Malacañang public petition page coming soon

First published in The Philippine Star, 2 November 2014

The government is planning to establish an online petition platform similar to the White House petition page of the US government.

In line with its efforts to expand and improve the government’s feedback mechanism, the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office will put up an online platform for petitions on the gov.ph website, PCDSPO said.

“Users will be able to log in and post petitions, which will then be open for e-signatures from the public. When a certain signature count is reached, an official response will be posted,” it said.

The PCDSPO said discussions on the design and features of the platform have been made.

The communications group has opened a webpage http://bit.ly/1qcE0wO where the public can provide constructive insights until Nov. 15.

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Wiki pages of Napoles, pols defaced

First published in The Philippine Star, 27 April 2014

The Wikipedia pages of Janet Lim-Napoles and at least 10 politicians, including Vice President Jejomar Binay, have suffered an increase in vandalism at the hands of netizens this week, The STAR discovered yesterday.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Wikipedia pages of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Paolo Benigno Aquino IV were defaced to include references to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Lord of the Rings.

A link to a defaced page of Binay, which included personal attacks against the vice president, also circulated on the social media site Facebook yesterday.

Upon further examination of the history of different Wikipedia pages of top government officials, The STAR learned that seven other incumbent senators have suffered the same fate since April 21: Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla, Alan Peter Cayetano, Nancy Binay, Antonio Trillanes IV, Grace Poe, and Cynthia Villar.

Most of the vandalism cases were personal attacks, with the exception of the pages of Estrada and Revilla, which suffered changes that allude to the pork barrel scam. Read more of this post