Presidential spokesman, Atty. Harry Roque cites Gallup International polls that show the Philippines as the third happiest country in the world. He also shows the Philippines at the fifth highest nation in the economic optimism index. He also stresses the Social Weather Stations surveys indicating that 96 percent welcome the new year with hope and fewer Filipino families consider themselves poor. These facts are contradictory to the statement of Vice President Leni Robredo saying that the country is now in darkness. Netizens fury are evident via Social Media. Here are some from Facebook:
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[VIDEO]: Roque says Robredo ‘out of touch’ over darkness shrouds Philippines remark
President Du30 enjoys the support of people who want change. They are fed-up of pretentious and corrupt politicians. This frustration attracts the massive constituency of Bongbong Marcos. They settle for a Du30-Marcos split ticket like the Iglesia ni Kristo’s solid block. Driven by the Marcos loyalists, this crucial niche is enough to give the President a huge margin that no digital fraud can override. Unfortunately, Marcos does not have enough percentage among the Du30 supporters because of the official Du30 – Cayetano tandem. That made him prone to the computerized manipulation, thus triggers the electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo.
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[VIDEO]: Looking back to the Du30-Marcos pre-campaign news for election 2016.
Rappler CEO Has No Clue How Facebook Works
Maria Ressa, Rappler’s CEO should know that Facebook is just communications technology like any other social media platforms. It is freely and equally accessible to everyone. It is used by both national and local candidates during the election 2016. Liberal Party who was in power by then has the most advanced social media machinery compared to President Du30. Blaming FB for her company’s downfall shows that she does not know how it works.
All Election 2016 Candidates Used Social Media
Any candidate cannot control voters just by using social media. Defeated candidates can attest to that. It is illogical to conclude that Facebook was responsible for Du30’s victory. He must have a multitude of supporters to put his messages across the country to gain such unbeatable margin.
Death of Liberalism
Mar Roxas failed despite his well-financed social media team that operates even before the campaign. His political platforms did not capture the voters. His political party just disgusts the majority of the public. Ex-President Noynoy Aquino’s swearing to block Bongbong Marcos that was echoed by Robredo made Marcos looks like the hero among the many yellow villains.
Social media like Facebook are democracy in their purest form. Whatever is popular wins over there. This is contrary to the report of Rappler CEO, Maria Ressa. These platforms are not newsmakers but mediums for public opinions. Popular topics go viral because of major interests by the people. Mainstream media simply have a different system. If VP Leni Robredo’s Camp cannot topple Bongbong Marcos online despite their many trolls and fake news, he is, therefore, the real winner for the post. The recount on his electoral protest against Robredo is in February 2018.
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Like and Share Functionality
Facebook has no liability over the spread of “fake news” because it does not produce them. Users spread them by clicking on the “Like” and “Share” buttons of the platform. This proves to show that such sentiments are from real people. One tends to share a favorable news from a friend.
Liberals’ Undermining Democracy
Liberals like Ressa and their media counterparts locally and in the United States are famous for blaming others for their own doings. VP Leni Robredo always refers to the alleged trolls and fake news of Bongbong Marcos whenever she suffers low ratings. However, she and Ressa never question Silent No More that favors them. They attack the majority who are against them. This is not a democracy.
Du30’s Endorsement Helped Bongbong Marcos
President Rodrigo Du30 did not win because of social media propaganda. His approval rating is still high after almost two years in power. That is not achievable if his popularity is based on lies. In fact, his endorsement of Bongbong Marcos as his successor makes the latter as the preferred VP. He is likely to win the recount for his electoral protest against Robredo if Facebook data is consistent with his number of votes.
Facebook flourishes in the Philippines killing the business of mainstream media that have lost their credibility due to information bias. Maria Ressa, CEO of Rappler alerts Mark Zuckerberg saying that the online platform is used to manipulate public opinion. She cites Du30′ army of Facebook personalities and bloggers worldwide. Online practitioner, Sass, slams Ressa for being one-sided – sparing LP players in the world wide web. In the video, she shows how VP Leni Robredo strategizes in spreading fake news against Bongbong Marcos who questions her legitimacy.
[VIDEO]: BISTADO SI LENI ROBREDO MAY INUTUSAN PARA SIRAAN SI BONGBONG MARCOS
Facebook as a Weapon
Ressa claims that Du30 turns Facebook into a weapon. In fact, online personalities who campaigned for him are brought inside the Malacañang Palace. From there they allegedly take down opponents. Then when she starts to probe the government’s use of social media, the force of Du30’s FB team turns against her, she said.
Ressa, rather than learn from her failure to build a credible news media entity that can excel in the free market of ideas, she, instead, appeals to Facebook to “moderate its greed” and urges its management to step up to “the new gatekeeper to information” role. This is after his organization suffers a steep decline in revenues.
Robredo’s Attacks on Bongbong Marcos
Sass shows in the video how Robredo detailed her instructions on how to counter-act Marcos’ publicities driven by actual coverage, reach and traffic of passionate supporters over social media. Despite all these, the multitude of his volunteers who are ready to defend him just can’t let the VP’s online warriors win.
Bongbong Marcos once said: Internet is not just for social media, it’s crucial for business. It is not only for kids on Facebook and Twitter. The amount of commerce it generates now surpasses traditional trades five years ago. The former Senator explained this while he is on a hot seat even before the President expresses his worry about the negative effects of globalization on 3rd world countries like the Philippines.
[VIDEO]: Manila Bulletin’s Hot Seat with Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.
Reversing the Negative Effects of Globalization
President Rodrigo Du30 laments on the damage caused by globalization on poor economies such as the Philippines and urged Asian countries to take remedial steps to end their exploitation. To reverse the brain drain, he stresses on the need for “remedial measures.” This should be tackled by other Asian countries, he added.
“Globalization, by itself, is the deprivation of some, those that we call ‘left behind’. There have to be some remedial measures. It includes one democratic movement. Some of the bright boys in one country are really exploited to go to another country,” the President said.
More than 10 million Filipinos work overseas, around 10 percent of the population, remit billions of dollars back to the country each year. “All the plumbers, all the electricians, they have the masters certificate of a trade, are in the Middle East. It is actually not so bad for the nation’s economy. The downside is when a there’s a boom in real estate. It has yet to find the capable workers. And that leaves us behind because then you have to scrape the bottom to find out who can work with us. These are the effects of globalization,” Du30 said.
Take Advantage of Globalization
Globalization and the rules of trade are hot topics in Vietnam this week. It is where world leaders including the US President, China’s Xi Jinping, and Vladimir Putin are set to converge from Friday for the APEC summit. The American leader also complained that globalization sends American manufacturing jobs to cheaper countries such as China. This is in spite of his country’s first world status. As these exchanges happen, Bongbong Marcos was right that the talents of Filipinos are rewarded through online jobs. Almost all office tasks can be outsourced to the Philippines through the BPO industries. The Call Center sector also continues to grow. English trainers and business consultants are also surging high. Most of all, Google that has the online trade monopoly rely on Filipino writers, website developers, and video makers to further expand the number of their advertising platforms.