tv DW News Asia Deutsche Welle April 25, 2022 6:30pm-6:46pm CEST
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i'm british benji, welcome to the dublin news asia. glad you could join us 2 weeks from today. people in the philippines will go to the polls to vote for a new president. some observers calling it one of the most important elections in the country's history. a number of candidates are standing, but only to appear to have any chance of winning the favorite. this bad man, marco's junior. he's the son of the former dictator who was ousted in 1986 after being accused of repression and stealing billions of dollars from the state. data survey show marco's junior on 56 percent of the vote. di is goes, as dr. lenny robledo is on 24 percent and they say the campaigns are big driven more by personality rather than ideology. but brenda says she sees it as her task
to save democracy in the philippines. we'll have more on the candidates in a moment, but 1st a report from manila on how catholic priests i'll weighing in on the campaigns. good afternoon, i will this man in pink is actually a priest, but he's not on the streets to evangelize people in the hall. he's here preaching politics, carrying posters and stickers instead of a bible father, not baltazar maloney. lin is campaigning for philippines, vice president lenny roberto, ahead of next month's presidential election. she's running a distant 2nd in the polls to ferdinand marco's junior, the son, a name sake of the country's late dictator. we have to be wise to seeing a candidate who can promote good to each one of us and not the evil one. this monument near manila commemorates the people power protests in 1986,
which drove the marco's family in exile for several years. the families accused of stealing as much as $10000000000.00 on the government. while marco senior was in power, almost half of this decade rain was under martial law when thousands of people were tortured, killed, or disappeared. markers, jr, refuses to address the atrocities and dismisses questions about his own conviction, frank and active aiden, as well as the almost 4000000000 dollars an estate taxes that his family as long or the government in a home. baltazar belongs to a group of more than 1200 priests, nuns and missionaries who have a band and neutrality in this race to support roberto. during a recent sunday mass in his church, baltazar referred to an aggressive social media campaign by supporters of marco's junior. he accuses them of trying to rewrite history. on golden days, it was said that the marshal lawyers was the golden age. baltazar says adding, maybe only for the cronies, maybe only for the marco's family, the house,
i'm gonna call me. oh some woman up on media medical, but in a country which is 80 percent catholic, there's controversy over where pre should draw the line. in official, on the catholic bishops conference told the w priest must speak the truth about human rights violations. that happened during martial law, but they should not be campaigning for any particular candidate. this parishioner and baltazar church was critical of him publicly taking sides. i agree that the priests shouldn't be complaining or should it be biased to any candidates? father baltazar plays down those concerns. the role of the gothic church. we have to be the promoters of good news, the gospel. that's why we had to promote the good candidates and not the bad one. baltazar has even outfitted a van for his campaigning. he drives around his province, showing solidarity with the robledo faithful and trying to convert supporters of
furden on marco's junior. i think he'll stop long. he says to this man, i'm here trying to explain to you, if you could reconsider your choice. the response for marco's law, i'm sorry, my decision is final. i am for marcos said to see the are you seeing the swain with the pick blocks with the you? chill with the social media are watching and so he keeps on campaigning. will say, lamely love with as the clock ticks down to election day, hoping that enough votes go his candidates way. oh, the lower none of the in. and joining me now for more from manila is john liz jesse good tenga. jesse fredman, macos junior, is currently leading an opinion polls despite his family's legacy and a conviction for income tax evasion. oh, and what is his offer to filipinos? well, 1st in mark was junior,
we called him bone bone 1st stop. he's teamed up with the daughter of the current president of the legal to therapy. her name is sarah, good. they are they and they are running in tandem. so the voter base of their this and of the mark assess, have kind of joined together. and that is the premise of their pitch to the country, to voters, which is unity. they call themselves the unit team and in their sort east and all of their campaign materials. they have been just promoting this idea of unity, unity about what and unity of who they don't exactly explain, but they're drawing from this vague idea of the con countries politics be so fraught with conflict and opposing views and the atmosphere being so $600.00 mark was his promising, we're going to get rid of all of that we're going to do or establish unity in the country and with unity, we are going to rise up again. so he gives these big promises of rising back from whatever crisis the philippines is in, on without saying it,
he's hearkening back to the star for the so called good old days of his father's redeem. of course, you know, no start to make things look rosy and there is this machinery. there is this campaign of this information that have basically white wash the marcus family's history and have highlighted, you know, the fact that they live like royalty they have come to be associated with opulence and big ticket projects and flashy infrastructure development. during the time of the marco says, of course, without mentioning the fact that the country went into bad death during those times, and all of those things the country plunging into poverty. all of these are hidden behind the screen. this battle cry of unity and a promise of going back to the good old days. more prosperous days. yes. jesse, i do want to talk to her particularly about this veneer that has been propagated on social media. but before that, just to talk about his challenger, who is currently running 2nd in the rest of the opinion, polls vice president,
current vice president, lenny real bread or what is her pitch to voters? well, her promise is the exact opposite of what michael says. it. what marcus junior is promising, and that is a, a government free of corruption, a government that works properly in service of the country. so her tagline, her to the country is it's called a which basically translates do with a government that's honest every once lives is going to improve. so for her are her basic her, although she does have many programs that she wants to put forward. her main page is that you're going to fix this government. we're going to lead out corruption. and if we do that, if we want to just make things, make the bureaucracy work properly, then you will see that everyone's lives is going to improve. wow, i'd like to go back to the point about misinformation that you were making earlier that also the report that you played for viewers is also making about social media
misinformation during this election. in fact, late last year, i had spoken to nobel prize winning journalist and rep. let's see you maria. research about this. and i just like to play for our viewers. what she said to us then. 35 years after the mark of family was, was tossed out of the philippines by a people power revolt for denmark loss junior bone bone mark loss right now has is running for president. so, you know, in 2019 rattler actually exposed the networks of this information that had been created to chip away at history to really or yet history. and i can share that. i can share the links with you. what, you know, this is going to be a battle for facts, and we're going to have to make sure the facts way. and in order to do that, these are better than social media platforms are gonna have to put gar, grills and prioritize facts. just it was me, i was referring to facebook particularly which is so popular in the philippines.
but the question remains, have god drains been put up across social media, so facts can be shared and not missing information. well, the short answer is no more. no, then yes, there have been some efforts to combat misinformation on social media, particularly facebook. facebook has employed or has collaborated with journalists on fat check initiatives. so there are, there are journalists to fact check this information on the internet and counter them. with fact, however, the brother reality is there still are no rules or laws regulating the posting of this information on the internet. besides, what's inherent in facebook, a mechanism to report, report messages or posts that violate community standards. but beyond that, there isn't anything. even the philippines has not made any effort to come up with a lot to regulate social media. in general. there are laws governing political
advertising on all media platforms except social media because the technology is so new and even the government is having a hard time keeping up with it. it's just not been the priority. so yes, any efforts do that is a, is a drop in the bucket. honestly. i mean, maria was also told you about this and you were told you were talking to us about there's only one earlier. it has been particularly when it comes to the mom course temperament. that is, this whole veneer this, this information of the bloated is if you like, of the dictatorship or what is driving this. i mean, is this from the mark or campaign or is it just ordinary voters who believe what they believe? that is the big question, isn't it? so let's start with in january 23rd, took down some 300 accounts on their platform that were spreading, promoting this information favorable to mark was a junior. so a,
whether those were for you will back ruled by the mark, assess. it's for anyone to guess. but we do know that efforts like these require a lot of money. there have been asking you said that there have been discovered troll armies on. it's called market that this information and organized the way of spreading are fake news basically favorable to the market. yes. but there has been, you know, the public has picked up on this. the average filipino many ordinary filipinos have taken to this message again, are themselves spreading. are these bits of this information like wildfire and social media to reach to go on to the electron on election day? we try and re speaking again, john, mr. secretary in manila, thanks so much and that's it for today. we leave you now with the images from election season currently underway in the philippines. i for now and we will see you tomorrow.
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