Analyst tells political groups: Fight misinformation with a better story, policy proposal

FILE PHOTO: Dindo Manhit, shown here at a 2020 forum, is the founder and president of Stratbase ADR Institute. | PHOTO: Stratbase ADR Institute Facebook Page

MANILA, Philippines – In order to counter disinformation, political groups must fight it with “a better story, a better narrative, [and] a better political proposal,” said a political analyst.

Dindo Manhit, president of the Stratbase ADR Institute, said elections have become voter-centric and the best way to win them is to understand the voters themselves.

“I think it’s essential for any political group to look at elections as a contest and the best way to understand and win that contest for votes, for voters is to understand the voters themselves,” Manhit said. in a Monday night interview with One News’ The Big Story.

“It’s true, there are mechanisms that help spread fake news, misinformation. The only way to counter them is to fight them with a better story, a better narrative, a better political proposal,” he added.

“You can’t just impose your way of thinking on Filipino voters. Elections today are about voters as I have always called voter-centric campaigning,” he added.

Manhit mentioned the survey their institute conducted in October where a Marcos and Duterte tandem was “perceived more positively” and stronger.

“It should have been countered, but instead we saw the opposition focusing on what they thought was their narrative, not really listening to voters,” he said.

“It’s good to understand the voters and build the campaign around that and that’s what I think Senator Risa [Hontiveros] did it on her own,” Manhit added.

Hontiveros is the only opposition senator elected to the upper house in the May 9 elections.

On Monday, Hontiveros was sworn in to outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo, who handed over the leadership of the opposition to the senator.

– Xander Dave Ceballos, Intern

Robredo hands over opposition leadership to Hontiveros
Re-elected Senator Risa Hontiveros takes oath before Vice President Robredo


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