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Cristina Chi
Cristina Chi

Cristina Chi has been a reporter for Philstar.com since January 2023. She primarily covers education, legislation (mainly the House but sometimes the Senate) and human rights, but she occasionally pens specials on issues above beats, such as children's welfare and mis/disinformation.

Chi is also Philstar.com’s lead reporter in its special coverage of influence operations and, by extension, its fact-checking arm.

In 2023, she became one of the youngest Filipino journalists to be selected as a panelist at the prestigious Jaime V. Ongpin Seminar for her reporting on education developments under Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte and human rights issues during the first year of the Marcos Jr. presidency.

Before reporting for Philstar.com, she was part of the duo that won the International Labor Organization’s Global Media Competition on Labor Migration Reporting (Student Category) in 2022.

Chi graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman in January 2023.

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Probe sought on harm caused by US' secret anti-vax campaign in the Philippines
by Cristina Chi - June 17, 2024 - 5:59pm
A congressional probe is now being sought into the damages caused by the United States military's secret campaign to reportedly incite fears of China-made vaccines among Filipinos at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic...
More Filipinos losing interest in the news — Digital News Report 2024
by Cristina Chi - June 17, 2024 - 2:56pm
The number of Filipinos with a strong interest in the news is continuing to shrink, according to a Reuters Institute report released on Monday, a trend that persists despite news organizations' efforts to increase...
Cayetano lauds 'resilient' Philippines-China ties on Philippine Independence Day
by Cristina Chi - June 13, 2024 - 1:30pm
"If you ask me to describe our relationship with Hong Kong in particular, and China in general, it is resilient. [There are] issues and problems [that we face], but we always find a way to become brothers and sisters...
Sara Duterte urged to fix delays stalling work of Teacher Education Council
by Cristina Chi - June 11, 2024 - 3:45pm
A national government body tasked with drafting a new roadmap for training future educators remains unable to fulfill its mandate due to apparent appointment delays from Vice President and Department of Education...
Marcos tells military to prepare for 'more worrisome' external threat
by Cristina Chi - June 11, 2024 - 12:36pm
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. believes that the Philippines must brace for more significant and "more worrisome" external threats due to escalating tensions in the Indo-Pacific region.
Here’s why the hate train vs Vice Ganda raised suspicions of a ‘demolition job’
by Cristina Chi - June 10, 2024 - 4:30pm
Here’s what the so-called “demolition job” against Vice Ganda teaches us about two common strategies used to attack a personality.
Chinese accounts pounce on Mindanao secession issue to warn of 'civil war' in Philippines   
by Cristina Chi - June 10, 2024 - 12:41pm
The call to secede Mindanao triggered not just a flurry of controversy among Filipinos. It also fed a coordinated campaign by Chinese social media users to spread rumors of a supposed civil war in the Philippines...
Chinese media pushes 'Philippines as aggressor’ narrative before viral Marcos deepfake
by Cristina Chi - June 8, 2024 - 9:35am
A relentless months-long campaign by Chinese state media to depict the Philippines as the aggressor in the South China Sea preceded the viral spread of the “deepfake” audio of Marcos allegedly ordering...
Lawmaker urges agencies to enact ordinances vs SOGIE-based discrimination
by Cristina Chi - June 3, 2024 - 5:32pm
A House lawmaker has called on local government units to enact ordinances that would protect LGBTQ persons against discrimination based on four existing laws that focus on safe spaces and protection from sexual...
Zubiri to sue vloggers for spreading 'black propaganda' ahead of his ouster
by Cristina Chi - June 3, 2024 - 3:26pm
The former Senate president said the information campaign, which he believes to be well-funded but did not say by whom, was an attempt to tarnish his name amid moves in the upper chamber to unseat him.
The 'teacher factor': EDCOM to assess state of teacher education institutions
by Cristina Chi - June 3, 2024 - 1:14pm
As part of its mandate of finding solutions to the current learning crisis, the Second Congressional Commission on Education has launched a first-of-its-kind profiling study that looks at the state of teacher education...
QC to hold graduation rites for students denied gender-affirming attire
by Cristina Chi - May 30, 2024 - 1:01pm
Graduating high school or college students in Quezon City who were denied their moment to march in gender-affirming attire have been offered to join a separate graduation ceremony to be held by the city government...
Comelec wants ban on AI, deepfake campaign materials in 2025 polls
by Cristina Chi - May 29, 2024 - 5:05pm
The Commission on Elections is seeking a ban on the use of artificial intelligence in campaign materials for the 2025 elections, including the creation of "deepfake" images or audio.
CHR sounds alarm at rape of children by family members
by Cristina Chi - May 29, 2024 - 2:37pm
The human rights body said that the sexual abuse of children at the hands of family members "compounds the trauma experienced by the victims, as they are betrayed and violated by those whom they should trust the...
List of House lawmakers who voted for or against absolute divorce
by Cristina Chi - May 24, 2024 - 5:10pm
Did your congressman vote for or against the absolute divorce bill? Here is a list of the yes, no and abstain votes for House Bill 9349.
Zambales fishers plead for protection after China threatens to arrest 'trespassers'
by Cristina Chi - May 24, 2024 - 3:32pm
Fisherfolk from Zambales on Friday sought answers from visiting lawmakers about whether the government can ensure their safety and protection while fishing in the West Philippine Sea following China’s directive...
Phinma gets P4.5B in fresh capital from global investors
by Cristina Chi - May 23, 2024 - 11:38am
Phinma Education, one of the biggest private education groups in the Philippines and the education arm of Phinma Corp., has secured P4.5 billion in fresh capital for its planned expansion of education offerings in...
Divorce bill narrowly hurdles House
by Cristina Chi - May 22, 2024 - 6:27pm
Under the measure, there are "limited and reasonable grounds for divorce and a petition will have to undergo judicial scrutiny in order to prevent abuse and collusion of the parties, which is penalized," Lagman...
Marcos approves return to old school calendar; SY 2024-2025 to end April 15
by Cristina Chi - May 22, 2024 - 11:07am
President Marcos approved a proposal for schools in basic education to end School Year 2024-2025 on April 15 as part of the government's gradual revert to the old academic calendar without cutting...
House drug war probe highlights police inaction faced by EJK victims
by Cristina Chi - May 21, 2024 - 5:07pm
Victims’ families told House lawmakers that for years, they have borne the brunt of authorities’ inaction and apparent reluctance to fully cooperate in their quest for justice, pushing them to bring their...
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