Keynote Speech of Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (Bishop Ambo)

(This is the keynote speech delivered via Skype on April 22, 2019 by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on the occasion of the 2nd Democracy and Disinformation Conference. Bishop Ambo’s speech was also preceded by a short interview with Patricia Evangelista.)

Truth in the Age of Disinformation
Bishop Ambo David

Some time ago, I saw a film about professional political strategists who do consultancy work for politicians, especially those who are still aspiring for public office. Their work consists basically in packaging their candidate’s campaign in such a way that the public opinion, which they gauge through surveys, is influenced and swayed favorably—meaning, in favor of their candidate.

The opening scene is an interview with the character Jane Bondine (played by Sandra Bullock), being considered for a job. First question is, “Did you ever work for politicians you did not believe in?” (Her answer: “Sure, I could convince myself many things if the price is right.) Second question: “How important is honesty?” (Answer: “Oh, truth is relative in politics. The truth is what I tell the electorate the truth is.”)

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Meet the main speakers of the 2nd Democracy and Disinformation Conference

We are very honored to have two distinguished personalities as our main speakers for the 2nd Democracy and Disinformation Conference.

Our keynote speaker, who will talk about Truth in the Age of Disinformation, is Bishop Pablo Virgilio David.

Bishop David (more fondly called Bishop Ambo) was ordained priest in 1983. He took his AB Pre-Divinity at the Ateneo de Manila University and his MA in Theology from the Loyola School of Theology. He received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology in 1991 from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

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Flashback! Videos of the 1st Conference on Democracy and Disinformation

Join us on April 22-23, 2019 for the 2nd Conference on Democracy and Disinformation at the UP Bonifacio Global City auditorium. The conference is hosted by the Department of Journalism, UP College of Mass Communication. Our theme is “Disinformation and Democratic Decay: Why deceptive information erodes democratic institutions, and how to fight forward”.

To register, click here: https://2ndconferenceondemocracyanddisinformation.eventbrite.com

As we excitedly prepare for the 2nd Conference on Democracy and Disinformation, here is a chance to look back at the sessions from last year’s first Democracy and Disinformation Conference (February 12-13, 2018).

The President as Source of Disinformation

Panelists: Ellen Tordesillas, Diosa Labiste, Ron Jabal, Cherian George
Moderator: Malou Mangahas

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen addresses participants of the 1st Democracy and Disinformation Conference, 12 February 2018

(Note: Last February 2018, the Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation held a two-day conference at the Ateneo de Manila University Professional Schools, Rockwell. One of the guest speakers was Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen. We are reproducing his closing remarks, with permission, below.)

Democracy and Disinformation
Our Fundamental Freedoms
Closing Remarks
Day 1: February 12, 2018
Marvic M.V.F. Leonen, Associate Justice, Supreme Court

Thank you for the privilege to address your forum today.

At the onset and for reasons that will be clear soon, allow me to clarify my standpoint.

My legal career before I was appointed to the judiciary mostly entailed working with groups who are mostly labelled as rural, indigenous or peasant. I have also worked with families of the disappeared and victims of human rights violations. I have made representations at various levels of courts including the Supreme Court as well as in various administrative bodies and in the halls of Congress.

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