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Robredo: Do not be afraid of China in WPS issue

Robredo: Do not be afraid of China in WPS issue

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By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN VICE PRESIDENT Leni Robredo stressed that the Philippines must not be afraid of China in asserting its ownership over territories within the West Philippine Sea (WPS) during a forum held June 11. “[Speaking] up against a major global superpower is intimidating. By size, by headcount by, influence or by military strength, the Philippines may seem small and insignificant, but our people are not,” she said. “We cannot hand over our sovereignty just because we are afraid. We must assert our claim on the [WPS], but that means each of us must stand united so that we can fight for what is ours,” Robredo added. The Chinese Coast Guard has reportedly been harassing Filipino fishermen in the WPS despite the July 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitrati
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