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COMELEC, Rappler seals partnership to combat disinformation

2022 Philippine Elections


MANILA, PHILIPPINES – In response to the prevalence of disinformation and misinformation about the 2022 elections, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) sealed a partnership with Rappler on Thursday, February 24.

Rappler will assist the COMELEC in disseminating “useful information” for public participation, according to the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

According to a report by Mark Ernest Famatigan, the media outlet’s projects for the upcoming elections include an online show, a podcast, workshops, and seminars, in addition to the usual content such as articles and infographics.

“Access to information is critical. It is just as critical that we immediately quash false, misleading, and harmful election-related information on social media. To help us on this front, Rappler has further committed to mobilize its network of fact-checkers,” Jimenez said.”We in the Commission believe that a clean, credible, honest and transparent elections require the assistance and vigilance of valuable partners.”

Rappler, through its civic engagement arm MovePH, will also assist the poll body in raising awareness of key aspects of the upcoming elections. An online show, podcast, workshop, and seminars are currently in the works.

Once activated, a Precinct Finder and Post Finder will be available on the Rappler website, which will assist voters in staying informed as election day approaches.

This is not the Commission’s first joint effort with Rappler. In 2013, COMELEC agreed to provide Rappler with real-time election data in exchange for Rappler paying for the server and allowing other COMELEC-approved media outlets to connect.

Meanwhile, millions of Filipinos are expected to turn out on May 9, 2022, to vote for the Philippines’ next president and vice president, as well as 12 senators and 316 representatives at the national level, as well as hundreds of positions at the local level.

Leni Robredo, Manny Pacquiao, Bongbong Marcos, Isko Moreno, Ping Lacson, and Leody de Guzman are among the ten candidates vying to succeed Rodrigo Duterte as the next Philippine president.


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