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Is Facebook Against Democracy for Pleasing Robredo’s Kind?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo accused of cheating in the 2016 elections by former Senator Bongbong Marcos is happy about the ban of Facebook on a local company behind the pro-President Rodrigo Du30’s posts. “This is huge, like a gift to the people,” Robredo said in her weekly radio program. However, owners of such accounts who are legitimate supporters of the current administration hate Robredo and her kind more. This goes the same to the Marcos supporters. Is Facebook killing democracy in the country? They asked. It is a now a common occurence that these accounts are either taken out or blocked from posting links or articles. z

YouTube video by PLAKADO Prodaxons

[VIDEO]: IKINATUWA NI VICE PRESIDENT LENI ROBREDO ANG UMANO’Y PAG-BAN SA MGA PRO-DUTERTE FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS. ALAMIN ANG BUONG DETALYE.

Hypocrisy Looms

“It’s not for me, but for the whole Philippines that it’s OK to criticize, as long as the basis of criticism is true,” Robredo said. She cites two Facebook pages ran by Twinmark Media Enterprises Inc. – Filipino Channel Online and Trending News Portal – as having “run fake news against opposition figures,” with her as the “number one” target. This is a big puzzle to Filipinos because of this questionable VP’s supporters are also doing the same thing. In fact, she is popular as the ultimate source of Fake News against the Du30 administration. She is also critical about the Marcoses using unfounded lies.

Selective Democracy

Not enough, she said that Facebook should continue such actions, claiming that thousands of fake troll accounts still exist including the ones from her group. She often blasts the government as an entity that does not allow words of decent. That every time she’s ignored, it is already her common expression that democracy dies. Is democracy dead then again?

Not a Big Deal for the Administration

Malacañang earlier shrugs off Facebook’s decision to remove some pro-Duterte pages for violating its policies. There are other platforms that supporters can use to show their appreciation for the administration. Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo made the statement before and its stand so far does not change.

A Democratic Government

The reaction of President Du30’s speaker is very democratic. “Facebook must have its own rules and regulations. If they are implementing them, that is their own rule,” Panelo said.

Social Media Dominance

It is known that Maria Ressa meets with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to complain about the subject. As a result, the opposition gets the advantage from the platform from then on. This prompted the affected ones to innovate systems where they can express their sentiments democracy-wise. As talented as Filipinos can be, it’s only a matter of time that Facebook’s dominance in the Philippines becomes vulnerable.

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OFW Installment for Bongbong Marcos-Manny Pacquiao Tandem for 2022

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The long inactivity with regards to Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo triggers many loyalists to divert to the elections 2022 instead of the upcoming midterm elections for 2019. The first OFW instalment comes in a form of a social media comment that suggests Marcos’ tandem with Senator Manny Pacquiao. BBM welcomes this option wholeheartedly a he and the boxing legend are good friends. z

YouTube video byBongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: The boys and I had a great time reading through your comments! We thank you for your kind words and we hope you keep them coming!

Learning from History

“Those who do not learn from history are damned to repeat it, and we do not want that, said Bongbong Marcos once. The whole point is to move forward. That’s why you address the problems of today with the available solutions that you have today, not what happened two generations ago,” he emphasized. Marcos said this to address the issue of his late father’s regime. Pacquiao previously defended him saying that he is not his father.

The Same Political Enemies

Marcos previously slams human rights groups and the Aquino administration for their calls to his family to apologize over the atrocities that allegedly took place under the leadership of the Marcos patriarch. He might have run together with the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago but it was obvious that his team was in cahoots with then-Mayor Rodrigo Du30. Pacquiao on the other hand, ran under the picket of former VP Jejomar Binay when Du30 was hesitant in running for the Presidential race in 2016. Du30, Binay, Pacquiao and Marcos detest the human rights groups and the Aquinos for that matter.

Social Media Engagements

Marcos and his sons took the time to reply to some social media comments at their online pages. Since the Filipino electorates are personality-based, it is crucial for Marcos to update his supporters with regards to their daily undertakings for the people’s welfare. According to the head researcher of Pulse Asia, most people voted for Marcos in 2016 because of the concrete evidence of his achievements and the useful infrastructure projects of his parents during the golden age.

A Long Way to Go After ther First Installment

The OFW First Installment video where BBM mentions his possible tandem with Pacquiao serves as a teaser for the 2022 elections. Both are not part of the 2019 midterm poll. However, Marcos’ sister, Imee Marcos makes it to the magic 12 during recent surveys. It would be the 2019 Senatorial race first prior to the 2022 Presidential and Vice Presidential elections.

Right Time

Facebook that is the major social media medium in the country. It conducts an anti-spam campaign at their popular site recently. Many group pages that do multiple postings are temporarily suspended. The aim is good but the abrupt penalty made the pro-Du30 faction believes otherwise. That FB tries to suppress their freedom of expression. In reality, when things are quiet, then it is not yet the time for BBM to emerge victoriously.

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Marcos Personality – A Better Insurance for Social Media Hits than Election Surveys

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Dr. Ana Maria Tabunda of Pulse Asia discloses to the Chiefs that the voters of Bongbong Marcos during the 2016 elections consists of the old and the young. His votes were cross ages because of the actual accomplishments he and his family contributed to the country. Influences of endorsers might help at a minimal degree but it’s the personality that counts the most. Just like in social media. The Marcoses can easily get hits than election survey posts. Their personality is indeed better insurance for social media hits than election surveys. z

YouTube video byBongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: Maraming salamat muli sa inyong mga comment! Kami naman po ang sasagot.

Social Media Visibility

Bongbong Marcos and his sons feature various scenarios of their family and political life in a very relaxed manner. The videos they post always have some humor. Most Filipinos already know about their achievements ever since the Marcos era but it’s their personalities that made them even more popular to all ages.

Achievements that Cannot be Denied

Most people cast their votes to politicians that have helped them. The Marcoses are really hands-on when it comes to the people’s welfare. Despite the black media propaganda against them, they good deeds are already secured in the hearts of Filipinos. Not to mention the physical evidence like the Heart Center, and the likes nationwide.

Online Interaction

In their recent video, the Marcoses show that they actually respond to the comments via their social media pages. They do so with ease. Nothing serious. Laughing at their imperfections is one of the highlights of these materials. More hits are coming their way for such glimpse of reality.

Direct Influence

It is very important that the personality of the endorser matches with the endorsee to basically generate results during elections. In the case of the Marcoses, Bongbong Marcos’ support to his sister, Senatorial candidate, Imee Marcos relatively has a high impact. It can even influence the candidacy of Imee’s son, Matthew Marcos Manotoc for the gubernatorial race in Ilocos Norte.

Sure Insurance

If people doubt the election surveys, the hits or likes at Bongbong Marcos’ videos and posts prove that the general public is captivated by their presence. There’s definitely insurance that news won’t be ignored having them in the cover.

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Attorney Glenn Chong’s Way Out Can be the Way In Towards a Senate Seat

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Attorney Glenn Chong answers the Chiefs directly when asked why he has to run for a Senate post when the competition is already very tough. He can actually do much better in the House of Representatives, they said. However, Chong discloses that he is already very tired of convincing people about his clean election advocacy. If he loses, then it would be a way out for him. Otherwise, he can gain more influence if the people support him. z

YouTube video byOne News PH

[VIDEO]: Chong: It doesn’t matter if I lose

Sincerity Counts in Winning

Former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong says that he will run during the midterm elections and it doesn’t matter if he loses. He also reveals how the people saw his sincerity through the letters he gave out in the 2007 elections. Chong has shown in many appearances that he is willing to give up his life for his good intention for the country.

Social Media Supresses the Fighting Attorney

It is very obvious through Facebook that anything related to the quest of the fighting attorney faces many restrictions at Facebook and other social media outlets. The accounts of his supporters who are mainly pro-Marcos and Du30 voters are limited to the very minimal number of postings. However, some campaigns to discredit him are still visible online. This can also be a part of the social media’s anti-spam drive.

Bongbong Marcos’ Silence

It is observed that Bongbong Marcos never said a word about Attorney Chong’s plight. He earlier confirmed that the election lawyer is not part of his legal team as per the plea of Chong himself. Chong’s revelations about the 2016 poll fraud coincides with the electoral protest of Marcos against the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo

Senate Bid Falls Into Place

As Chong tries to finalize his candidacy, his infrastructure in the Congress did not materialize. Contrary to that, all of his Senate push preparation push through. This is the reason why he thinks that it’s the will of God for him to run for Senator, win or lose. Winning is not his goal but to go further than the crossroad he’s facing.

Way Out or Way In

For Attorney Chong, it’s only the people who can decide for him to take an exit from his fight with the Comelec and Smartmatic or move forward. Should he win, he can have an edge as a legislator to ensure the country’s honest election. He vows to make sure that all votes will be counted properly. There should be no agency that manipulates the will of the people as to who would lead the country.

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What Does Sandro Marcos Worry About Other Than his Father’s Electoral Protest?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Sandro Marcos, the eldest son of Bongbong Marcos seems like not worrying at all about the result of his father’s electoral protest. In fact, he wishes that his dad’s fashion sense would be dated. However, the latter insists that his wardrobe choice is classic. The son’s New Year resolution for their patriarch coincides with their reaction to the delay on the case against Vice President Leni Robredo. Here’s why. z

YouTube video byBongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: BBM VLOG #43: New year . . . new look?! | Bongbong Marcos

BBM Sticks on Familiar Grounds

If there’s one thing this makeover has taught me, it’s that sometimes we’re better off sticking to what we know!, Bongbong Marcos said. A” for effort though to Sandro, Simon and Borgy!, he added. However, despite the sound suggestions of a credible fashion consultant, his choices remain. Just like in the protest versus Robredo. Marcos refused to ruin his New Year with negativity. He stays confident that his time to lead the country would come.

Sandro’s New Year Resolution for his Dad

Sandro describes his desire for his father’s wardrobe for 2019 as dated. He said that BBM obviously looks like an Ilocano who never spends for his clothes. Ilocanos are noted to be stingy. His father retaliates by saying that his son is right. He is spending more for Sandro’s wardrobe that he describes as English.

Borgy Manotoc’s Expertise

Borgy Manotoc, son of BBM’s sister, Imee is a famous fashion model and entrepreneur. He acts as Marcos’ fashion consultant. He suggests different kinds of attire for him to try on. Then he and Sandro rate the selected outfit each while the VP Protestee models them.

Learning from the Millennials

Marcos adheres to his son’s wish by complying to the wardrobe try out with Manotoc. He is open to change and quite patient about it. Despite his family’s bad experiences, he is seldom seen furious about something. Positivity aligns him to his goal. This is something that social media users must do. Expressing ill feelings about the electoral protest can only do more harm than good because it triggers disunity.

Experience Counts in the Electoral Protest

There’s only one reason why BBM is so patient about the electoral protest contrary to the negative reactions of his loyalists. He knows that his time will come to lead the country. Despite the rumors about the President’s shortcomings, he trusts that he is doing all he can to allow fairness in the upcoming Supreme Court ruling.