ABS-CBN News: New military chief eyes ‘regulating’ social media to combat radicalization. “The new head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said he was eyeing to ‘regulate’ social media, which he claims had become a platform used by terrorists in radicalizing and recruiting future members.”
Arab News: Philippine president pledges free coronavirus vaccines for poorest 20 million citizens. “Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday announced that 20 million of the country’s poorest citizens will receive free COVID-19 vaccines, which he hoped would happen by December.”
NBC News: Troll farms from North Macedonia and the Philippines pushed coronavirus disinformation on Facebook. “One of the largest publishers of coronavirus disinformation on Facebook has been banned from the platform for using content farms from North Macedonia and the Philippines, Facebook said on Friday.”
Philippine Star: This is how some heritage sites are coping amid COVID-19 pandemic. “On National Heritage Month, some heritage sites shared how they are adapting amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Tourism last Thursday hosted its 16th webinar titled ‘Paraparaan: Redefining the Use of Heritage Places for Covid-19 Survival’ where participants discussed how the COVID-19’s impact would reshape tourism, sustainability and conservation programs at the country’s heritage sites under the so-called ‘new normal.'”
NPR: As COVID-19 Fears Grow, 10,000 Prisoners Are Freed From Overcrowded Philippine Jails. “As COVID-19 sweeps through many of the world’s prisons and jails, the Philippine Supreme Court has ordered the release of nearly 10,000 inmates in one of the world’s most congested prison systems. Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta said in the order… that granting bail and releasing indigent prisoners on ‘recognizance’ would help staunch the spread of the novel coronavirus that has infected both prisoners and staff.”
Wall Street Journal: Is That a Rooster on My Customer-Support Call? Yes, Blame Coronavirus.. “Thousands of call-center employees in the Philippines and India are working from home, often on the outskirts of urban areas or outside them, during their countries’ coronavirus lockdowns. That has given cows and pigs—but mainly roosters—a chance to chime in.” Kind of here for it honestly.
Interaksyon: The rise of Ligo Sardines as a social media voice during COVID-19 crisis. “Ligo Sardines lately became popular online due to its witty social media advertisements which Filipinos perceived to throw a ‘shade’ against the government’s questionable policies during the duration of the enhance community quarantine. The sardines company also earlier gained attention for its graphic advertisement that showed the canned goods’ easy-open feature accompanied by the line: ‘No special powers needed.'”
New-to-me, from GMA News Online: American man collects thousands of antique photos that captured the beauty of old Manila. “A 76-year old American citizen loves the Philippines so much, he has a collection of antique photos that show what the country had been like over the years. Many of the photos immortalized the beauty of old Manila. In an episode of iJuander, John Tewll shared that he has over 12,000 photos in his collection.”
Good News Pilipinas: University of the Philippines opens portal on Taal Volcano data, 1st in Asia to offer public access. “The Taal Volcano LiDAR datasets were derived through the use of airborne systems mounted on an airplane. The output of the LiDAR sensor is a 3D point cloud containing points that were scanned. The LiDAR technology was able to generate maps with resolution of up to 1×1 meter which can be used for planning and reconstruction of areas damaged by the Taal Volcano eruption in Batangas on January 12, 2020. The Taal Volcano mapping is free and downloadable by anyone with internet access and by most modern GIS software.”
Manila Times: Phivolcs launches web tool for tsunami hazards. “THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) launched a web-based tool that could provide information on tsunami hazards in an area. The GeoAnalytics is a web-based application that shows tsunami exposure analysis and visualization tool of a barangay or village, municipality and province, which can be used in disaster risk management.”
Channel NewsAsia: Kidney for sale: How organs can be bought via social media in the Philippines. “In the second of a two part series looking at the illegal trade in human organs in the Philippines, CNA’s Pichayada Promchertchoo investigated how social media is an essential tool for many of those involved in the lucrative business.”
Lifestyle .INQ: Mormons turn over 4 centuries of digitized Philippine Catholic records to CBCP. “In a low-key but historic event, the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints (Mormons), through its Family Search arm, recently turned over digitized Philippine Catholic Church records spanning four centuries to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).”
Techdirt: Philippines Lawmaker Introduces ‘Fake News’ Bill That Would Allow The National Police To Literally Police Speech. “The latest country to add a speech-squashing, government-expanding ‘fake news’ bill to its roster of bad ideas is the Philippines. The proposal doesn’t use the terminology du jour, but ‘fake news’ by any other name is still ‘fake news.’ Here’s the immediate effect the ‘Anti-False Content Act’ would have on the country’s population.”
Washington Post: Why crafty Internet trolls in the Philippines may be coming to a website near you. “The world of Internet trolls — the gaslighting, the fabrications, the nastiness — is now a fact of life in the Web ecosystem nearly everywhere. But something new is happening here: Experienced public relations experts in the Philippines are harnessing the raw energy of young and aggressive social media shape-shifters.”
CDN: Digital Cebuano, NCCA project goes online. “The project continues an earlier project with the NCCA [National Commission for Culture and the Arts] – the Shared Future project – which was completed in 2017. For this recent addition, the materials freshly digitized are the Nueva Fuerza newspapers and some more years of the Bag-ong Kusog newspapers, both high-traffic early twentieth century periodicals for local and foreign researchers. The project covers eight years (8) years of Nueva Fuerza and four (4) years of Bag-ong Kusog.” Cebuano is a language spoken by over 10 million people in the Philippines. See this article in Britannica. Some people argue that Cebuano is not a separate language at all but is a dialect of Bisaya.