The Research and Extension for Development Office (REDO) organized a voter’s education forum entitled “Dalâ na ang Pilipinas: Dalâ na sa Halalang Marumi, Marahas at Puro Pangakong Napako” last April 30, 2019 at the UP CSWCD Seminar Room. It was attended by the members of Pook Arboretum Neighborhood Association, Sangguniang Kabataan of Brgy UP Campus, Sulong Kabataan Brgy. UP Campus, Samahan ng mga Manininda sa UP Campus, and some workers from NAMASUFA (Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Suyapa Farms).
The forum consisted of a three-part discussion: Disinformation, Party-list System and Automated Election System or RA 9369. The speaker for Disinformation was Ms. Jane Uymatiao, founder of Blogwatch. She discussed “fake news” and its technical definition. According to her, there should be no “fake news” because all “news” is intended to be true. There is only disinformation in which the information is intended to be wrong to cause confusions to the public. She also shared ways of fact checking thru the internet. She also shared the website tsek.ph, a collaborative fact-checking website project for the Philippine 2019 National Election initiated by Ateneo De Manila, De La Salle University, University of the Philippines, and media partners.
The second speaker was Angelica Marcelino of KontraDaya. She discussed their research on the partylist (PL) system. The PL system is created to represent the marginalized sectors to the Congress, however, the research found that some political dynasties maximize the PL system to extend their political power to the congress. They create a bogus PL to represent “marginalized” sectors but none of its nominees are from marginalized sectors.
Lastly, the speaker for the Automated Election System (AES) was Joffar Rapiz, Coordinator of Computer Professionals’ Union. He discussed how the AES works and how to poll watch in an automated election. He gave lists of to-checks and to-ensure of the poll watchers. He also discussed how “dayaan” will be possible in AES.
The audience were attentive and participative in the discussion. REDO hopes that the audience who attended the forum will be “dalâ