Arab News: Philippine president pledges free coronavirus vaccines for poorest 20 million citizens

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.”

‘Seeded in social media’: Jailed Philippine journalist says Facebook is partly responsible for her predicament (Washington Post)

Washington Post: ‘Seeded in social media’: Jailed Philippine journalist says Facebook is partly responsible for her predicament. “The arrest this month of Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, which experts say is a retaliatory move for exposing violence-inciting fake accounts on Facebook linked to President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, raises the question of the company’s culpability for her dangerous predicament.”

CBS News: Social media platforms “used for evil and need to get fixed,” leading journalist says

CBS News: Social media platforms “used for evil and need to get fixed,” leading journalist says . “Maria Ressa, one of four figures Time magazine cited when it recognized journalists as its 2018 ‘Person of the Year,’ said that for a time, information operations on Facebook ‘demolished’ her reputation and peace of mind. Ressa told CBSN’s Reena Ninan on Friday her story should serve as a cautionary tale for the United States. Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of Rappler, a Philippine news site that has reported on President Rodrigo Duterte’s increasingly authoritarian government and his bloody war on drugs.”

BuzzFeed News: How Duterte Used Facebook To Fuel the Philippine Drug War

BuzzFeed News: How Duterte Used Facebook To Fuel the Philippine Drug War. “In August 2016, a handful of crude images began circulating widely throughout Facebook’s Filipino community: a middle-aged man and woman having clumsy sex atop a tacky floral bedspread. The man’s face, obscured by shadows, was impossible to make out. The woman’s was not. She appeared to be Sen. Leila de Lima — a fierce critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his bloody war on drugs. But the woman was not de Lima.”

Al Jazeera: Government targets Rappler, website critical of Duterte

Al Jazeera: Government targets Rappler, website critical of Duterte. “The Philippine government has sought to shut down an independent news website, which has published critical stories about President Rodrigo Duterte, a move observers and journalists say is an attack on press freedom and democracy.”

GMA News (Philippines): Adult social media users with 5k followers can cover Duterte events –PCOO

GMA News (Philippines): Adult social media users with 5k followers can cover Duterte events –PCOO. “If you are 18 years old with a social media page that has at least 5,000 followers, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) can accredit you to cover President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar on Wednesday confirmed that he just signed Department Order No. 15 or the interim social media practitioner accreditation.”

Duterte on use of ‘troll’ army: I have followers (Manila Times)

Manila Times: Duterte on use of ‘troll’ army: I have followers. “PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has denied a report that his administration was using government funds to hire people to defend him on social media even after his election victory. In a press conference after he delivered his State of the Nation Address on Monday, Duterte admitted paying online trolls but said this only happened during the campaign season and not after he was elected.”