Jonathan de Santos
Jonathan de Santos

Jonathan de Santos is news editor at Philstar.com. He has been editing news since 2013 but has also covered the Senate, the peace process in the southern Philippines, indigenous peoples' issues and development-induced displacement. Research interests also include misinformation and disinformation, land reform and food security issues. 

He is a member of the 2021-2023 board of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and is its chairperson.

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Kids' books about dictatorship, Martial Law spook Philippine intel chief
by Jonathan de Santos - May 12, 2022 - 5:21pm
The Philippines' intelligence chief on Thursday expressed alarm at children's books about dictatorship and about Martial Law and claimed these were part of a communist plot to "radicalize" Filipino children.
Marcos: More farm machinery, better post-harvest support will keep food prices stable
by Jonathan de Santos - March 8, 2022 - 7:14pm
Marcos said that most farmers in the Philippines have small plots of land of around one hectare and that "you cannot mechanize at a large scale [with such small plots]." 
We were wrong: Viral 'Spanish-era' module not from DepEd, did not pass through quality check
by Jonathan de Santos - February 2, 2022 - 8:56am
Philstar.com erroneously attributed the supposed module to the Department of Education. That story has been corrected and editorial staff will tighten protocols to avoid similar errors in the future.
Worries raised over poll integrity as Comelec moves to verify alleged hack
by Jonathan de Santos - January 11, 2022 - 9:43am
Comelec on Monday said it is verifying allegations in a Manila Bulletin report but said that some details of the report cast doubt on whether hacking actually happened.
Duterte says hotels not responsible for quarantine breaches, sends cops
by Jonathan de Santos - January 5, 2022 - 9:24am
"They cannot be doing the police work for the government," Duterte said.
Supreme Court and IBP urged to discipline Gadon over violent, vulgar video rant vs reporter
by Jonathan de Santos - December 17, 2021 - 3:05pm
"The profanity, expletives and sexist insults against Robles violate Philippine laws on public decency, gender respect and the core principles of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines," FOCAP said.
UP professors emeriti oppose removal of books government calls subversive
by Jonathan de Santos - November 11, 2021 - 8:26pm
They said that although the CHED memo does not compel removal of "subversive" materials, "we all know how such directives, in the culture of our bureaucracy, can have coercive and chilling effects."
At the heart of @PhilstarNews’ viral social media jests is journalism
by Jonathan de Santos - October 1, 2021 - 12:00am
No one person is responsible for Philstar.com’s social media voice. It’s as much a product of the times as it is something that people in its small newsroom decided to adopt.
Lawmakers ask court to compel health officials to approve ivermectin vs COVID-19
by Jonathan de Santos - September 16, 2021 - 3:29pm
The Department of Health has so far said that "evidence has shown it does not give you any benefit in preventing, shortening the duration of hospitalization or the progression of your disease when you have COVI...
Up to ombudsman, which requires filer's nod, to release Duterte SALNs — Palace
by Jonathan de Santos - September 1, 2021 - 3:05pm
The Office of the Ombudsman requires notarized authorization from the filer of the SALN being requested before releasing the wealth declarations.
Chinese Embassy focuses on ship photo to dismiss reported dumping as fake
by Jonathan de Santos - July 16, 2021 - 1:11pm
It did not comment on the satellite photos that Simularity CEO Liz Derr said showed how anchored ships created chlorophyll-a blooms in Union Banks.
Government-funded 'troll farms'? Senators want closer look
by Jonathan de Santos - July 12, 2021 - 6:14pm
Senators said Congress should check government spending "used to fund misinformation and fake news that affect millions of Filipinos."
Think tank wary of Anti-Terrorism Act 'misuse' in 2022 polls
by Jonathan de Santos - July 6, 2021 - 1:28pm
"The risks of potential misuse of the ATA also grow as the 2022 elections loom, a period where the implementation of the law will not be suspended," the Institute for Autonomy and Governance said in a report.
Possible ICC probe a blow vs impunity in 'drug war' killings — rights groups
by Jonathan de Santos - June 15, 2021 - 9:36am
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, has asked the court for permission to proceed with an investigation into alleged extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.
Duterte plays down arbitral ruling, stresses 'best' ties with China
by Jonathan de Santos - May 18, 2021 - 8:08am
Duterte said he will not waste the warm ties with Beijing, saying also that China now allows Filipino fishermen near Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.
Terrorist designation opens assets of Sison, others to AMLC scrutiny
by Jonathan de Santos - May 13, 2021 - 10:28am
The Anti-Terrorism Act authorizes the AMLC to investigate property or funds "that are in any way related to financing of terrorism."
Duterte stresses jet ski boast was just a campaign joke
by Jonathan de Santos - May 11, 2021 - 8:40am
"Maniwala sa jet ski p**," the official transcript quotes him as saying.
CHED panel to define academic freedom, security sector role in campus life
by Jonathan de Santos - January 22, 2021 - 8:18am
"Narrowly tailoring regulation to allow the fullest articulation of speech while allowing the protection of compelling state interest is a balanced standard that we all can be guided with to bring out what is common...
Duterte: Tarlac killings not part of how cops should do their jobs
by Jonathan de Santos - December 22, 2020 - 9:11am
Nuezca, who surrendered to police in Pangasinan province, was indicted on two counts of murder on Monday and is also facing administrative cases.
Parlade scolded for threat to Liza Soberano, Catriona Gray
by Jonathan de Santos - October 22, 2020 - 2:44pm
Hontiveros told Parlade that "by silencing [these women], you are letting the violence, rape and abuse that many Filipinos experience pass." 
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