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Filipino bloggers start initiative for voters' education

Blog Watch is a multi-perspective, multimedia blog on the 2010 elections.

MANILA, Philippines - Blog Watch (www.blogwatch.ph), a blogger’s portal created to keep the Internet-savvy public aware of election issues, was launched recently launched by Vibal Foundation in cooperation with the Philippine Online Chronicles.

Sixteen bloggers have initially been tapped to form Blog Watch to cover topics such as election automation, campaign finance and candidates’ personal and political backgrounds.

“We want to cover underplayed stories which do not get much coverage in mainstream media but are no less important,” said project organizer Noemi Lardizabal-Dado. “One of our key topics, for instance, is campaign finance. We want to advocate vigilance on the candidates’ campaign spending as this would impact directly on their governance upon assumption to office.”

The 15 other bloggers include Mary Jane Cecilia Uymatiao, Sonnie Santos, Bernadine Racoma, Vince Golangco, Carlo Ople, Marck Rimorin, Rochelle Sy Chua, Juned Sonido, Fritz Tentativa, Leslie Bocobo, Brian Ong, Pierre Galla, Victor Villanueva, Dean Jorge Bocobo, Karen Ang, Wyatt Belmonte and Myrna Rodriguez Co.

More bloggers are expected to join Blog Watch’s roster soon.

Blog Watch also makes use of popular social media sites such as Twitter and Plurk.

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“The Internet is limitless,” said Ed Lingao, of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), which trained some of the bloggers on the 2010 elections.  “This provides opportunities for new media to work together with traditional media, to spur discussion and debate on election issues.”

In the interest of free information, all content published in Blog Watch are licensed under Creative Commons, meaning all podcasts, videos, articles and photos may be shared by readers with others as long as they will be attributed to the source, will not be used for commercial purposes, and will be shared under the same license conditions.

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