By Erma Edera
Student organizations and publications from six schools in Manila have launched a voter advocacy and political fact-checking website on Saturday.
“PINTIG.ph” seeks to engage voters, especially the youth, and help them make informed choices during the midterm elections.
The website’s name stands for “Pinag-Isang Tinig Para sa Pagbabantay sa Halalan,” and will contain profiles of candidates for the Senate and partylist elections including their stances on pressing political and social issues.
Students will be leading the fact-checking of candidates’ claims and present them on the website as well. This is part of a continuing commitment to fight fake news and propaganda, which has become more prevalent during the election season.
PINTIG is a joint effort between organizations in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) such as societies of Journalism, Economics and Political Science students, and of campus papers the Varsitarian, UST’s official student publication, and of The Flame of the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters.
The advocacy is also in partnership with the student journalism societies of Bulacan State University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Lyceum of the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and the University of the East.
“At a time when some citizens of the country seem to have little knowledge about the elections and the candidates, PINTIG.PH will serve as a guide for voters to know what to do and who to vote for during the elections,” UST Journalism Society President Franchesca Viernes said.
“PINTIG.ph” is in line with living up to the core values of compassion, competence, and commitment of UST to the truth, to the Church and to the country. This is paying witness to the words of UST’s patron saint, Thomas Aquinas, who said that “It is better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate,” said Christian Deiparine, Varsitarian editor in chief.
The website’s launching was held at the Varsitarian office, Room 105 of the Tan Yan Kee Student Center of the University of Santo Tomas in España, Manila.
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between leaders of the student organizations and publications was followed by a reception after the website launching. #MatalinongBoto2019