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#CourageON: We see trolls. Now what?


MANILA, Philippines – How can we hold perpetrators of online disinformation accountable?

With the rapid spread of disinformation, it’s becoming increasingly clear that more needs to be done to curb this on top of fact-checking and media and information literacy initiatives

Journalists, academics, and other members of civil society have repeatedly called for accountability measures in our platforms, our policies, and even among the community. But what does this entail, and ho do representatives of different sectors affected by disinformation envision this?

Part of this discussion will tackle legal measures in the Philippines to combat false information and libelous comments, such as the existing libel law. Many, however, raised that this can be used to silence the press. Just recently, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi filed separate libel complaints against seven news organizations that published the story on a graft complaint filed against him and Duterte campaign donor Dennis Uy over the disputed Malampaya gas field buyout. What are the needed reforms or actions to help ensure that the law would not be abused or misused?

When we see trolls and other purveyors of online disinformation, what actions should we do to hold them accountable?

We answer these and more in the 10th episode of the “#CourageON: Tumindig, Makialam, Kumilos” community show through a conversation with a lawyer and journalists.

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#HoldTheLine: Campaign to fight for truth amid disinfo, attacks on press

#HoldTheLine: Campaign to fight for truth amid disinfo, attacks on press

The community show, organized by Rappler’s civic engagement arm MovePH, aims to put the spotlight on pressing issues in the Philippines and the ways we can take collective action on them. 

The episode titled “#CourageON: We see trolls. Now what?” goes live on Saturday, December 11, at 2 pm. Participants can join the live session on Zoom by registering here:

The show features the following speakers:

SEGMENT ONE: Holding perpetrators of online disinformation accountable
  • Gemma B. Mendoza – Digital Strategy Head, Rappler
  • Attorney Ted Te – Human rights lawyer, Free Legal Assistance Group

This will be hosted by Rappler’s community lead Jules Guiang.

Check out the other episodes of the “#CourageON: Tumindig, Makialam, Kumilos” community show here:

– Rappler.com

PANOORIN: Ano-ano ang mga karapatan mo?


Alam mo ba kung ano-ano ang karapatan mo?

Gumawa ng dokumento ang United Nations noong Disyembre 10, 1948, para ipaliwanag ang karaniwang pamantayan ng karapatang pantao. Paraan nila ito upang maprotektahan ang ating karapatang pantao kahit saan man tayo sa mundo. Tinawag itong Pangkalahatang Pagpapahayag ng mga Karapatan ng Tao o Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Ang karapatang pantao sa Pilipinas ay ginagabayan ng dokumentong ito at ng ating Konstitusyon, ngunit maitataguyod lamang ang karapatang pantao kung nauunawaan natin kung ano-ano ang mga ito.

Panoorin ang bidyo na ito na ginawa ng Free the Artist Movement, kasama ang iba’t-ibang artista, makata, at manlilikha. Ang mga bumigkas sa bidyo na ito ay sina Leo Rialp, Angel Aquino, Dido dela Paz, Lui Quimbao-Manansala, Apollo Abraham, Monique Wilson, Mackoy Villaroman, Pinky Amador, Bart Guingona, Bituin Escalante, Ian Lomongo, Sue Prado, Astarte Abraham, Juan Miguel Severo, Shamaine Buencamino, Joel Lamangan, Xiao Chua, at Rody Vera.

Ito ay sa direksiyon ni Soc Jose at inedit ni Malu Maniquis. – Rappler.com

LIST: 2021 International Human Rights Day activities, protests


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has witnessed a string of human rights abuses in the time of Duterte – from the war on drugs, attacks against critics and even the media, to the mismanaged pandemic response. 

It was also during Duterte’s time when the feared anti-terror law was passed and implemented. Days before the celebration of human rights day this year, the Supreme Court voided anti-terror law’s Section 4, which would have made dissent or protest a crime if it had an intent to cause harm. The decision of the Supreme Court has garnered mixed reactions from lawmakers and other civic groups.

It is within this backdrop that the Philippines would be celebrating the 73rd International Human Rights Day on Friday, December 10. The theme for 2021 is inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ first article:  that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

Below is a list collated by Rappler of activities and protests organized by different groups to mark the International Human Rights Day:

Metro Manila

On December 10, 8:30 am,  Human Rights Defenders and Rise Up Families will lead a human chain in front of the Quezon City Hall to collectively express their dissent towards the killings of innocent Filipinos due to Duterte’s drug war.

By 10 am, a united mobilization for the International Day of Human Rights will take place at the University Avenue, University of the Philippines Diliman to assert for the safe reopening of schools, academic freedom, press freedom, and human rights, among others

In joining the protest, proper health protocols must be still be followed such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

Regional areas

On December 10, at 9 am, a mobilization entitled “Power to the people; Resist tyranny! Defend democracy” will take place at Post Office Park, led by Anakbayan Metro-Baguio.

At 1 pm, BAYAN – Panay will lead a mobilization at Iloilo Sunburst Park to express their dissent towards red-tagging and community attacks, as well as commemorating the victims of the war on drugs.



University of the Philippines Diliman

The Office of Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs of UP Diliman will hold a virtual open mic event in celebration of International Human Rights Day on December 10, at 7 pm via Facebook Live.

Cultural Center of the Philippines Arthouse Cinema

The Cultural Center of the Philippines Arthouse Cinema is currently holding a special human rights film screening featuring films that highlight human rights stories in the Asia Pacific with focus on digital rights, women leading protests, commuter mobility, and indigenous peoples. The film screening will be from December 4 to 12. 

Visit this Vimeo page to join the screening.

FEU Department of Communication

On December 10, at 7 pm, FEU Department of Communication’s Likhang Mulat Film Movements Festival 2021 will have its premiere night. Likhang Mulat serves as a platform that showcases critical and social advocacy media produced by the FEU Communication students. 

You may register for the film screening here.

Filipino LGBT Europe

On December 11, at 5 pm Manila Time, Filipino LGBT Europe is set to conduct Filipino Queer Forum: Creating a Safer and Inclusive Philippines. The panelists of this forum include:

  • Aaron Le Fevre, deputy director of the Global Equality Caucus
  • Chris Sta Brigida, chairperson of the Filipino LGBT Europe
  • Ryan Silverio, executive director of the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus
  • Atty. Twyla Rubin, OIC of the Gender Equality and Women’s Rights Center
  • Dir. Esmeralda Amora-Ladra, Gender and Development of the Commission on Elections, Philippines
  • Geraldine Roman, representative of the First District of Bataan

Visit their event page for more information about the forum.

Department of Tourism – Davao Region

In conjunction with International Human Rights Day, the Department of Tourism – Davao Region is set to conduct its Violence Against Women Stakeholders’ Summit on December 10 at 9 am. The summit will take place via Zoom.


Masipag launched an anthology of poems written by its farmers ahead of International Human Rights Day. This anthology focused on the problem of Rice Tarrification Law, agriculture, pandemic, shrinking democratic spaces, among others.

– Rappler.com

Youth groups say SC decision ‘not enough’ since dangers of anti-terror law still intact


MANILA, Philippines – Youth groups on Thursday, December 9, welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to void parts of the anti-terror law but argued that it is “not enough” to address the remaining dangerous provisions.

“While this is a partial victory for Filipinos in a clamor to protect our democratic spaces against looming fascism, we should be reminded that not parts, but the whole anti-terror law should be scrapped,” the Christian Political Science Society of Philippine Christian University-Manila (ChPSS PCU-Manila) said in a statement.

“It continues to endanger the masses amid a time of heavy political polarization that government oppositions are continuously being viewed as a terrorist threat,” the group added.

Despite concerns raised by petitioners against it, the High Court mostly upheld the heavily contested anti-terror law in a decision released on Thursday. It declared only two parts unconstitutional. It voided the caveat of the anti-terror law which would have made dissent or protest a crime if it had intent to cause harm. It also declared unconstitutional the power of the anti-terror council (ATC) to designate a person or group as terrorists based on a request by another country.

With the law mainly intact, this means several provisions including the ATC’s power to order the arrest of suspected terrorists and detain them for as long as 24 days are still considered constitutional.

It is because of the upheld provisions why youth groups echoed fears of the remaining dangers of the anti-terror law.

“Justice is still denied because dangerous provisions such as prolonged detention that can last up to 24 days, definitions of incitement, freezing of assets, and the anti-terrorism council has been deemed ‘constitutional,’” Kej Andres, the national spokesperson of the Student Christian Movement of the Philippines, said in a statement.

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), meanwhile, said that the anti-terror law “only legalized harassment and abuses among Filipinos.”

“We saw how they weaponized this to further attack critics and the press in its first year of implementation; we are currently seeing how they utilize this to demonize the opposition; and if this would continue, we would see more and worse in the future,” it added.

Youth groups pointed out this might be used to target opposition and dissenters, especially as we near the upcoming elections. This is further amplified by the prevalence of disinformation and historical revisionism that is already being seen online.

“ATL is at risk of being used as a ploy for relentless attacks against anyone considered nonaligned to their political ambitions, especially during the upcoming 2022 national and local elections. It is our fear that this law will only endanger further those that campaign and those that will run on a platform that criticize undemocratic actions that the current government is taking,” ChPSS PCU-Manila said.

The group added that the law might also limit civic spaces in educational institutions, citing “communist infiltration threats” to justify campus militarization and suppression of academic freedom. 

Among the examples they shared was the termination of the government’s decades-long accord with the University of the Philippines that prevented state forces from entering its campuses. Department of National Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana justified the termination by citing reported in-campus recruitment activities of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army, which the Duterte government branded as terrorist organizations.

While some voided parts of the law have eased fears, many of the youth groups appealed for the junking of the law to further protect ordinary Filipinos from repercussions when they voice out.

Nasa record ng gobyerno na ang binabansagan nitong terorista ay ang mga progresibo, kritiko, aktibista, at sinumang tumututol sa mga anti-mamamayang patakaran ng estado. Walang Pilipinong ligtas, lalo ang mga ordinaryong mamamayan na walang kalaban-laban at walang bitbit kundi ang kanilang lehitimong hinaing…. Dahil dito, hindi sapat ang panaka-nakang aksyon ng Korte Suprema. Hindi dapat hayaan na lalong maging mabangis ang pasistang estado. Dapat ibasura sa kabuuan ang Terror Law ni Duterte,” the Kabataan party list said.

(It’s in the government’s record that what it brands as terrorists are progressives, critics, activists, and whoever dissents against anti-people state policies. No Filipino is safe, especially ordinary citizens who are helpless and empty-handed save for their legitimate calls…Because of this, the Supreme Court’s action is not enough. It should not allow the fascist state to fester. The whole terror law of Duterte should be junked.) – Rappler.com

For many Filipinos, Maria Ressa’s Nobel prize win is more than just an award


MANILA, Philippines – The Nobel Peace Prize is the world’s most prestigious political accolade. For it to go to veteran journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov shows an unprecedented recognition of journalism’s role in today’s world.

And for many Filipinos, the award also meant so much more: a reminder to “hold our ground and stand up for what we believe in, even under circumstances when we’re intimidated to duck and cower,” a “clarion call for vigilance,” a source of inspiration to “further push forward in efforts for truth and justice,” and a recognition of the harrowing fight for press freedom, among others.

As the two journalists were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, December 10, groups and individuals across the Philippines commended Ressa for her work and shared its impact to their advocacies and communities.

Here are just some of the congratulatory messages that Filipinos made to celebrate Ressa’s Nobel Prize win:

Movers and Filipinos

Hours before the Nobel Peace Prize awarding ceremony, Movers took to social media to congratulate Rappler CEO Maria Ressa for her historic win.

“We are taking so much courage from your example,” one of the movers said in their tweet.

Other Filipinos also sent in their congratulatory messages for Ressa using the hashtag #CongratsMariaRessa.

“We believe that Rappler’s ideals inspire us to continue to promote the important role of citizen journalism in the province of Pangasinan…. Rappler’s #ZeroCasualty initiative taught us to use citizen journalism to save lives, empower science communication, and fight disinformation,” Kevin Ibasco, Pangasinan Youth for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management founder, said. 

Human rights defenders and activists

Human rights group Karapatan also congratulated Ressa, saying it is fitting she is recognized on Human Rights Day, “at a time when the Filipino people face the most atrocious attacks on people’s rights.”

Despite being on the receiving end of attacks and legal harassment themselves, Ressa and Rappler journalists have reported on press freedom violations, threats and attacks against critics and human rights defenders, killings in the drug war and the war against dissent, and other human rights violations.

“Amid attempts to silence critical voices, protests, and dissent, those who dare to retell the truth and assert the people’s right to information contribute to the people’s broader movement for justice and accountability. Ressa and Rappler have made such contributions,” it added.

Acknowledging the important role that journalists and media practitioners play in upholding human rights, Karapatan hoped the international recognition for Ressa and Rappler can “enable them to continue their work and pursue their commitment to these principles.”

This was echoed by the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance, which said her recognition was more relevant now following the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the majority of the contentious and draconian provisions of the controversial Anti-Terror Law.

Cebuana writer Bambi Beltran said Ressa’s Nobel Peace Prize win should be a “warning” to would-be despots. 

“Since Duterte took office in 2016, the Philippine media, especially Rappler, has been attacked and the law weaponized against them. The Nobel Peace Prize award to Maria Ressa is a bright ray of light that shines on Philippine journalism and should give would-be despots warning that the whole world is watching,” Beltran said. 

Beltran herself was arrested in 2020 over a satirical Facebook post that then-Cebu City mayor Edgar Labella called “fake news.” The prominent film writer and poet was named a Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Laureate for later suing the local government and Cebu City police over her arrest. 

Meanwhile, Ray Dean Salvosa, First Quarter Storm activist and former president of the University of the Cordilleras, said Rappler CEO Maria Ressa’s work despite the challenges brought about by the government made the Nobel Peace Prize rightly earned.

“Her body of work and the threats and efforts by the government – our own government at that – certainly earned her that honor. But that same government dishonored itself by what it tried to do to her,” Salvosa said.

Solicitor General Jose Calida had tried to block Ressa’s travel to Oslo before the Court of Appeals ultimately allowed her to go.

Media groups and campus publications

Among those who lauded Ressa’s award were campus publications, media organizations, and journalists collectively fighting for truth in an environment that demonizes the press.

In fact, the award comes on the heels of the recent killing of Kapampangan veteran journalist Jess Malabanan. Emphasizing its timeliness, Pampanga-based content creator Kevin Montalbo said the award is proof that “free and independent journalism in the Philippines is still under threat.”

“The Nobel Peace Prize is a major win for truth in a country split in ideologies. May you continue fighting the good fight. Luid kayu pu (May you live long)!” Montalbo added.

This was echoed by journalists based in Baguio, through a statement released by Aldwin Quitasol, the president of Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club. He said, “her recognition proves that every struggle for people’s rights and democracy and being vocal against abuses is a noble deed in a world where injustice reigns.”

Younger journalists were also inspired by Ressa’s achievement. For one, the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) vowed to “further push forward in efforts for truth, justice, and press freedom as we want to fight for the rights of the public and public interest.”

“We will continue the effort of delivering the truth of discrimination, (and) injustices, and upholding the rights of the marginalized sectors. We are inspired and ignited by the efforts of our Nobel laureate and we will continue to express the corruption, anomalies, and injustices committed by abusing the powers of the government,” the group said.

CEGP also commended Ressa’s efforts to “use her voice despite the backlash and harassment of social media trolls and a warrant of arrest given by the government to her.”

Meanwhile, journalism students in the Visayas said Ressa’s win “inspired them” to hold their ground.

“Nobel’s prestigious recognition for Maria Ressa for safeguarding freedom of expression tells me that it is possible to hold our ground and stand up for what we believe in, even under circumstances when we’re intimidated to duck and cower,” University of San Carlos student Stephen Esic told Rappler. He is also the president of the Cebu Federation of Communication and Journalism Students. 

Marvin Malificiar, the chairperson of the West Visayas State University-College of Communication Student Council, said Ressa won because of her fight for upholding the truth, which he added was more crucial at this time.

“As a communication student who stands by the truth and accuracy, fighting for what is just and right is my accountability. On the surface, I believe fearlessly upholding the truth enables Maria Ressa to win the Nobel Peace Prize. In this time where press freedom is under attack, fighting for the truth has never been this crucial. It is hope amidst the dying democracy and freedom of the press that I see after her win,” said Malificiar.

Patuloy na mag-aalab ang masidhing komitment ng bawat isa na magkaroon ng tunay na kalayaan sa pamamahayag sa ating bansa. Maria Ressa, ang iyong tagumpay ay aming insiprasyon na naghatid ng sibol ng pag-asa (Our strong commitment to have true press freedom in our country will continue to burn. Maria Ressa, your win is our inspiration to keep the faith),” the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines’ Nueva Ecija chapter said. – Rappler.com

#ReliefPH: Help communities affected by Typhoon Odette


Thousands of Filipinos are in need of help and relief following the massive devastation caused by Typhoon Odette (Rai).

The typhoon made landfall at least nine times from December 16 to 17, triggering forced evacuations and leaving swaths of destruction in parts of the Visayas and Mindanao. It also affected power lines, causing blackouts in several areas.

In Western Visayas, four deaths in Iloilo and Guimaras were caused by trees that toppled over and crushed homes during the height of the typhoon. 

Several organizations are leading donation drives and relief efforts to respond to the needs of affected communities, especially those in Surigao.

This is a running list of verified initiatives that you can check out to help survivors of Typhoon Odette. For easier reference, we arranged them according to their target recipients – affected communities in general, specific Visayas provinces, and specific Mindanao provinces.


Ateneo de Manila University

The Ateneo de Manila University will provide food for communities affected by the typhoon. Here’s how you can send your donations:

Bayan Panay

Bayan Panay is accepting in-kind and monetary donations.

In-kind donations may be dropped off at Door 2, Jardeleza Apartment, Cuartero Street, Jaro, Iloilo City. For monetary donations, you may scan the GCash QR Code or send them to the PayMaya account posted.

For other concerns, donors may contact Bayan Panay through 0963 637 0743.

BUKLOD College of Social Sciences and Philosophy

BUKLOD College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, together with the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines and other partner organizations, is accepting in-kind and monetary donations, as well as volunteers.

They have drop-off points in Mandaue City, Cebu City, and Cagayan de Oro City. See the details below:

For the Future PH and Kids for Kids

Kids for Kids and For the Future PH are continuing their typhoon relief and climate emergency fund to respond to the needs of affected communities.

You may donate to any of the following accounts:

Gabriela party list and Lingap Gabriela

The Gabriela party list and Lingap Gabriela are calling for donations and volunteers.

Those interested to help may drop off in-kind donations at #57 P. Burgos St., Barangay Marilag, Quezon City, or #35 Scout Delgado St., Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City. 

Cash donations may also be sent to any of the following accounts:

  • Chinabank 
    Lingap Gabriela Inc. 
    Account Number: 105002008935
    Swift Code: CHBKPHMM
  • Gcash
    John Marc Cho Santos
    0915 768 7114

Those interested to help in the preparation and distribution of food packs and hygiene kits may sign up through the volunteer form, send a message to Lingap Gabriela’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, or email lingapgabph@gmail.com


Interested users may send monetary donations to GCash’s partner organizations that are leading relief operations by scanning the GCashGivesBack QR code or sending donation through the Pay Bills #GCashGivesBack wallet.

You may scan the QR code of your preferred nongovernmental organization. Among the options are Philippine Red Cross, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc, GMA Kapuso Foundation Inc, UNICEF Philippines, Ayala Foundation Inc Disaster Resilience, and Save the Children PH.

Senator Manny Pacquiao

Presidential aspirant and Senator Manny Pacquiao’s camp arranged relief operation teams and cargo planes to transport donations from Metro Manila to typhoon-hit areas.

They are accepting in-kind and monetary donations. In-kind donations may be dropped off at Team Pacquiao Headquarters, Pacific Star Building, Makati Ave cor Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City.

Monetary donations, meanwhile, may be sent through the Manny Pacquiao Foundation via its website pacquiaofoundation.org.

For concerns and donations, you may contact the following: Dixie (0945 433 9960), Mhae (0907 241 3658), Xy (0926 625 9404), and Jane (0915 162 0601).

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan is coordinating with the Social Actions Centers of affected dioceses and its affiliate organizations Tanging Yaman Foundation and Ateneo de Manila University to bring help to communities in need.

Here’s how you can help:

  • GCash
    • From the GCash app, go to PAY BILLS.
    • Click OTHERS.
    • Look for SIMBAHANG LINGKOD NG BAYAN on the list.
    • Enter AMOUNT.
    • Click NEXT to CONFIRM.
  • BPI
    • BPI peso checking account: 3081-1111-61
      Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

For proper acknowledgment and tracking, notify the Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan and send a photo or screenshot of your transaction/deposit slip to slb@affiliate.ateneo.edu.

Tulong Kabataan Network

Tulong Kabataan, a relief and rehabilitation network initiated by the Kabataan Partylist, is calling for donations for affected residents in the Visayas and Mindanao. It is working in partnership with the University of the Philippines Diliman University Student Council (UPD USC).

UP Diliman students residing in affected areas are also encouraged to answer this sensing form at bit.ly/OdettePHSensingUPD to accommodate academic, relief, and other assistance-related concerns.

People may send monetary donations via the following channels:

In-kind donations may be dropped off at this site: 117C Matatag St., Barangay Central, Diliman, Quezon City.

For further inquiries and concerns, contact Hayme Alegre (0969 096 4538). You may also reach Safety and Security Committee Head Andrew Ronquillo (0943 708 7772) at feronquillo@up.edu.ph, or the official page of the UPD USC.

Vice President Leni Robredo

Donations may be sent to the Leni-Kiko 2022 Volunteer Center at 284 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City 1108. The entrance may be found at 33 Esteban Abada Street.

The following relief goods are urgently needed:

  • Blankets
  • Ready-to-eat food (easy to open canned goods, instant noodles, biscuits)
  • Rice
  • Bottled water
  • Sanitary kits (soap, sanitary napkins, diapers)
  • Face masks and alcohol
  • Medicine for common types of sickness

Below are the contact numbers that Vice President Leni Robredo listed for the initiative:

  • 0969 298 9893
  • 0969 298 9894
  • 0969 298 9895

Cash donations, meanwhile, may be coursed through their Angat Buhay partner:

  • Metrobank
    Tanging Yaman Foundation, Inc.
    Tañong, Marikina Branch
  • BPI
    Loyola Heights Branch

For verification and acknowledgement purposes, send a screenshot or photo of your transaction/deposit slip to tangingyaman777@gmail.com.

World Vision Philippines

World Vision Philippines is leading an emergency response to help families affected by Typhoon Odette.

To help, people may donate to any of the following bank accounts with account name World Vision Development Foundation, Inc:

  • Bank of the Philippine Islands
  • Banco de Oro (BDO)
  • Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank)
  • Metrobank

Below are initiatives focused on helping those affected in the Visayas and Mindanao:


De La Salle Philippines

The De La Salle Philippines will be sending over basic needs and relief goods to places in Visayas affected by the typhoon. Below are details of the bank accounts where you can send your donations. Send your deposit slips to kadauno@delasalle.ph.

  • Account Name: De La Salle Brothers, Inc.
    Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
    Peso savings account number: 3103-3749-86
    US Dollar savings account number: 3104-0289-09
    Swift code: BOPIPHMM
  • Rizal Commercial Bank Corporations (RCBC)
    Peso savings account number: 7590-569081
    US dollar savings account number: 8-296-00115-6
    Swift code: RCBCPHMM
  • Security Bank Corporation
    Peso savings account number: 0000014366500
    US dollar savings account number: 0000011740719
    Swift code: SETCPHMM
Negrosanon Young Leaders Institute Inc.

The Negrosanon Young Leaders Institute Inc is pooling funds for Typhoon Odette survivors who are based in Negros Occidental. The monetary donations will be used to provide relief packs and hot meals to children and families in evacuation centers and communities based in the province.

Interested donors may donate to any of the following channels: 

UP Visayas-University Student Council

The University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) – University Student Council, in coordination with Tulong Kabataan Western Visayas, UP Antiqueño, UPV Negrense, UP Cabatuananon, and other regional organizations in the university, is calling for monetary donations.

For queries, contact Phillippe Angelo Hiñosa at 09283407211. People may donate to the following accounts:

  • Metrobank
    June Aubrey Atos
  • Landbank
    3297 0748 72
    Feliz Noemi Grace Espinosa
  • GCash
    Chelcie Pahila
Youth for Climate Hope

Youth for Climate Hope is leading relief operations to help affected communities in Negros Island.

Below is a list of urgent relief needs and drop-off locations for donations in Bacolod City and Silay City:


Balai Obrero Foundation

The Balai Obrero Foundation aims to help affected communities, especially those based in Mindanao.

It is accepting in-kind donations at Balai Obrero Foundation, 63 Narra St., Barangay Claro, Project 3, Quezon City. Its telephone number is 8421 0986.

People may also give monetary donations:

  • BDO
    Balai Obrero Foundation Inc.
  • GCash
    0951 925 1037
For the Future PH and Kids for Kids

In collaboration with non-governmental organization Lokal Lab, For the Future PH and Kids for Kids opened direct donation channels to help affected communities in Siargao.

They are accepting the following in-kind donations:

  • Blankets
  • Ready-to-eat food (easy to open canned goods, instant noodles, biscuits, rice)
  • Bottled water
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Face masks and alcohol
  • Tents
  • Hygiene kits
  • Medicine

These may be dropped off at AP Cargo Warehouse located at 124D Durian Park, Domestic Road, Pasay City, Metro Manila. People may contact 0917 845  8596 for coordination.

Other drop-off points are also available in Quezon City, Cubao, Mandaluyong, Taguig, Laguna, Makati City, New Manila, Alabang, Antipolo, and Paranaque City.

Check this out for the addresses:

Donors are instructed to label their donations with names and content for easier tracking of goods.

Aside from the accounts listed above, people may also donate via Paymongo: bit.ly/KTF_DONATE. – Rappler.com

Do you know of other initiatives helping communities affected by Typhoon Odette? Use the hashtag #ReliefPH or email them to move.ph@rappler.com.

IN PHOTOS: Filipino community leaders tell Maria Ressa, ‘You are not alone’


The following photo essay was originally published in The Oslo Desk.

Photo by Ka Man Mak

Filipino journalist and 2021 Nobel Peace Prize co-winner Maria Ressa met with Filipino community leaders at the Grand Hotel in Oslo right after she delivered her inspiring speech at the awarding ceremony held at the Oslo City Hall, on December 10.

Photo by Ka Man Mak

Ressa gave a shorter version of her speech at the awarding ceremony to the delight of the community leaders who had waited for hours to see her at the Grand Hotel.

Photo by Ka Man Mak

In her characteristic hands-clasped-together gesture, Ressa implored the Filipino community leaders to do their part in curbing disinformation in social media and to spread the message of truth despite online threats and harassment. She enigmatically asked them what she said she has asked herself so many times before, “What are you willing to sacrifice for the truth?”

Photo by Ka Man Mak

While addressing the community, Ressa would at times look up as if trying to recapture moments when she was standing in front of the Nobel Peace Prize awarding audience, grasping for words to convey her important message to those who want to hear.

Photo by Ka Man Mak

Ressa raises her hands animatedly while trying to drive home a point about “surveillance capitalism and how everyone needs to hear how it impacts their lives and world democracy.”

Photo by Ka Man Mak

Ressa kept the community enthralled with her exhortations on what they can do to help restore trust in social media, fight the lies and defend democracy.

Photo by Ka Man Mak

“Build “communities of action,” Ressa challenges the Filipino community in Oslo, saying much is expected of them considering they live in a democratic land where “most of the things work.”

Photo by Ka Man Mak

“In a world where the rule of law exits, the cyberlibel case should have been thrown out,” Maria tells the leaders of how she was persecuted by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. She also rues the fact that there is so much poison in social media that it is becoming more difficult to sift truth from lies. “Once you are angry, you can believe anything,” is how she explains why there is so much hate and disinformation.

Photo by Ka Man Mak

“You are not alone, that is what the Nobel Committee is saying, that is what I have heard from them,” she revealed to the leaders.

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Ressa listens intently to a leader’s question, only to be told that she can be compared to Philippine national hero Jose Rizal. She blurts back, “Don’t say that, he was shot!” to everyone’s laughter.

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A place of honor is in the center of the Filipino community. Ressa poses happily with the leaders who gathered in her honor and in her name.

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Christmas glitter along the path of the Torch Parade at Karl Johan street to honor this year’s Nobel Peace laureates.

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“We are Filipinos and tonight we march proudly along Karl Johan street bearing the national colors honouring the country’s very first Nobel laureate.”

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Not without controversy, a banner carried by a group at the Torch Parade asks, “Where is Assange?” while in the same breath declaring their support for Ressa and Muratov.

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Filipinos gathered under the same flag, braving the wintry night on December 10 to show support for Maria Ressa.

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Flags and cheers greeted Maria below the Grand Hotel balcony as Filipinos from all walks of life await her appearance. Some wear the pink color, the symbol of hope.

“I’m here,” Maria might have been saying that to the crowd as she steps out on the balcony with co-winner Russian journalist Dmitrij Muratov. The Filipino crowd gets into a frenzy shouting, “Ressa, Ressa, ‘di ka nag-iisa (Ressa, Ressa, you are not alone).” – Rappler.com

As groups band for relief, Filipinos call for sustainable solutions after Typhoon Odette


Just like clockwork, Filipinos were quick to crowdsource immediate relief needs to be brought to affected communities after Typhoon Odette left a trail of destruction in parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

As of writing, Rappler’s civic engagement arm MovePH has collated and verified more than 70 relief initiatives led by various academic institutions and organizations, religious groups, and businesses across the country. This does not yet include relief efforts led by individuals or shops that have pledged a portion of their profits for donation.

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#ReliefPH: Help communities affected by Typhoon Odette

#ReliefPH: Help communities affected by Typhoon Odette

This show of bayanihan ranged from collecting and packing immediate relief needs such as hygiene and food kits; opening temporary shelters; offering free charging sites; and collating calls for rescue, relief, among other needs to help affected communities.

Bayanihan to the rescue

Some groups like the Bukluran UP System focused on mobilizing volunteers to monitor public posts and reach out to families struggling to connect with loved ones in the provinces due to broken electricity and telecommunication lines. 

To accommodate those who lost their homes, schools like the University of San Carlos in Cebu opened its doors to shelter typhoon victims.

Private establishments and universities also put up free charging stations for gadgets and free WiFi services to be able to communicate with their loved ones such as the University of San Carlos – Downtown Campus, SM Seaside City Cebu, and Robinsons Galleria Cebu.

Meanwhile, others took the holiday season as an opportunity to channel their talents and skills to raise more funds. For example, volunteer musicians and local artists of Ambagan PH – Zamboanga Peninsula and Ambagan PH conducted online Christmas caroling to raise funds for typhoon victims.

UP Artists’ Circle Fraternity, on the other hand, is selling artworks and literary pieces to generate funds, which will be directed to the relief operations of the Community Pantry PH.

Efforts directed in relieving the plight of women were seen as well, as The We Bleed Red Movement PH packed menstrual kits for Typhoon Odette victims.

Animals were not left behind in this effort. The Pawwsion Project, together with Puppy Puddle Siargao, also initiated a donation drive for animals in affected areas.

Cooked food was also given to affected communities. The Community Kitchen Project has already mobilized its community teams in Visayas to feed families in typhoon-hit areas including Bohol. Meanwhile in Negros, Youth Empowering Youth Initiative Inc., Negrosanon Young Leaders Institute Inc., Linghod, and Youth for Climate Hope have been leading community kitchens in evacuation centers in the area.

Community pantry organizer Patricia Non also helped in activating community kitchens for typhoon victims. Some of these are in Surigao, Negros Oriental, Bohol, Northern Samar, Cebu, Panay, Antique, and Palawan.

Some groups did not work alone or in silos. Many worked together to further amplify their efforts and re-echo their views. An example of this collaboration is the initiative headed by the Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP) with Agham Youth National, UP Green League, UP Zoological Society, UP Association of Biology Majors, and Saribuhay National. 

As of December 22, this joint initiative has already gathered over P350,000 in donations for Typhoon Odette victims.

Not the first time

This isn’t the first time that bayanihan has given affected communities the support they need during disasters. This was seen at the onset of the pandemic, in the aftermath of typhoons Ulysses and Rolly, and even in the rise of community pantries across the country. 

As groups once again band together to help following Typhoon Odette, several groups lamented the constant need for bayanihan to fill in the gaps of government’s response measures to disasters. This came especially after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte claimed government funds for responding to the typhoon are “immensely depleted” by the COVID-19 pandemic. He later promised to find P10 billion in government funds for initial response.

In a statement, People for Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action (PAGASA PH) said “when Duterte says there is no money, we know this is a lie. Even as we stand in solidarity with those in need, doing the work the government should be able to do, we keep this in mind and know that we deserve better.” 

The group is among those leading relief initiatives to help communities affected by Typhoon Odette. 

The need for more sustainable solutions to be put in place

Although it acknowledged the efforts of local governments and other stakeholders to evacuate residents, Aksyon Klima Pilipinas emphasized the need for more sustainable measures that would mitigate the impacts of disasters.

“We commend the efforts of local governments and non-government stakeholders who initiated the evacuation of millions of residents and prepared as best as they can in anticipation of Odette’s impacts. Despite their best efforts, many areas across Visayas and Mindanao experienced disastrous effects that would disrupt their normal operations,” the group said.

The Climate Change Commission (CCC) pointed out that Typhoon Odette “is a stark reminder of how extreme weather can destroy entire towns and cause the suffering of millions in several hours of landfall.” 

Extreme weather events and other climate impacts are expected to become more severe, especially as the level of global warming continues to increase. The CCC urged national agencies and government to start climate-proofing the country to avoid another iteration of Typhoon Odette’s devastation.

“National agencies and local government units must have stronger consideration of climate science in crafting policies and implementing projects and programs for our most vulnerable regions, as well as for companies, businesses, and households to be more aware of the specific climate risks and hazards in their area. A systems-wide transformation is essential to climate-proof our future and will entail a shift in every aspect of planning and investing for development,” it said.

Alyansa ng Kabataang Mindanao Para sa Kapayapaan (AKMK) echoed this sentiment, saying government and private sectors must do away with the “business as usual” framework. 

Remembering the devastation left by Typhoon Sendong in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City in 2011, it said that the issues faced by internally displaced families still exist 10 years after as seen in the impacts of Typhoon Odette now.

AKMK called for stronger community-based disaster readiness and risk reduction measures, as well as a speedy response and recovery to affected communities.

“To our fellow Filipinos, now more than ever we must work together to help out our fellow kabayan in recovering [from Odette]. However, we must not simply treat these disasters as something to get used to — our fight continues for genuine climate justice, for local and world leaders to treat the climate crisis like a crisis,” Jon Bonifacio, the national coordinator of Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines,  added.

Rodne Galicha, Aksyon Klima Convenor, also reminded aspirants for the upcoming 2022 national and local elections to spare their personal interests from this tragedy, hoping that future administrations would genuinely uphold climate justice.

“We also call on all candidates for national positions in the 2022 Philippine elections to not simply use this tragedy as an opportunity to shamelessly promote their campaigns, but also prioritize the climate and environment agenda in their platforms. We also expect our next leaders to further empower local stakeholders to avoid or minimize losses from climate-related disasters,” added Galicha.  – Rappler.com 

Nothing is too big nor too little to help. Here’s a rundown of initiatives where you can volunteer or donate as a holiday present for those in need. 

Allena Therese Juguilon is a Rappler Mover in Angeles City, Pampanga.

WATCH: Rappler marks #ADecadeofCourage


MANILA, Philippines – Rappler will be marking 10 years of operations on January 7, 2022.

As we turn 10, we look back at our past to find the courage to continue treading onwards. Dubbed #ADecadeofCourage, Rappler’s virtual anniversary celebration will feature a series of discussions that reflect our three pillars for the past decade: journalism, technology, and community. 

Aside from panel discussions, the anniversary special will showcase performances from renowned Filipino artists and bands.

#ADecadeofCourage: A Rappler anniversary special

Keynote address by Rappler CEO and Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa

Live Jam featuring Noel Cabangon


Panel discussion – Journalism Past & Present: The evolution of independent media in the Philippines
with Marites Vitug (Editor-at-Large, Rappler), Leloy Claudio (Professor, University of California – Berkeley), and Carmela Fonbuena (Executive Director, PCIJ)
Moderated by Glenda Gloria (Executive Editor, Rappler)

Live Jam featuring Cheats


Panel discussion – Technology Past & Present: The future of online news
with Chay Hofileña (Managing Editor, Rappler) and Julie Posetti (Global Director of Research, International Center for Journalists)
Moderated by Gelo Gonzales (Tech Editor, Rappler)

Live Jam featuring Ruby Ibarra


Panel discussion – Community Past & Present: Using technology for social good
with Gemma Mendoza (Head of Digital Strategy, Rappler), Jules Guiang (Head of Community, Rappler), and Leni Velasco (Secretary-General, DAKILA)
Moderated by Stacy de Jesus (Former Head of Community, Rappler) 

Recognition of Rappler Service Awardees

A Toast to Rappler

Catch our anniversary celebration on Rappler on Friday, January 7, at 6 pm, Philippine time. Ahead of the event, you can check out this series of essays written by Rapplers and former Rapplers on their experiences and learnings the past decade. – Rappler.com

Young journalist treks to shore to get signal and report on Olango Island after Odette


CEBU, Philippines – On the isolated Cebu island of Olango, information has become a struggle after Typhoon Odette took down the cell tower serving the 42,000 residents on the island.

But for Elmer Tradio, 21, the lack of signal is not a reason to stop publishing. 

“After Typhoon Odette, we at OLIB (Olango Island Bulletin) still do our best [to post]. Even if we don’t have electricity or internet, we try to find ways,” Tradio told Rappler in Cebuano.

“We go to Sitio Bantigi, where they have cell signal to look for internet connection,” he added.

The cell towers on Mactan or Cebu can sometimes reach the shoreline area of Bantigi, which faces mainland Cebu. But, on rainy nights, the wind and rains and big waves can drench people who go to the area to try to send their text messages, or check their Facebook accounts.

For now, Tradio writes his stories or posts offline and quickly tries to post them once he’s able to find signal.

And they have to be quick as 3G or LTE signal can last for less than a minute or two sometimes.

Journalists on the island also have to conserve battery in the gadgets they use to write their stories as majority of homes still do not have electricity. They have to search for charging stations or places with solar chargers.

Unlike more popular news outlets in Cebu, the OLlB does not have a website, radio station, or print publication connected to it. They publish directly on the Facebook page and group.

Over 3,100 are members of OLIB’s Facebook group, where most of their stories are posted, while about 2,000 people follow the Facebook page. 

The page is run by four administrators, who act as content editors, and eight “patrollers” who are the reporters for the pages.

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IN PHOTOS: Olango Island after Odette

IN PHOTOS: Olango Island after Odette

OLIB was started in July 2021 to give residents an alternative news source, or one not owned by local government officials.

The last few posts on the public group by the admins include information about food aid and relief efforts on the island.

Aside from social media, most residents get their news from mainland Cebu newspapers, TV and radio stations, which do not cover what is happening on their island very often.

“Mainstream media, even local mainstream media, does not really cover our island enough aside from probably religious festivals,” Tradio said.

Tradio said while they do cover local politics and hard news, they want their coverage to be issue-based and focused on the people and industries of the island.

Prior to the typhoon, they have featured stories on fishermen, shell craft makers, and crab fishers.

Their news coverage also includes tourism, anti-drug advocacies, police stories, and stories on the environment.

The administrators of the page act as editors, vetting the information and making sure stories are complete with the “five Ws, and the h (who, what, when, where, why, how),” the young reporter said. 

“We’re not perfect but we’re doing our best. I’d grade ourselves an eight out of 10,” he said. 

Another challenge is getting the stories to the intended audience. The aid situation on the island is still dire and many residents are still waiting for food and do not know when the power will be turned back on.

Tradio is a student of Cebu Normal University in Cebu City but has been stuck in his hometown since face-to-face classes were suspended due to COVID-19.

Even if he is not earning from his practice, Tradio is enjoying honing his storytelling skills in his hometown.

“I wanted to join to inspire others and I want to utilize my talent,” Tradio said. “There is a lot of talent in Olango and they are not confident enough to showcase their talent,” he added. 

Aside from problems accessing the internet, he said they also have a limited budget to cover events or do information gathering far from home.

In the future, the new publication hopes it could grow its audience and more people would be inspired to tell the stories of Olango Island. – Rappler.com

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