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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

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[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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Panelo: Facebook is Not the Only Social Media Platform For the Du30 Supporters

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the removal of the pro-Du30 pages from Facebook does not speak about the profile of the President’s supporters. FB decides to take down pages supportive of the President due to alleged spam content and violation of its authenticity policies. The Filipino leader’s avid followers still have enough social media platforms to express their support outside of the number one social media platform in the Philippines, added Panelo. Duterte Media, Duterte sa Pagbabago Bukas, DDS, Duterte Phenomenon and DU30 Trending News were among the pages removed. Manang Imee, a page that endorses Du30’s ally, Gov. Imee Marcos’ senatorial bid in the 2019 elections also did not survive the purge.



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[VIDEO]: Pro-Duterte pages at marami pang accounts, isinara ng Facebook dahil sa paglabag.


Just Riding On at Facebook?

All these groups back President Du30. It is not sure, however,  the administrators of these pages are actual supporters of the president. They can just be profiting off from his popularity. “Manang Imee”, on the other hand, expresses support for the eldest daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos is a close political ally of Du30.


2nd Massive Removal

Facebook has removed over 100 pages and accounts in the Philippines, including several Pro-Du30 groups that it said, violated its policies on spam. This is just the second time after Maria Ressa, the founder of Rappler accuses FB of aiding Du30  in 2017. It is obvious that the intensity of these groups can drive her business into bankruptcy.


Political Twist

Ressa and her company are known to be the supporters of the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo’s political party. Robredo leads the opposition slate and is anxious to replace the president, according to reports. Her ultimate dream can be jeopardized by the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos, the brother of Gov. Marcos.



Purging Reason

It said the pages and accounts, which were mostly political or entertainment-themed, directed visitors to “low-quality websites that contain little substantive content and are full of disruptive ads”.


Online Security vs. Freedom of Speech

The US is the number one country where Cambridge Analytica had improper access to Facebook users’ data. Number two is the Philippines. This is where the corruption of more than a million Filipino data can take place. Facebook’s move is their prerogative for online security. However, they should know that Article III Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines specifies that; no law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech or of expression.


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Porn Detected by Chong: Election Committee Urged to Enhance Comelec’s Election System Security

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Atty. Glenn Chong said that the digital election system must be a private network. All servers are within the network. However, he uncovers that access to Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and X-Hub were undertaken. Yes, someone was watching porn videos. Accessing them can be blocked because this is a security threat. Somebody within the DNS is accessing these sites while the election transmissions were going on.




Youtube video by Elena Grace Flores

[VIDEO]: Election Committee to look into the digital election system security as porn watching was detected by Atty. Glenn Chong




System Security

With the access to public sites not blocked, Chong fears that the security of the digital poll system may have been compromised. However, the Smartmatic representative seems to remain clueless. Moreover, we can remember him not being able to explain how the source code works. Consequently, Chong is urging the oversight committee to look into this issue.



Election 2019 Preparation

Before the Philippines set forth for the 2019 elections, Comelec officials, stakeholders, and lawmakers are set for a hearing on the automated poll system. The Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Election System conducted this on the 13th of September.


Attendees and Purpose

Lawmakers from both the Senate and the House of Representatives compose the JCOC. They are set to tackle the recommendations of the Comelec Advisory Council for the 2019 elections. Furthermore, they also need to discuss enhancements on the automated election system as well as the problems encountered last elections.



Tolentino’s Promise

Quoting Jose Tolentino Jr, the Comelec Executive Director, “To eliminate these kinds of doubts, for the 2019 elections, aside from the source code of the VCM, the EMS, and the CCS, we have required the international certification entity to also look at the source code of the transmission system.” This is what he said on the hearing of the JCOC on AES.




Hearing Panelists

Comelec officials, election watchdogs, and technology experts served as panelists at the hearing. Chairman Sheriff Abas led the Comelec officials. Moreover, Tolentino also gave a view of what the situation so far is, on the AES. To quote him, The Comelec has “purchased 97,350 units of vote-counting machines, and all of them passed through hardware acceptance tests,”



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Comelec Protest: Du30-Marcos Loyalists Plead the Public to Help in the Election Probe

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Many loyalists of Bongbong Marcos with some supporters of President Rodrigo Du30 stage a protest today, August 10, 2018. This is in front of the Comelec from 2 PM onwards. The plea manifests after the clean election advocate since 2013, Atty. Glenn Chong expresses his dismay at not getting satisfactory answers from the Comelec. Particularly on his allegations that the Smartmatic voting system itself manipulates the outcome of polls in the country.





Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores

[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos loyalist, Anita Pitil voices out the group’s sentiments on the escape of ex-Comelec Chair Andy Bautista and Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia from the local court’s digital election fraud trials.




IT People Know Best on Election Tampering

Another IT expert, Edmund Casino also vouches that the altering of a simple code affects the VP race count in 2016 greatly. This is evident in the drastic decline of Marcos’ one million votes lead when a correction was introduced which is illegal. The current VP may not be the legitimate one. They call on the appearances of ex-Comelec Chair Andy Bautista. and Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia to address each issue raised by the IT experts. Both seek asylum overseas since the initial election scandals. It was Bautista’s wife herself who discloses that her husband may have received payments from Smartmatic.




Smartmatic’s Connivance with the Late President Cory Aquino

Malloch-Brown worked behind the scenes during Cory Aquino’s campaign against Marcos in the snap presidential election. Cory failed to win that election, but she ensured that “people power” revolution would oust the late President Ferdinand Marcos. She became a revolutionary president. Meantime, Malloch-Brown became an international player. Deputy secretary general of the United Nations, UNDP administrator, development specialist of the World Bank, British minister of state for Asia, Africa and the United Nations in the Foreign Office, George Soros’s vice president at Quantum Fund and the Open Society Institute and a promoter of Western-supported “revolutions,” and life peer of the British empire as Baron Malloch-Brown.

Ex-Pnoy’s Reign Protected the Connivance

Malloch-Brown’s reappearance in the Philippines was when BS Aquino III tries to make sure that the next president would protect him. This is from criminal punishments for his numerous crimes. The Philippines becomes the latest political playground of the big powers. They certainly don’t like to see a truly nationalist natural-born Filipino leader emerge in a genuinely free election. This scenario further made Atty. Chong’s technical evidence more credible. They are simply using VP Leni Robredo to block the Bongbong Marcos from claiming his throne.









Clumsy Mainstream Media

Most mainstream media in the Philippines would rather cover petty things like Asec Mocha Uson’s Federalism awareness video that refers to a woman’s private parts as highlights in a Jingle by Drew Olivar – than the electoral reform arguments in the Senate. Gay humor is very popular not just in the country but elsewhere. Take the case of Madonna who embraces “gayness.” She would always be a classic hit like Gov. Imee Marcos who tags herself as a gay woman. It seems that these news outlets prioritize viewership and not quality news for the interest of the public.




The People Resort to Facebook Live

The general public believes that their message can be viral through social media particularly Facebook. The current protest at the Comelec is now in various individual FB walls. Different versions from personal smartphones are continuously shared as of this time of writing. The move is purely voluntary for the truth to come out. All attendees of the said initiative can be verified as real people with the passion of knowing the truth. The aim is to give justice to the rightful winners of the 2016 national election whom the Filipinos voted for. All for the good of the country.

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Wondering about the Netizens’ Reactions on Robredo’s Darkness Speech via Social Media?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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




The VP’s Dark Intention





Justice for Bongbong Marcos





Robredo Will Disappear





The Sin of the Queen of Darkness





Bongbong Marcos Contradicts Robredo’s Media Spread of Darkness Rumor with Message of Honor