Ex-Army's Open Letter to Facebook Due to Rappler & Vera Files Fact-Checking Role


A former combatant warrior of the Philippine Army, retired Army Major Abe Purugganan wrote and Open Letter to Facebook with some of his closest friends calling the attentions of Facebook after they approved Rappler and Vera Files as two of the Philippines fact-checker groups.


In the viral Open Letter to Facebook, Sir Abe Purugganan stated that as Filipinos "who are active participants in the national affairs of our country using Facebook as our platform. We thank you for making Facebook."



With the help of Facebook, our countrymen according to Sir Abe that Thru Facebook our countrymen have become more aware of the true situation of our nation, which have been denied to them before the advent of social media. Facebook has helped us bring about issues of national interest and expressed our sentiments on these matters freely and boldly.

However, recent development has forced us to write you this letter to raise our concern on certain issues in your fact-checking program in our country which we believe have serious implications for our right to free speech.

According to Sir Abe, Filipinos are now concerned with the decision of Facebook to partner with Rappler and Vera Files.



Here's the Complete Open Letter of Abe Purugganan to Facebook for Rappler & Vera Files Roles on Facebook

April 13, 2018

Dear Mr. Mark Zuckerberg,

We are Filipinos who are active participants in the national affairs of our country using Facebook as our platform. We thank you for making Facebook. Thru Facebook our countrymen have become more aware of the true situation of our nation, which have been denied to them before the advent of social media. Facebook has helped us bring about issues of national interest and expressed our sentiments on these matters freely and boldly. However, recent development has forced us to write you this letter to raise our concern on certain issues in your fact-checking program in our country which we believe have serious implications for our right to free speech.

We believe that there has been a mistake in allowing Rappler and Vera Files to be partners of Facebook’s third-party fact-checking program in the Philippines. These two have no credibility in our country. Aside from being accused by our people as purveyors of lies and propaganda machines for the political opposition, these two have been suspected of being tools to destabilize our government.

As for Rappler, it is presently an illegal entity. Its license to do business has been revoked last January 11, 2018, by our Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) for violating its rules. Rappler was found engaging in a fraudulent transaction and deceptive scheme to hide the nature of its funds from foreign funders which circumvented constitutional restrictions on foreign ownership. Please be informed that our constitution prohibits foreign ownership in media institutions. This illegal act does not also live up to the code of principles set by the International Fact-Checking Network in terms of transparency in funding sources.

We understand Rappler became a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network last October 2017 on the pretext of having already complied with the criteria set by the Poynter Institute where the International Fact-Checking Network belongs. However, with the discovery of its illegal act, Rappler has not only complied with the criteria but they did it in bad faith. And with revocation of its license, Rappler has no more legal personality of transacting business with Poynter Institute where the International Fact-Checking Network belongs, and so with Facebook.

Poynter Institute should have been more careful in vetting out Rappler. We do not discount that Rappler was sponsored by Omidyar Network making it easy for Rappler to be qualified. Omidyar Network is the same organization that funded Rappler, which by the way was the reason why their license was revoked. We understand the Fact-Checking Network was also funded by Omidyar Network thru Poynter Institute.

With this information, prudence and reputational risk management dictate that any transaction with these two should be terminated immediately. Poynter Institute should also delist them from the signatories of the International Fact-Checking Network.

We pray that this mistake is corrected immediately as it may cause further confusion and erosion on the credibility of our media with Facebook being used as an unwitting tool by our political opposition to deceive our people, to suppress freedom of speech in our country, and to destabilize our government.

We appreciate your commitment to the US Congress last April 11, 2018, to make sure that Facebook will not be biased in the work they do. We pray that Facebook will live up to this commitment.

Respectfully,

Abe Purugganan
Benedict Exconde
Vivian Velez
Evelyn Casas
Nette Venus
Razel Biantan
Joe Chan Dimaculangan
Victor Figueroa David
Paulino Jose Misa
Ma Theresa Rios Frigillano
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Rita Bonifacio 
Faye Celeste 
Ariel Angcaco Albacete 
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Alfred Guevarra 
Arnel Dolot 
Gerardo Patacsil 
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Peter F Mutuc 
Lenbe Velmonte 
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Isir Seguerra Eduarte 
Jake Perez Count me in.
Nicky Asuncion Oller 
Sam V Rage 
Jojo Bumanlag 
Emer Aviles 
Arthur Tilbe Galero 
Stanley Rabaria 
Pat Banglot-Glovasa 
Nida Iturralde Paguio 
Rona Polopolo 
Rey Tobias 
Bing Ganaban 
Adelancer Jhuan Oscar 
Joven Radam 
Imelda Daya Tambis Costillas 
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cc:

Ms.Clair Deevy, Facebook Director forCommunity Affairs for Asia Pacific
Mr. Martin Andanar, Secretary of Presidential Communication Operations Office
Mr. Eliseo Rio Jr, Secretary of Department of Information & Communication Technology
Ms. Teresita Herbosa, Chairperson of Security and Exchange Commission

Source: Sir Abe Purugganan FB Page


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