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Peaceful Sunday after Duterte Banned Giant Media

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
It’s the very first peaceful Sunday that I do not have to counteract against media propaganda from commercial media – as a fighter of media propaganda. I can feel President Rodrigo Duterte’s strategy in abruptly stopping media propaganda is working – by just banning them from his live press conferences to stop all the impartial and exaggerated news reporting. They can pester all they want about people lining up to use the portalette during Mr. President’s thanksgiving party because it will not hurt the country.

It has been a perception for the Filipino masses that if it’s reported by ABS-CBN and GMA, they should be true. Of course, these two TV channels are really good as entertainment providers but they can be bias when it comes to political or public news announcements because of ownership entitlements and sponsorship. After all, they are paid media.

The President, even not yet officially in office already showed his capabilities in immediately stopping unfair operations – what more if he is already sitting inside Malacanang? This is pretty exciting to follow. I am thankful that due to my preference on who to support in the last national election and for reporting only about the truth despite the many criticisms I got, I gained access to the real happenings through my ever reliable informants who are advisers to the higher ups. I did not vote for the President of course because even if he has the same goals as my presidentiable, I just did not like his style – but everything has a purpose and I was one of the very first ones to find out about the strategic alliance. To all my pro Binay colleagues on social media, remember the very first message from V.P. Binay? Do not attack Duterte because he is also for Binay. Now the very big challenge is on – Duterte-Marcos-Binay alliance for better Philippines.

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Kiram no Senate seat but Marcos’ Sabah Claim Stand Secured with Duterte

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Senatorial candidate Princess Jacel Kiram in the past election did not make it to the Senate but her pushing for the Philippines’ claim over Sabah will definitely not go into vain. She was quoted saying by GMA that the $72 billion yearly income from the gasoline industry were enjoyed by the Malaysians instead of by its rightful owners, the Filipinos.

Better yet, Senator Bongbong Marcos, chairman of the Senate committee on local government that scrutinized the proposed BBL during the previous Aquino administration, will already get the statement from Malacañang and the Department of Foreign Affairs that the government will not give up the country’s Sabah claim in exchange for Malaysia’s help in the peace process – now that President Rodrigo Duterte is installed into power who is a Marcos loyalist.

See details here of their previous statements:

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Media is Riding on Binay’s Popularity

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The alleged booing of Vice President Jejomar Binay in Cebu created a social media frenzy – arguing that he was not really booed. However, anti-Binay’s reactions are already expected. So much lies have been said over and over again but this time, it’s different. Most Binay supporters who used to be very quiet are now out in the open ready to defend the Vice President. This did not come as a surprise after Binay leads in most presidential poll surveys not only in Luzon but also in most parts of Mindanao and the Visayas – particularly Cebu!

As usual even during the digital age, the masses still believe in what is reported in the news, especially the headlines. Therefore most media always flash controversial titles to attract the pubic – then it’s up to you to read the full story. The problem is, most readers will not bother to do that. They only get excited with half-truth especially when it’s in their favor.

Other media like GMA who is more reliable than others is also playing safe using the word “allegedly” or “umano o diumano” in Filipino. Meaning, they did not witness it themselves. They have their own coverage but nothing like what is reported by others. Take the case of this news reported by Pia Arcanghel – watch the video here: (According to Inquirer and Rappler, the Vice President was “allegedly” booed). So why can’t they report that Binay was booed if that is really the case? This is a clear case of “riding on the Vice President’s popularity. Nothing is wrong with that. Just a strategy to boost audience impact for as long as it does not mislead the viewers – but sad to say, It did.

However, a good and truthful media coverage for a certain story should be precise and truthful plus verified by the reporter himself or herself. Read this story from SunStar with very clear headline and factual details:

If all media will report like this, then there will be no frenzy – just facts. No chaos because only few heard it – and majority did not. Was Binay really booed? Yes and No – it depends on who heard it!
Image Source: Mini Balita

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Who are you fooling Grace Poe?: FPJ Birthday Ad on Prime-time TV!

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Susan Roces’ remarks that no one has the right to call Grace Poe their “ampon” or adopted child because they treated her as their own was understandable. It doesn’t matter if the child is not blood -related to the adoptive parents for as long as he or she was adopted since early life, the feeling would be the same for them thus, explaining Susan’s sentiments but of course in reality, Grace Poe is still adopted. So it is not against any law to call her “ampon”.

The question lies with Grace Poe’s sincerity to the Filipino people since her message to honor FPJ is politics-related for her future political career. She is clearly using the popularity of her late father the same as when she immediately dropped her Llamanzares married name in favor of Poe to win the senatorial race. Who is Grace Poe fooling that her Ad was not for political reasons? She would spend that much money on Prime Time TV if she did not have a hidden agenda? Sorry Grace, Filipinos are more in-depth now than before because of Social Media.
Image Source: PhilStar

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Pnoy’s SONA Not Far from Donald Trump’s Mexican Border Visit

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

It helps to be positive at all times but if it involves social behavior of the general public, then the problem is obviously more serious than that. The Guardian was quoted Donald Trump as saying:

“You look at the crowds outside, the crowds are all screaming in favour of Trump. Everybody wants me,” Trump told reporters at the airport.

Signs carried by the crowd included: “Lulac [the League of United Latin American Citizens civil rights group] likes veterans, not bigots” and “Trump’s hair is illegal”.

“John McCain is a hero, Trump is a chump,” read another, referencing Trump’s recent characterisation of McCain, who spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, as “not a war hero”.

On the other hand in the Philippines, GMA Network reported that protesters are already getting ready a day before President Aquino’s last SONA. Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes, Jr. said in an interview that:

“The Aquino government is very much like the MRT. It promises to take you from point A to point B. It makes you wait. It charges you a lot for less. It keeps breaking down, but still wants you to be grateful for arriving in one piece. It badly needs a replacement. It is a visual representation of government neglect and lack of empathy for ordinary, working people,” he said.

Click this link for the complete report.

Earlier, Vice President Jejomar Binay criticized the Aquino administration with its shortcomings publicly right after his resignation from the cabinet. Here’s the link to the news pertaining to V.P. Binay’s speech during the United Nationalists Alliance launch. Also check this for the live coverage of the SONA by GMA Network.

Image Source: The Guardian

Other Important Events: Here are the links to the full transcriptions and video of July 7, 2015 Binay Senate Probe:

Part 1: Senate Probe Media Favors Binay Anew – July 7, 2015
Part 2: Trillanes’s Accusations are Opposite from the Witnesses’ – Part 2 July 15, 2015 Binay Senate Probe