The Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines issues a Pastoral letter on Truth, as the country commemorates the 36th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.
In a statement signed by Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David, CBCP President, the Bishops of the Philippines have called upon Filipinos to uphold the truth and combat the “pandemic of lies” in the social media.
The Bishops in particular cited the “historical revisionism” which has distorted the truth about EDSA.
The leaders of the Church are also “appalled” by the present situation and its implications for the upcoming May 9 Elections:
“The elections are fast approaching, and we wish to remind you: “All citizens, (therefore), should be mindful of the right and also the duty to use their free vote to further the common good” (Gaudium et Spes, #75). But we are appalled by the blatant and subtle distortion, manipulation, cover-up, repression and abuse of the truth, like: historical revisionism – the distortion of history or its denial; the proliferation of fake news and false stories; disinformation – the seeding of false information and narratives in order to influence the opinion of the people, to hide the truth, to malign and blackmail people. There are troll farms which sow the virus of lies.”
Moreover, the Pastoral Letter also called for a self-examination among Filipinos with regard to the propagation of this “virus of lies”: “Let us examine ourselves. Perhaps we, too, sow the virus of lies, which spreads wildly and numbs our consciences. This virus paralyzes our capacity to recognize God, respect truth and goodness. Thus, we do not realize that there is a “pandemic of lies,” especially in the social media. This is very serious.”