Disinformation becomes top threat to Philippine democracy ahead of election

A campaign t-shirt featuring Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr and his running mate Sara Duterte in a print shop in Manila, on April 12, 2022. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
Supporters of Philippine vice-president Leni Robredo at a campaign rally on April 9, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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MANILA - In three weeks, Filipinos will march to polling precincts to pick their next president. Most will decide based on what they have seen online. Therein lies the rub.

There has been so much disinformation, gaslighting and whitewashing online that they may end up choosing a leader based on half-truths, falsehoods and fabrications, rather than on facts.

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