“Without facts, you can’t have truth.
Without truth, you can’t have trust.
Without trust, we have no shared reality, and no democracy.”
Maria Ressa, Nobel Laureate
For over half a decade now, Filipinos have been spending the most number of hours on social media globally.
The Philippines is considered patient zero in the global disinformation infodemic.
Hate and lies harm democracy. They weaken the institutions that sustain it.
Citizens need to push back and combat the lies and the hate - and hold to account those behind them.