Robredo camp denies ‘peace talks’ with Reds; tells Bong Go to check newsSenator
Giving Social Media a Bad Name
The Presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo’s office denies that it holds peace talks with the communist National Democratic Front. This is allegedly contrary to reports spreading on social media. Bong Go’s interview about it was reported by mainstream media. Not social media. Reactions only follow online after the said news. Why blame social media?
Not Part of It but Responsible of the Blame
Peace talks are “crucial in resolving this decades-long conflict” and “must be conducted through official, formal channels.” The Office of the Vice President (OVP) is not part of it, said its spokesman Barry Gutierrez.
Chance Interview by the Mainstream Media
Senator Bong Go, in a chance interview, said Robredo has no authority to negotiate with the NDF. That this power lies with President Rodrigo Duterte. Go “would do well to ensure that next time, he first checks that any ‘news’ he is reacting to is true and accurate. Not based on some troll’s rantings on YouTube,” said Gutierrez. Gutierrez should also check the origin of the news.
President Duterte to Robredo. That’s why you can’t be President. You’re too slow.
You Can’t be President
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has a lot of things to say to the presumptive VP. However, her media defenders are quick to criticize the Filipino leader and ignite distasteful exchanges. Leni Robredo might deny her misleading tweets. However, the damage has been done. She successfully annoys Duterte. Thus, leading him to swear that she can’t be president because she’s too slow. These exchanges are trending in social media.
Not in Line of Authority
The president added that in a war or calamity, you have to prepare in advance not just make calls. If Robredo only give orders during the typhoon, she’s just a nuisance. That is why two military leaders blast her on social media that she is not in line of authority. Therefore, she should not be on the way. Her followers are sad about this because they said that her intension is only to help. Not knowing that she can make the tasks of the officers more difficult.
To Rinse in Public
Duterte as he is known is quite direct in saying that he would rinse Robredo in public. This is once she runs for President. He can only ask, he said. He is not sure what time and which home Robredo goes home to. The VP in question replies that the exchanges are just getting below the belt.
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.
Erwin Tulfo observes that whenever the VP in waiting, Bongbong Marcos is his guest in the program, his social media accounts particularly Facebook is full of hearts. Many might say that money can manipulate the people’s online tool. However, digital marketing experts know that it takes passion and great public interest to be viral on the web.
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Marcos Infrastructure Template
The people welcome the news that ADB or Asian Development Bank is actually the provider of funds for the Manila-Clark MRT. Not the Chinese or the Japanese governments. ADB follows the World Bank concept. The Marcos gold deposits for the welfare of humanity at the World Bank can actually guarantee the “Build Build Build” project of the current administration.
The President’s Strategy
PresidentRodrigo Du30 from the start knew what’s he’s doing. It is notable that the leader uses the unprofessionalism of some media entities to confuse the opposition. Du30’s media boasts that the Chinese diplomats offered to fund his projects already have negative contexts. That the leader allegedly goes through a borrowing spree. The truth is, the Japanese contractors are responsible for the construction. They get their funding from the ADB.
Electoral Protest Update Through Social Media
The PET currently acknowledges the anomalies found as per the observations of Bongbong Marcos. It even issues another order for the local officials of Camarines Sur and Iloilo to explain the issues in the revisors’ incident reports specifically about the excess ballots in favor of VP Leni Robredo. The President and the Marcos camp are not happy over the tremendous delay. Nevertheless, they can only do lawful actions under the Philippine constitution. The President floats the idea of Federalism again.
Smartmatic in Election 2019
Marcos expresses his views that since the PET already confirms that there were indeed anomalies in 2016 elections, Smartmatic must not take part anymore in providing the digital voting machines. The process to find a replacement must be undertaken this early. Nevertheless, this seems not a priority of the three branches of government. Meanwhile, the former Senator continues to tour the nation to see how he can help. More hearts are about to flow via social media, an indication that the majority of Filipinos are looking forward to his return to the executive level of our government.
Empowering the youth through the Kabataang Barangay where Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos started in politics has become very successful. It gives access to free education and skills training that equip young Filipinos in doing good in the country’s workforce. Some even become global players in the business. She acknowledges that social media is a big help for them to air their side when the commercial press people are more interested in a female politician’s bad hair day. Public service is Gov. Marcos’ life and as she plans to run as Senator, she stresses her commitment to back the President’s efforts to bring changes in society for the better good of the Filipinos.
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[VIDEO]: Gov. Imee Marcos talks about the 80s, women, education, policy- making, the future.
The Katipunan ng Kabataan (KK) which means Youth Federation in English, is the mainstream federation of Filipino youths duly sponsored by the government of the Republic of the Philippines since the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ regime. It has chapters in all the 41,996 barangays of the country. Gov. Marcos was then the National Chairman of the Kabataang Barangay when she was 21 years old. Now, she is proud to say that many of its members are not successful in their chosen field or career. May it be in public service, corporate, oe business undertakings.
Media is More Interested in Bad Hair Day
It is tough for a female politician when she has to study policies but then the media is more interested in their having a bad hair day. She has been a subject of propaganda attacks since KB time and of course, from 1986. However, she admits that they also have a part in not airing their side. They do not have the sympathy of the media. It is only now that social media allows real people to air their part of the story. She also has nice words for millennials who are fortunate enough to have the technology throughout their existence. They can’t be fooled, she said.
Changes in Society
Under the leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Du30, the projects of former President Marcos are acknowledged. Better yet, beneficial works that were halted during the 1986 power grab by the Aquinos are revived. The infrastructure move is now continued with the Build Build Build initiative.Perhaps the nuclear power plant can serve areas that are not provided with enough electricity from the Meralco monopoly. Natural energy developments like solar, windmill and others can mushroom very soon. Most of all, the deuterium exploration and extraction can finally see the light.
Supporting the Boss of the Country
The anti-oligarchy Filipino leader who has a genuine pride of a sovereign country does not tolerate colonial mentality. That is what he has in common with the late President Marcos. Dictatorship can never happen in the Philippines. All major decisions must go through the Senate and the Congress. This is why the very able soon to be lady Senator Imee Marcos vows to work behind the good President Du30.
It is a big insult for many Filipinos particularly Bongbong Marcos’ supporters what VP Leni Robredo said during an interview. Most of her attackers on social media are not real people, she added. This proves to show that she has no clue how social media works. Even trolls cannot function without someone behind it. It is also not the number of posts that make an issue viral but the quality of content. Therefore, Robredo has no right to advice President Rodrigo Du30 not to let his emotions get the better of him in quitting the ICC or International Criminal Court. She definitely does not have the brains needed.
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[VIDEO]: Leni Robredo: “Yung tumitira sa akin well-oiled infrastructure.”
Not Real People
Leni Robredo says in an interview that the attacks that she receives mostly come from a well-oiled infrastructure. They are not from real people. She comments that her small percentage of real people is not enough defending her. It is hard to keep up with her attackers who employ those expensive setups, she said.
Lack of Knowledge or Total Stupidity?
Social media practitioners and online marketing gurus can attest that to get followers, one must be credible, consistent, knowledgeable, an expert on his or her field, and has a unique personality. Originality is a must so to speak given the information overload during the digital age. Online influencers must build their name in a course of time. A politician cannot just hire people to post attacks against their enemies to get patronage using trolls. That won’t last. Besides, Facebook and Google’s strict policies just won’t allow duplicated or reported users to linger.
ICC as a Safety Net
We shouldn’t be ruled by temper in deciding whether or not to quit from the ICC, Robredo pleaded. However, she forgets that she resigned from Du30’s Cabinet in 2016 due to policy differences. Taking the ICC as a “safety net” for alleged victims of human rights abuse by public officials can only mean that the association can certainly be used by anti-government movers like her against a ruling party or official.
Social Media Criticisms
Perhaps, Robredo does not realize that the very reason why she gets all the negative criticisms via social media is her “shallow” views on sensitive issues. It is really true that once she opens her mouth, she just destroys herself. Then she has the guts to blame it on President Du30 and Bongbong Marcos. A typical trait of a loser.
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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Sass Rogando Sasot, a mere blogger blasts Rappler even before it’s license was revoked. She cites some evidence of the debunked Media’s biased news especially the one submitted to Bloomberg. Plus its connivance with VP Leni Robredo versus Bongbong Marcos’ online supporters. It also claims anew that it is trending in the Philippines with only 17,000 tweets. A clear indication that they do not have the proper online tools to monitor data. The SEC’s kill order revoking its license to operate is the first of its kind in history – both for the Commission and for Philippine media, it said. It’s CEO, Maria Ressa accuses President Du30 of silencing government-critical media like them.
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Media Licence Revoked
The decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission or SEC to revoke Rappler’s registration is for violating the Constitution as per the record. There are words of support from their supporter via social media but it failed to monitor the other side of the fence how happy they are for the good riddance.
In SEC’s order, it focused on the company’s Philippine Depositary Receipts or PDR from Omidyar Network. It says that it violates constitutional restrictions on ownership and control of mass media entities. Under the constitution, Filipinos must own a majority of the company’s share. Besides, the online publication behaves like a blogger and not as a media entity that must be in neutral position. They should not be taking the side of Robredo and must not openly support her trolls in counteracting the popularity of Bongbong Marcos using baseless accusations like the alleged ill-gotten wealth, fake diploma, and anti-Sandro Marcos statements.
Rappler also said that netizens condemn such action of the government saying that it is a blatant effort to silence the press for its critical reporting against them. As a proof, they quoted LaddadOfficial, Little Red Shoes, and Althea Again’s comments that are obviously fake accounts which posted pro-Liberal Party sentiments. Social media users can only be credible if their real identity is not hidden. Maybe, Rappler also has no clue on that.
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.
Some commercial media publications are quick enough to report on December 8 that Edilberto del Carmen uses the alias Angel Ferdinand Marcos to pretend as the son of the late Ferdinand Marcos. He was arrested following a warrant by Judge Ana Marie Joson-Viterbo of the Regional Trial Court Branch 24, according to Chief Insp. Rommel Labalan, CIDG Pampanga chief. On the other hand, there’s hardly any mention of Bongbong Marcos’ efforts with former Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez during the Marawi City visit last December 4, 2017. Are Marcos fakers more newsworthy for these press channels than the real namesake who continued his public service legacy?
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The Marcoses in the Eyes of Former Staff
People who have the chance to be up close and personal with the Marcoses can only praise them. There’s no such thing as perfect life. However, the admirable qualities of the former first couple are just so distinct that they are impossible to forget. As per the video testimony, ex-First Lady Imelda Marcos is like a live wire. She loves to work until the wee hours and entertain people during the day. The late President Marcos also has no tolerance for stupidity. These descriptions alone are quite in contrast with what most mainstream media try to portray as far as the Marcoses are concerned.
The Recent Faker who Got Media’s Attention
Edilberto del Carmen who transacts business using the name Angel Ferdinand Marcos is the alleged leader of the Del Carmen Criminal Group. It is “involved in fraud scam and illegal possession of firearms.”
Disowned by Bongbong Marcos
Bongbong Marcos disowns Del Carmen. He calls him “bogus” in a previous interview. The real namesake also said that they have nothing to do with the UPLB scam that uses his father’s legacy to gather thousands of people hoping to get a piece of the alleged gold inheritance. It is just suspicious that both of these fakers got the headlines of the traditional media.
Snubbed by Most Mainstream Media
People can only wonder about the quality of journalism in the country. Fake news on the Marcoses seems like a priority in newsprint spaces and even on air time. Substantial news on Bongbong Marcos or his sister doing great things for the country is often ignored. Good thing that social media practitioners supplement the lack of good judgment by mainstream journalists.