Filipino professionals visit Helena as part of tour to combat disinformation

Nolan Lister

Government and media representatives from the Republic of the Philippines paid a visit to Helena Friday as part of a tour to see how communities across the United States are attempting to combat the spread of disinformation.

The tour is sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, and the group was hosted locally by WorldMontana Center for Diplomacy and Leadership. While in Helena, they toured the Independent Record, the Montana Historical Society, the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts and the Original Governor’s Mansion, among other locations.

Ronwald Munsayac, center, and Timothy Oliver Larcal, right, who are both visiting from the Philippines, listen to state employee Anthony Schrillo describe the golden oak wood work in the foyer of the Original Governor’s Mansion Saturday morning.

NOLAN LISTER, Independent Record

Camille Diola is the editor in chief of The Philippine Star and was among the group of four participating in the trip.

Diola said mass disinformation campaigns became an issue in the Philippines months ahead of the country’s 2016 presidential elections that ushered Rodrigo Duterte into Malacañan

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