Daily Tribune : NPC backs OSG fight vs Rappler

11 March 2022

By Alvin Murcia | Daily Tribune

The National Press Club (NPC) will join the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) in asking the Supreme Court (SC) to rescind the fact-checking memorandum of agreement (MoA) entered into by the Commissions on Elections (Comelec) with online news website Rappler.

NPC president Paul Gutierrez said their action would be notwithstanding Comelec’s suspension of the MoA Tuesday after the OSG filed the complaint with the SC a day before.

Like Solicitor General Jose Calida, the NPC averred that Rappler is funded by foreign interests and, thus, could not be expected to be impartial in fact-checking issues related to the 9 May elections and the candidates.

The press organization noted the irony of the OSG going against the Comelec instead of lawyering for it. The group lauded Calida’s action, including his giving the Comelec five days with which to set aside the MoA.

Rappler reported profits in 2019 and 2020 from its fact-checking and news reporting activities it described as calling “attention to the virus of lies infecting our information ecosystem globally.”