Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año recently warned information officers of the military against spreading disinformation.
“I strongly urge our public affairs practitioners to continue to tell the truth. Refuse to be dragged into the trend of disinformation and deliberate sowing of confusion," Año said in a speech during the closing ceremony of the 6th Public Affairs Office (PAO) Summit held September 21-22.
Año also asked participants not to feed the hatred, and instead use all efforts to present facts and accept criticisms against the AFP.
Now on its sixth year, the summit is an annual gathering of AFP spokespersons and public affairs officers assigned to different military units, including the Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy, and the AFP Area Commands.
Subject-matter experts on social media, cybersecurity, military-media dynamics and crisis communications were among those invited to speak during the summit.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar were also among those invited to the summit.
“I hope that you (participants) are all able to appreciate the importance of public affairs and recognize its potential to solidify the AFP’s present disposition as a highly trusted and widely supported government institution," Año said.