There are Filipinos who are uninformed and misinformed by media. Seldom are those who hear the certain news and verify the facts by researching to seek for the truth. This is why people in the Philippines now live in a period of inauthenticity and contradictions.
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The Vice President prides herself in her advocacy in the world of the marginalized. But in her first radio show, she was surprised that malnutrition is prevalent among the poor. She said that her experience of coming face to face with the poor and malnourished is unique. This shows how detached she is with reality. Therefore, Leni Robredo portrays herself as inauthentic.
On the other hand, the impeachment complaint filed by Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano against the President was quickly dismissed by the House committee on justice because it is insufficient in substance. It failed when Alejano shows that he had no personal knowledge of the acts which he accuses the President of. His sources are news reports, particularly by Rappler and ABS-CBN.
Social Media as Neutralizer
The internet is blamed as the cause of the decline in the power of traditional mass media. But on the contrary, mass media can be popularized by it if they remain authentic to its ethic of fairness and neutrality. People have no choice but to migrate to social media as their sources of information. It is easy to lose credibility in this avenue. Once a medium does not carry the true sentiments of the people, it can face serious attacks online. This is why after decades of suffering from black propaganda, the Marcos family rises above their enemies. PDu30 also is untouchable because of this.
The president is disgusted by the Amnesty International’s report saying that cops were being paid P8,000 (US$161) to P15,000 (US$302) per dead drug offender. No cash incentive is allegedly given for arrests to ensure that operations always result in the death of a drug suspect. This is a very demonic accusation by a human rights group, just like during the Marcos regime.
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[VIDEO]: MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday slammed an Amnesty International report which claims that Philippine National Police (PNP) is paying policemen and vigilantes for every drug killings.
The president only allocates 150 million pesos for intelligence funds for police anti-drug operations. They are used by undercover cops to “buy” drugs from pushers for evidence to catch them. It is the job of the police to arrest illegal drug offenders. It makes no sense for the president to give them an extra incentive for every death. Doing so is crazy, the president said.
Drug War Deaths
Since July 2016, police report more than 7,000 deaths in the war on drugs. More than 2,000 are legal police operations, but the majority are allegedly vigilante-style killings with possible links to illegal drugs. These are considered “deaths under investigation” by the PNP.
Martial Law Deaths
3,257 is the number of deaths allegedly killed by the military during President Ferdinand Marcos’ martial law regime. This is for a ten-year period from 1975 to 1985. This quoted figure is cited to support the complaint that the military under Marcos is guilty of committing human rights violations. Terror and brutality describe the martial rule through media propaganda.
Demonization of a President
The accuracy of the 3,257 figure of martial law deaths is highly disputed. Serious doubt is cast on the sources of the figure.The possible return of a key member of the Marcos family, particularly Bongbong Marcos is feared by their political enemies. His electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo is still ongoing. Digong’s adapting the late Marcos’ winning strategies in governance also faces the same counter-resistance to topple his leadership. On top of that, his endorsement of the younger Marcos in the executive level makes him a more viable target for demonization propaganda.