Roque rallied supporters of the Duterte administration who share the same sentiment to make public their concerns. “That is why I commiserate with those that object with the selection of Rappler and VERA Files because we know where they stand,” he added. “That is a free marketplace of ideas... My advice is for the Facebook users to make their wishes known to Facebook and of course, the possibility of shifting is always there,” he said. Meanwhile, VERA Files defended itself as one of the two fact checkers of choice by Facebook. “VERA files is an accredited fact checker by the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN), a global alliance of fact-checkers committed to advancing accountability journalism,” VERA Files president Ellen Tordesillas said in a statement sent to The STAR through email, in response to Roque’s statement.
Source: Philippine Star April 16, 2018 15:11 UTC