MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is poised to add another feather to her cap of International awards. This time, the ultimate award: Nobel Peace Prize!
It may be wishful thinking, but Rappler is trying hard to connect the nomination of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) for the coveted prize to its own fact-checking pact with Facebook.
Truth be told, Rappler has been a signatory to the IFCN’s Code of Principles since 2017, and is one of the two Facebook fact-checkers in the Philippines, along with Vera Files.
As a fact checker however, Rappler is far from being a promoter of peace. It has, on the contrary become a harbinger of conflict, with no less than its CEO proclaiming the Philippines to be a “war zone.”
Many will also recall that Rappler and Ressa have early on instigated war with The Adobo Chronicles, claiming the satirical news site to be “fake news.”
Nevertheless, we’re rooting for Ressa and Rappler. They are entitled to their own fantasies like the rest of us.