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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 19, 2018

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday

PRESIDENTIAL AIDE. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go (right) with President Rodrigo Duterte at the Camp Panacan Station Hospital  in Davao City on January 29, 2018. Malacañang Photo

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, February 12-18, 2018

Feb 18, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Must-watch videos this week

DISINFORMATION. Computer programmer Carlos Nazareno shares how Duterte supporters swarmed the Facebook page of the  International Criminal Court shortly after it announced its probe on the government's war on drugs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ex-DepEd chief: Culture that laughs at Duterte's jokes fuels fake news

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:36 PM

Representatives of the church and the academe mull solutions to the growing culture of hate and disinformation in the Philippines

LOST SOULS. Br Armin Luistro says Filipinos have lost their soul from all the divisiveness. Photo from Rappler livestream

Media expert warns journalists against acting like 'stenographers'

Feb 15, 2018 - 5:41 PM

'A journalist, by repeatedly reporting, accurately quoting Duterte's false claims, inadvertently becomes a peddler of fake news,' veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas also says at the Democracy and Disinformation Forum

JOURNALISTS AS STENOGRAPHERS. Media studies professor Cherian George warns journalists against acting like 'stenographers,' as he addresses the Democracy and Disinformation Forum in Manila on Februar 12, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

In fighting disinformation and trolls, silence 'cannot be an option'

Feb 14, 2018 - 5:30 PM

From Wikipedia to Facebook, how do we fight back against trolls, 'fake news' and historical revisionism?

FIGHT BACK. 'Don't surrender your space to people who are faceless, nameless, and mindless, says TV5 news anchor Ed Lingao at Democracy and Disinformation forum on February 13, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How Duterte supporters swarmed the ICC Facebook page

Feb 14, 2018 - 3:15 PM

'All the posts of the past two days have been swarmed and attacked by Filipino trolls – every single post. It is crazy and it is full of non-sequiturs,' says computer programmer Carlos Nazareno

WATCH: Democracy and Disinformation Forum

Feb 13, 2018 - 4:46 PM

How 'fake news' and other forms of disinformation threaten our freedoms, and how to fight back

Fake news law can be 'dangerous' – former Al Jazeera correspondent

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'If the law can be loosely interpreted, at some point it will be loosely interpreted,' says former Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste

Democracy Forum at the Ateneo Law School in Makati on February 12, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 12, 2018

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday

5 key themes of a week in Davos

Jan 27, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Here is a recap of 5 key themes that emerged over a week of meetings at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss Alpine village of Davos, which closed on Friday, January 26

DAVOS. US President Donald Trump delivers a speech during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting on January 26, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Dodging bad headlines and boos, Trump tries to charm Davos

Jan 26, 2018 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) Trump's audience boos him when he strays off script during a brief question session after the speech with an attack on the 'nasty,' 'mean,' 'vicious,' and 'fake' press

TRUMP IN DAVOS. US President Donald Trump answers to journalists upon his arrival to address the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting on January 26, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Trump takes 'America First' mantra to skeptical Davos elite

Jan 25, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Trump, who has made 'America First' the touchstone of his year-old administration, touches down in the Swiss city of Zurich aboard Air Force One en route to the World Economic Forum in Davos

TRUMP IN DAVOS. US President Donald Trump waves as he arrives on January 25, 2018 in Zurich en route to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Merkel warns 'protectionism not the answer' to world problems

Jan 24, 2018 - 11:14 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks a day before the arrival of US President Donald Trump, whose aggressive trade policies have raised concern among defenders of globalization

ANGELA MERKEL. German chancellor Angela Merkel addreses the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) on January 24, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Snow-bound Davos warms to business-friendly climate

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Undermining rosy data on the world economy are warnings that elite fora such as Davos must start finding solutions for everyone else down the income ladder

SNOWY DAY. A security guard show the way to a man outside of the Davos Congress Centre under snow ahead of the opening of the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 annual meeting, on January 22, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Macron hosts 140 CEOs in pre-Davos charm offensive

Jan 22, 2018 - 8:39 PM

The business-friendly president will host executives at the Versailles chateau near Paris for an event billed as a warm-up for Tuesday's opening of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountains

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he speaks to the magistrates of the Court of Auditors (Cour des Comptes) during the Court solemn hearing to mark the beginning of the year in Paris on January 22, 2018. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Merkel to deliver Europe speech at Davos

Jan 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will make the speech on Wednesday, January 24, during a one-day visit to the event, spokesman Steffen Seibert says, adding she would also hold a range of unspecified bilateral talks on the sidelines

MERKEL AT DAVOS. German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a press conference on February 9, 2017 in Berlin. File photo by dpa/Maurizio Gambarini/AFP

Trump to make surprise appearance at Davos

Jan 10, 2018 - 9:03 AM

The gathering might seem antithetical to Trump's brand of politics, but the White House insists his message will be the same surrounded by chalets as it would be in Washington

ON TRUMP'S AGENDA. A file picture taken on January 25, 2012 shows participants at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting standing under a sign reading 'World Economic Forum' at the Congress Center in Davos. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

PH's lessons from disasters: #ZeroCasualty possible through social action

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:04 PM

This speech, delivered in November at the 2017 World Bosai Forum in Japan, is made timely by the rising death toll from Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin)

WORLD BOSAI FORUM. MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz delivers a speech at the World Bosai Forum/International Disaster and Risk Conference held in Sendai, Japan from November 25 to 28, 2017. Photo courtesy of Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Co.

Mencari jawaban siapa pemilik kota di 5th Urban Social Forum

Dec 17, 2017 - 12:30 AM

35 ribu hektar area di Jabodetabek sudah dimiliki oleh pengembang swasta

Sketsatorial: Mengubah persepsi kampung agar tidak ketinggalan zaman

Dec 15, 2017 - 2:33 PM

Kampung sering dianggap negatif, tapi dengan visi yang benar, kampung dapat bertransformasi menjadi bermanfaat bagi warganya

When kids don’t know they are victims of sexual abuse

Dec 09, 2017 - 6:22 PM

Kim* was 12 when her neighbor recruited her. By the time she was rescued, she was already 15.

ABUSE. Children as young as 12 years old fall victims to online sex trafficking. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Avengers or Suicide Squad? When Sereno and Morales attend a forum together

Dec 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The former colleagues on the bench tease each other, but they also send a strong message

Human Rights Commissioner Chito Gascon, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales attend the Constitutional Fiscal Autonomy Group (CFAG) forum on November 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman/PRIMB

‘Black propaganda’ under Duterte admin reduced trust in media

Nov 29, 2017 - 12:14 PM

'So makikita naman natin may effect din ‘yong pagkampanya against us,...sa pagsabi na presstitute ‘yang mga ‘yan, bayaran lahat sila. Hindi naman po totoo,' says CMFR chief Melinda Quintos-de Jesus

DEFENDING THE MEDIA. CMFR executive director Melinda Quintos-de Jesus discusses the propaganda to discredit Filipino journalists. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Social media users advised to be critical of trolls

Nov 28, 2017 - 10:00 PM

‘You have to engage them and fight back,’ says veteran journalist Ed Lingao at Rappler’s ‘Truth, Trust, and Democracy’ forum

THE PANELISTS. From L to R: Lourd de Veyra, Tonyo Cruz, Leloy Claudio, Eg Lingao, and Caloy Conde during the Rappler forum on November 28. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Freedom of speech ‘limits the power of government to lie’

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:27 PM

Veteran reporter Ed Lingao says about fake news online, ‘Everybody has the right to be wrong, but everybody has the responsibility to get it right’

FREEDOM. Blogger and columnist Tonyo Cruz laments the power of free speech in a democracy. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

'Craving for the truth': #FactsMatterPH tops local Twitter trends

Nov 28, 2017 - 6:21 PM

In the age of selfies, trolls, and bots, facts matter immensely to the Filipino netizen

AGENDA: Truth, Trust, and Democracy in the Age of Selfies, Trolls, and Bots

Nov 25, 2017 - 2:52 PM

This public forum on November 28 aims to promote a better understanding of the nature of digital platforms and how they affect public opinion

PH leads call for innovative climate finance for vulnerable countries

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:52 PM

The Philippines needs to get support for data gathering and capacity building, says Senator Loren Legarda, head of the Philippine delegation at the 23rd UN Climate Change Conference

Pangilinan still optimistic over oil hunt in West Philippine Sea

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:15 PM

As ASEAN countries and China prepare to craft a Code of Conduct, Filipino tycoon Manuel Pangilinan is hopeful potential oil and gas reserves in the disputed waters can eventually be tapped

HOPEFUL. 'We are quite optimistic that something could happen, but that is entirely beyond our control,' PXP Energy chief Manuel Pangilinan says. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Blogapalooza marks its 6th year of industry leadership through 'Generation Digital'

Nov 11, 2017 - 10:16 AM

This networking and marketing event shall be held this November 18 at the Grand Ballroom of City of Dreams Manila

ASEAN+SocialGood Forum: Building an inclusive ASEAN

Nov 08, 2017 - 5:05 PM

On Monday, November 13, Rappler and the ASEAN Impact Challenge talk about innovation as a catalyst for an inclusive ASEAN

Only 5 countries close gender gap in education, health – WEF

Nov 04, 2017 - 1:34 PM

The Philippines reopens its gender gap in health and survival this year, but maintains its gender equality in educational attainment

HEALTH ACCESS. A total of 34 out of 144 countries studied by the World Economic Forum have closed the gender gap on health and survival. Photo by Shutterstock

Global gender gap widened for the first time in a decade – report

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:15 AM

68% of the world’s gender gap has been closed in 2016, says the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report

GENDER GAP. The 2017 Global Gender Gap report says the world has closed 68% of the gender parity gap.

PH slides to 10th spot of Global Gender Gap report for 2017

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:04 AM

Despite the drop, the Philippines remains the most gender equal country in Asia

GENDER GAP. Philippines remains to be in the top 10 most gender equal countries in the world.

Batangas aims to be great again in coffee production

Oct 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Through the Kapeng Barako Revival Project, an advocacy group is hoping to bring back the glory of Barako coffee

CEREMONIAL PLANTING. Governor Hermilando Mandanas led the coffee ceremonial planting in the launch of the Kapeng Barako Revival Project. Photo courtesy of Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

EU eyes P6B grant for Mindanao despite Duterte tirades

Oct 27, 2017 - 8:14 PM

'It is very important to have peace and stability for the Philippines and for the attraction it gives to EU investors,' EU Ambassador Franz Jessen says

European Union (EU) ambassador Franz Jessen is pictured during a press briefing in Manila on December 9, 2015. The European Union announced on December 9 that it was sharply boosting aid to the Philippines, largely to help sustain a peace process with Muslim rebels in the south. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO / AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

WATCH: ASEAN Leaders Forum 2017 with Mahathir Mohamad and Fidel Ramos

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:12 PM

Two of the most influential ASEAN leaders talked about their achievements, leadership, and insights during a forum moderated by Rappler's Maria Ressa

Crown prince pledges a 'moderate' Saudi Arabia

Oct 24, 2017 - 10:59 PM

'We are returning to what we were before -- a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world,' said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

MODERATE. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledges a "moderate, open" Saudi Arabia, breaking with ultra-conservative clerics in favor of an image catering to foreign investors and Saudi youth. Photo by  Fayez Nureldine/AFP

FYI 2017: Enak dan sehat tak perlu jadi dua kubu berbeda

Oct 24, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Forum for Young Indonesians 2017 bertemakan Our Food, Our Future

Panelis Forum for Young Indonesians saat membahas gerakan hidup sehat bagi anak muda di Jakarta pada 22 Oktober 2017. Foto dari FIY

FYI: Kemas persoalan pangan untuk kepedulian anak muda

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:39 AM

Forum for Young Indonesians akan digelar pada Minggu, 22 Oktober, di Main Hall Haji Usmar Ismail, Jakarta Selatan, dan mengusung tema ‘Our Food, Our Future’

Panitia FYI saat gelar konferensi pers di Jakarta pada 18 Oktober 2017. Foto dari FYI

Mahathir working hard to 'get rid' of 'dictator' Najib

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:12 AM

'Unfortunately he is not like his father,' former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad says of current Prime Minister Najib Razak

DEMOCRACY. Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad talks about democracy during the ASEAN Leaders Forum. Screenshot by Rappler

Want to be on Duterte’s good side? Be pro-poor, aide tells businessmen

Oct 11, 2017 - 6:18 PM

'If big business will not help the poor, definitely the President will be against that establishment,' Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion tells business executives

ANTI SELF-SERVING FIRMS. A year into power, the Philippine president's tirades against select big business have caused tremors. Rappler file photo

Infrastructure remains weak link in Philippines' competitiveness

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:25 PM

The World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index for 2017-2018 underscores that slow infrastructure development is hampering the Philippines' economy

PH inches up in 2017 WEF Global Competitiveness Index

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:00 AM

However, it falls behind more neighbors, given inadequate public infrastructure and inefficient government bureaucracy

Deaf in Albay given 'voice' to fight for their sexual rights

Sep 26, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Manila-based Forum for Family Planning and Development has been holding workshops on reproductive health and rights in Albay province for the past 3 years

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

PH to add more sectors allowing 100% foreign ownership

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:15 PM

I want to be more aggressive and to be at par with other ASEAN countries says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

MORE AGGRESSIVE. 'I want a more aggressive liberalization. The draft list is too puny in terms of changes. I want to be more aggressive and to be at par with other ASEAN countries,' Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says. File photo

Diokno thinks 2018 budget deadlock unlikely to happen

Sep 14, 2017 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED While Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is not worried over conflicts on the proposed budget of the Commission on Human Rights a foreign business leader says the issue is not sending the right signals to investors

NOT WORRIED. 'At this time I'm not worried about what's going to happen. I'll just look at what will come out of the third chamber. Let's not speculate on what's gonna happen,' DBM chief Benjamin Diokno says. File photo

Biggest driver of inequality is corruption – millennials

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:28 PM

56 of youth believe that corruption and lack of transparency should be fixed to address inequality a 2017 World Economic Forum survey reveals

INEQUALITY. A poor household in Navotas City lives in a shanty made of scrap materials. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Young people see climate change as top global challenge – survey

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:02 PM

Next to climate change the other top global challenges according to millenials are large scale conflicts or war and religious conflicts

7 in 10 millennials would welcome refugees in their own country – survey

Aug 29, 2017 - 9:21 AM

Some 74 of the 31 000 millennials surveyed says they empathize with the situation of the refugees data from the World Economic Forum’s WEF Global Shapers Annual Survey reveal

SEEKING REFUGE. Rohingya migrants sit in a boat as they're towed closer to land by fishermen, off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in Indonesia's East Aceh district of Aceh province, before being rescued on May 20, 2015. AFP Photo