#FactsFirstPH to Filipinos: The battle for facts needs you

The battle for facts needs you.

This is what more than 100 organizations from the media, coalitions, civil society, business, academe, law, and the Church said as they launched a first-of-its kind initiative on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, called “#FactsFirstPH.”

FactsFirstPH brings together various sectors that are committed to promoting truth in the public space, and exacting accountability on those who harm it with lies.

Ed Bice, CEO of Meedan, one of the technology partners of #FactsFirstPH, says “Democracy is the promise of governance that reflects the periodic, electoral decisions of its citizenry.  Networked misinformation threatens the very foundation of democracy. In response we must gather journalists, researchers, and civil society in multi-stakeholder efforts to ground voting choices in facts first. Meedan is honored to be providing its collaboration software and know-how built over the past decade of global election media monitoring to this partnership”.

#FactsFirstPH will collectively push for truth-telling and debunking lies through four steps: fact-checking by news organizations; networking by civil society and grassroots groups; research and analysis by academic institutions; and seeking accountability by lawyers’ groups.

“It’s impossible to have integrity of elections if we don’t have integrity of facts. We’ve seen the damage that lies can do, and it’s time to act in this Avengers, Assemble moment,” Rappler CEO and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa said.

The goal of FactsFirstPH is to make truth spread faster and further than lies and hate. It’s a first-of-its-kind, four-layer approach to help restore the integrity of elections, and give the public the information they need to choose the leaders they want on May 9.

As of Wednesday, January 26, over 100 organizations are part of this multi-sectoral initiative. More partners will be invited to the project.

This collaboration is supported by technology non-profit group Meedan, Rappler, and Google News Initiative.

Below is a full list of participating groups in this initiative as of 7 am of Wednesday, January 26:


ABKD Network
ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs
Baguio Chronicle
Catholic Media Network
Daily Guardian
Mindanao Gold Star
News5 Digital
Probe Productions
Radyo Veritas

#CourageON Coalition (89 members)
#PHVote Coalition (45 members)
2030 Youth Force in the Philippines
Alyansa ng Kabataang Mindanao para sa Kapayapaan (AKMK)
Amateur Media Association of Philippine Scouts
Bantay Bakuna
Bayan Mo Patrol Mo
Boto Pilipino
Break the Fake
Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen & Professionals
Caloocan Young Leaders Initiative
Caritas Philippines
Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines
Center for Trade Union and Human Rights
Coalition for People’s Right to Health
College Editors Guild of the Philippines
Concerned Artists of the Philippines
Council for Health and Development
Fact Check Philippines
FEU Central Student Organization
Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines
Foundation for Media Alternatives
Holy Angel University
Human Rights Watch
Ibon Foundation
Juan Health PH
Kilos na para sa Kabuhayan, Kalusugan at Karapatan (K4)
Kontra Daya
Makati Business Club
Move As One coalition
National Alliance of Youth Leaders Inc.
Northern Dispatch
Now You Know
Out of the Box
Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV)
Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
Practice of Administrative Leadership and Service – NCPAG
Rise Up for Life and For Rights (and EcuVoice Philippines)
Student Council Alliance of the Philippines
Tamang Boto
Tatak Botante
The Amaranth
UE – Manila CASSC
University of the Philippines – Los Baños
Visayas State University
YouVote Global Shapers Iloilo Hub

ACCeSs@AIM: Analytics, Computing, and Complex Systems Lab of Asian Institute of Management
De La Salle University – La Salle Institute of Governance
Far Eastern University – Public Policy Center
Philippine Media Monitoring Laboratory, UP Department of Communication Research
Rappler Research and Data team

Free Legal Assistance Group
Movement Against Disinformation
National Union of Journalists in the Philippines
Philippine Bar Association