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Institution for info verification necessary, ex-solicitor general says

Institution for info verification necessary, ex-solicitor general says

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN AND JANYN MONTEALEGRE A FORMER solicitor general stressed the country’s need for an institution that would combat the spread of fake news. Atty. Florin Hilbay, who has also raised concerns on the same issue in a Senate hearing, said an institute for the integrity of information should be established because it is difficult for “traditional checks-and-balances” bodies such as the Office of the Ombudsman and the press to work in a climate of unverified information. “You need to have that kind of institute to protect the value of information. [...] Truth is important for opinion formation, and if the value of truth goes down, your opinions, the quality of your information will also go down,” Hilbay said. “This is a problem that was never envisioned by ...