[VIDEO]: Facebook suspends account of Marcos Jr.’s spokesman
Denying Rights to the Highest Degree
Most supporters of Bongbong Marcos are experiencing different kinds of FB censorship online. Recently, Atty. Vic Rodriguez’s Facebook account was suspended. He’s the spokesperson of presidential frontrunner, Bongbong Marcos. He also said that the suspension of his account was “censorship of the highest degree. It is interference in a sovereign act. Digital terrorism no less.”
Like any other BBM supporter, Rodriguez said that he has no violation. That he would not appeal Facebook’s decision to suspend his account. He claims he did not violate their rules. He’s just sending messages for the campaign. So, he will continue to deliver Marcos’ message. This time, through other media platforms.
Elon Musk’s Aquisition of Twitter
The Marcos loyalists are banking on the Twitter acquisition by Tesla’s Elon Musk. They said that they are willing to transfer to Twitter judging from the alleged indifference of Facebook to BBM’s supporters. Their disgust to FB is to the highest degree.
Duterte threatens to stop Facebook operations in PH after shutdown of gov’t ‘advocacy’ pages
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Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte expresses his dismay over Facebook’s removal of the government’s official pages. These contain the administration’s advocacies. The blocking of the anti-terrorism campaign was unacceptable. This incident follows after the massive deactivations of the pro-government pages. So, if FB cannot support the welfare of the Filipinos, why stay in the country? President Duterte asks presses for answers over his public speech.
There’s definitely truth in the President’s observation. He stresses that Facebook is too leftist. Many people ask this over and over again online. They seem to favor the anti-administration stalwarts. FB is hot on accounts that support the Du30 administration. They need to talk, said the Filipino leader. Facebook cannot continue to be a biased social media platform. The move is crucial for the 2022 national elections. It should be a venue for open but respectful discussions. Therefore, Facebook must be neutral among others.
Life After Facebook
The President does not know how life would be after Facebook is gone. The presidential spokesperson, Harry Roque seems cool about it. He said that they will just transfer to other social media platforms. As the Facebook capital of the world, this could be a big loss for the social media giant. Since it is already part of most Filipinos’ day, that might also feel strange. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry. That is if national security is at risk.
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.
[VIDEO]: IKINATUWA NI VICE PRESIDENT LENI ROBREDO ANG UMANO’Y PAG-BAN SA MGA PRO-DUTERTE FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS. ALAMIN ANG BUONG DETALYE.
“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.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
[VIDEO]: Election Committee to look into the digital election system security as porn watching was detected by Atty. Glenn Chong
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.
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.
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,”
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.
[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.
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.
Youtube video by; GMA News
[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.