence and power of fake news.

“Today’s social media space is infected with the pandemic of disinformation, perpetrated by forces who need to distort historical facts,” he said. 

Manhit pointed out that next to television, the Internet is the second most influential source of election information. The ordinary information consumer, however, does not necessarily fact check articles he or she sees online. 

“The truth must be told. It must be told again and again so it does not drown in the well-funded deluge of lies and disinformation,” he said, as he conjured a governance scenario produced by an election decided by disinformation. 

“Voter education today must combat disinformation with untiring passion and resolve,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Myla Villanueva, chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, emphasized that the work they do is critical to maintaining the credibility of elections. 

“The young people may not remember this, but in the days of manual elections, wholesale cheating was happening in the canvassing where 2000 votes become 20,000 or sometimes, they would remove from one candidate and add to another in very big fashion.”

The PPCRV is legally empowered by the Commission on Elections to perform unofficial parallel counts, conduct voter education and registration campaigns, and be part of the voters’ assistance desk. 

A big part of the PPCRV’s work is engaging the youth, especially encouraging first-time voters to take part in elections. 

Commission on Elections spokesman and director for Education and Information James Jimenez meanwhile emphasized the ultimate benefits of an automated system which eliminates structural advantages such as perceived bailiwicks and command votes.

He also spoke about how the faster counting now eliminates any window of opportunity for dagdag -bawas (vote padding and shaving), and how the prompt release of election results protects election workers and potentially defuses tensions in hotly contested areas.

“When people no longer have time to condition the minds of the public to accept a predetermined result, then you have a fair environment for the elections where the election result is easier to accept for everyone,” Jimenez said. 

While a lot of the success of the 2022 election depends on voters and their vigilance, “we cannot trivialize the contribution of the automated election system to our safe elections.”  

Other speakers at the virtual town hall were Atty. Ona Caritos, executive director of Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE), and Dr. Rachel Khan, associate dean of the UP College of Mass Communication and program coordinator of fact-checking initiative Tsek.ph. 

In his closing remarks, Paco Pangalangan, convenor of Democracy Watch, sounded the call for Filipinos to exert due diligence in choosing candidates, to be more conscious of the source and quality of information, adopt a fact-checking mindset, open their senses and appreciate the evidence. 

“The future of our nation is worth the effort,” he said. 

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Make no room for online pirated content: Protect your data, report suspicious websites, buy original

As we gear up for another school year, we face piracy threats with online publications at our fingertips. Books and other learning resources are becoming increasingly accessible, influencing how we study and learn. How safe are our learners, teachers, schools, publishers, and institutions in this environment? The recent cyberattack on the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) reveals the serious risks we face.

On April 2, local hackers breached the DOST network, compromising two terabytes of data, including personal information of employees and research plans, designs, and schematics. This incident underscores the vulnerability of online platforms to data breaches, particularly when cybersecurity measures are not regularly maintained, monitored, updated, and enhanced.

Protecting our online identity, fighting piracy, and supporting copyrighted content are crucial. Individually, we can secure online learning environments by teaching students to safeguard their personal data. This includes securing devices, avoiding public Wi-Fi, using strong passwords, enabling two-factor authentication, and accessing only licensed learning management systems. Schools can configure desktops and laptops to prevent downloading certain file formats, especially scanned PDFs of textbooks. Learners and school personnel should practice these precautions at home and report suspicious websites.

Beyond data security and piracy risks, there is an important ethical aspect. Using pirated content infringes on copyright, undermines the hard work of content creators, jeopardizes their livelihood, and diminishes the recognition of their creativity and original work. Buying original content from legitimate sources shows respect for intellectual property rights, promotes integrity, and supports content creators.

Moreover, opting for original content benefits users, given the rigorous book development processes that help ensure high-quality, accurate information. By sourcing textbooks from legitimate providers, we can contribute to the fight against piracy, and at the same time, secure better learning experiences.

In addition to individual efforts, the government must advocate for and support content creators and book developers. Stronger anti-piracy laws and rigorous enforcement are essential, and public support and vigilance are crucial.

We must unite in this fight—society needs to stand together against piracy and uphold integrity in education.

As we start this new academic year, let us commit to being cybersafe and ethical in our use of online content. We can make smart, ethical choices. Say NO to piracy!

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LG Philippines marks World Environment Day with ‘Life’s Good with Recycling’ Campaign

9:49 p.m. June 18, 2024

LG Electronics Philippines (LGEPH) commemorated World Environment Day 2024 by launching its impactful ‘Life’s Good with Recycling’ campaign.

The event, held at the LG Electronics Philippines office in collaboration with the Pasig City CENRO (Community, Environment and National Resources Office), saw a significant turnout of enthusiastic participants dedicated to promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship.

LG Philippines Managing Director, Nakhyun Seong with Pasig CENRO Representative

LGEPH Managing Director Mr. Nakhyun Seong emphasized the importance of World Environment Day as a global platform for raising awareness and driving action towards environmental conservation. He expressed gratitude to all attendees for their commitment to making a positive difference in the world, stating, “On this World Environment Day, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to each of you. Your active participation in our ‘Life’s Good with Recycling’ campaign has been instrumental in making a real difference in our environment. Your efforts are commendable and inspire us to continue our journey towards a greener future. Remember, it is your actions that are shaping this future.”

As part of the ‘Life’s Good with Recycling’ campaign, which began on Earth Day, April 22, and concluded on June 5, individuals were encouraged to collect plastic waste. The waste collected was then processed and recycled through the Mobile Recovery Facility of Pasig CENRO.

LG Philippines Managing Director, Mr. Nakhyun Seong with the Pasig CENRO Representatives

The campaign’s main objectives encompass Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Notably, the 1,622.55 kg of collected plastics will be utilized to redeem grocery items for LG’s maintenance and support staff. Moreover, the campaign aims to strengthen both LG and local government’s commitment to sustainability and responsible business practices within the Pasig community, all while enhancing awareness and implementing concrete actions. As a crucial aspect of this collaborative effort, LG has pledged to donate plastic waste to CENRO every quarter, fortifying its backing for local environmental endeavors.

LG Philippines Managing Director, Nakhyun Seong leading the initiative of recycling the collected plastic wastes

LG Philippines remains resolute in its commitment to sustainability and environmental causes, ensuring minimal environmental impact while staying true to the values of our customers, business partners, employees, and communities. By leading by example, inspiring positive change, and contributing to a greener, more sustainable future for all, LG continues to uphold its dedication to responsible business practices and environmental stewardship, a commitment you can trust.

For more information about LG Electronics Philippines and its environmental initiatives, follow LG Philippines on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok. LG products are available in all authorized dealers nationwide, both in-store and online. Visit lg.com/ph for a complete list of our retail partners. You can also visit LG’s Official Flagship Stores in Lazada and Shopee.

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Make your Pinoy dad smile with foodpanda deals for their personality type

11:57 a.m. June 14, 2024

PINOY dads are known to be really good at MATH—as in, merienda, almusal, tanghalian, and hapunan! To celebrate tatay’s love for good food, drink, and more, foodpanda is offering a wide range of deals that will fit your dad’s unique personality. Treat your dad to the celebration he deserves this Father’s Day!

For the “cash na lang” dad

Sometimes our lives get too busy that finding the perfect gift for your dad becomes difficult, so we ask him directly. However, Pinoy dads often say he doesn’t want anything—or at best, he’d want some cash to put into his latest hobby or to beef up his hidden-from-nanay savings fund!

 If your papa is like this, foodpanda has the best deal for you. Simply use the code BESTDAD with your food delivery, pick-up, pandamart, and foodpanda shops (min. spend P1499) from June 15 to 17 to enjoy P500 cashback! Again, another two-for-one gift that your makunat dad will definitely love. Just make sure you give dad that P500 you get back in a nice envelope when your mom’s not looking.

 For the tagay tatay

Dads deserve to let their hair down every once in a while, with a cold glass of their favorite liquor in hand and enjoying the company of their family and friends. And when he’s slightly buzzed, it’s time to plug in the microphone for his soulful rendition of his favorite song! 

To make Father’s Day extra festive, foodpanda has you covered in the libation department. pandamart is having an alcohol sale from June 12 to 16, with up to 50% off on drinks such as Johnny Walker, San Miguel, Heineken, and more. This means that you get more bang for your buck—and your tatay and titos will definitely be impressed with your contribution to the tagay stash.

 For the Boy Scout dad

Pinoy dads take their responsibility to protect and provide for their families seriously. This means a lot of thought goes into making sure that he’s prepared for almost every scenario—whether it be bad weather or a bad case of the midnight munchies. You can easily add to your dad’s “just in case” pantry essentials with our Father’s Day deals.

 Simply pick out all the items you think dad would need or want and get up to 50% off on groceries and more from pandamart, Robinsons Supermarket, Puregold, Shell Select, and Watsons, among others from June 15 to 17.

 For the diskarte dad

Nothing beats a Pinoy dad’s diskarte—he’s creative and clever in raising his family. We’ve laughed at and shared his diskarte on social media, like fixing household items and appliances. Now, let’s step up and make him proud with our own diskarte, using additional vouchers from foodpanda’s bank partners.

 Use your UnionBank Credit Card for your food delivery and pick-up orders (min P650 spend) and get P200 off from June 14 to 16 with code UBMOREDAD. GCash users can use code PANDADDY to get a variety of deals with their foodpanda purchases from June 14 to 20.

 Order now at foodpanda using the app or at www.foodpanda.ph to celebrate dad, papa, and tatay this Father’s Day!

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