Not all Westerners are buying Rappler CEO Maria Ressa’s lies. In a recent conference on, you guessed it “media freedom” hosted by Pierre Omidyar, Ressa is seen behaving like an attack dog after Ezra Levant, “Rebel Commander” at The Rebel, challenged the ideas of Omidyar.
Maria Ressa hijacked the microphone, and proceeded to call Levant a “proxy for Duterte”. Levant can be heard in the background saying “Don’t do that, don’t do that,” evidently pointing out that Ressa was merely sidestepping his pointed questions. Levant went on to point out that Ressa’s troubles with the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission, further enraging Ressa.
Watch the video…
Maria Ressa knows how to play dirty. She shouldn’t really be discussing a case still pending in court especially in an international forum where the Ph SEC cannot give their side.
Levant quoted Ressa in a tweet insisting that a $4.5 million “grant” from Omidyar was “no big deal”. Levant goes on to tweet…
5. No-one here cares. They all want some of that sweet, sweet cash. When @mariaressa said a $4.5 million grant from Omidyar no big deal, you could see everyone here salivate like Pavlov’s Dog. That’s what this conference is about: Omidyar wants to rent hundreds of “journalists”.
Clearly Maria Ressa is being absolutely dishonest in her so-called “advocacy” to “protect” whatever “press freedom” is, she insists, “under threat” in the Philippines. The truth is, this is a time-wasting sorry excuse of an advocacy manufactured by a discredited thought leader to whitewash the utterly failed venture called Rappler.
Fans of the now-male Jake Zyrus, the formerly-female singer formerly known as Charice Pempengco, are up in arms. According to them, he was passed over for a chance to play a transgender role in an episode of the popular TV show Maalaala Mo Kaya (“Would You Remember”) airing this Saturday.
“Why would they not cast a real transman for the role?”
It is a resounding voice exhibiting the now-familiar sense of entitlement the LGBTQ community have become known for. So, yeah, why indeed?
Well, lets step back and regard — with modern thinking — the business of producing television shows, shall we?
Firstly, Anne Curtis is a far more popular celebrity than Jake Zyrus. Second, Curtis is prettier. And, third, Curtis is an actress while Zyrus is a singer. If you were a TV exec, the choice would be crystal clear, wouldn’t it?
Recall that straight-as-an-arrow Tom Hanks played the seminal role of a gay guy in the 1993 film Philadelphia. He played the role exceedingly well as only a top-notch actor like Tom Hanks could. In so doing, the film paved the way for the immense attention gay issues attract today. That is thanks to a brilliant actor who happened to be straight being cast for the role of a gay character.
Simple logic right there. Jake Zyrus’s fans should learn how to think with their heads.
Perhaps this is really how “human rights” lawyers work. They make victims of people who never saw themselves as victims to begin with. These parasitical members of the legal profession make people believe they are “victims” all for the purpose of turning them into “clients” who fit their nebulous “human rights” narrative.
Chel Diokno fits the bill perfectly. He presumed to represent the “victimhood” of the Filipino fishermen whose boat was allegedly rammed by a Chinese vessel in Reed Bank in mid June. The trouble is he made an equally nebulous case that was crushed under the intense grilling of the Philippines’ Supreme Court justices. Asked in a variety of words by these justices, What is it exactly you are asking of the Court? all Diokno’s legal team could respond with was a shrug and a scratch in the head.
Even more laughable, the fishermen themselves eventually disavowed themselves of Diokno’s quaint legal stunt.
All Diokno has left is a face to save. But it seems he is too late to save even that.
Tax evasion is a domestic issue that can be handled internally within the Philippines through its criminal justice system. It seems, however, that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa begs to be above that system and, in essence, above Philippine law itself.
News has recently come out that celebrity lawyer Amal Clooney will be “representing” Ressa in some sort of case seemingly framed around, you guessed it, “media freedom”…
“Maria Ressa is a courageous journalist who is being persecuted for reporting the news and standing up to human rights abuses. We will pursue all available legal remedies to vindicate her rights and defend press freedom and the rule of law in the Philippines,” Clooney said in a press statement released by London-based law firm Doughty Street Chambers announcing the relationship.
In what court will this legal battle be fought? Nowhere in this CNN International “report” are such specifics mentioned.
What is disturbing is that the charges against Ressa are very specific. But Clooney, disrespectfully lumps all these together into an arbitrary bucket CNN suggests she calls “charges that critics say are designed to silence her.”
Wow. Case framed around a flakey opinion issued by a nebulous community arbitrarily labelled “Duterte’s critics”. Sounds like a real winner of a case there.
Filipinos should watch this space. Perhaps there is yet another case to be filed against Ressa unfolding here — one that could be built around her very evident contempt for the Philippines’ very own and fully-functional criminal justice system.
What the heck has happened to Filipino “activism”? It’s become so schizophrenic and confused that it is now beyond all recognition. The country’s foremost “activists” are now rabidly and desperately calling for foreign intervention. Even top Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) honcho Joma Sison is calling for no less than the United States to come to the rescue of their hapless “proletariat”. ABS-CBN News reports that “Sison says US could order arrest of ‘traitor’ Duterte”…
“Without firing a single shot, the US can easily instruct its following within the military and police forces under Duterte to take him into custody as a traitor and to install vice president Robredo as the constitutional successor,” Sison said in a statement.
This position of the Philippines’ top commie runs counter to the sloganeering infrastructure of the vast community of university campus “cause oriented groups” infested by his own comrades.
This is the reason why Filipino “activists” — specially the communist variety amongst them — have lost all credibility. Indeed it is quite dishonest of them to be blaming everything that they think is “wrong” in the Philippines on anything or anyone other than themselves.
Sison has joined his pal Rappler CEO Maria Ressa in what had become the prevalent intellectually-dishonest “activist” approach of the 21st Century: Mentally-colonial “activism”.
The Inquirerhighlights the key message of the report…
By failing to extend assistance, the Chinese vessel failed to comply with the regulations of the United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which obliges masters of ships to provide assistance to the distressed persons at sea, the report stated.
Now that there is an authoritative account of what happened, there is now a clear basis to take action.
(1) Mount a criminal investigation and court procedure that leads to a proper ruling issued by a Philippine Court.
The case therefore needs to be put through the Philippines’ criminal-justice system after which, “If prosecution is successful, file a request to extradite the captain and crew of Yuemaobinyu 42212 from China.”
The important thing is a pathway forward is defined and taken. No aimless shrill activism will replace a modern effort of thinking things through and executing the plan decisively.
There’s been a lot of chatter surrounding “thought leader” Richard Heydarian’s plagiarisation of the eminent Yellowtard writer Conrado de Quiros’s groundbreaking blank Inquirer article written way back in 2004.
Thing is 2004, counting in digital years, practically sits on a different geological timeframe as 2019. Back then, before social media became a whole generation’s opiate, long-form writing (and long-form commenting) was the only way the “activists” of the time consumed content and engaged its authors. So, at the time, having a blank column going to print was pretty radical. Unfortunately for Heydarian, doing the same in an age of memes and highly-visual virtue signalling only makes him come across as, to use the immortal words of Lavinia Arguelles (played by Cherie Gil in the 2006 TV series Bituing Walang Ningning), “nothing but a second-rate, trying hard copycat”.
To be fair to Conrado de Quiros, he wrote EXCELLENT Yellowtard stuff — as in stuff that, at least, made one think before arriving at the inevitable conclusion that it really is all plain bullshit. Just the same, his stuff is so unlike today’s Yellowtard material. The Yellowtard drivel of today are products of an A.D.D. “Millennial” Generation that can’t sit still long enough to produce a coherent three-sentence paragraph.
In short, Old School Yellowtards like De Quiros made even his critics think, even for a minute. In contrast, the output of today’s Yellowtard “thought leaders” are an insult even to Yellowtards. Heydarian, as one of the few remaining long-form writers of his generation, did his craft a disservice by regressing from writing with substance to writing with stunts. Perhaps he is trying too hard to please the Yellowtards by writing at their level.
The kind that makes you look around your diverse locality, the quiet tolerance of the majority and think that all is well. Not the kind of liberalism that is borne out by polls showing that there is increased acceptance of immigration or LGBT people. Or the liberalism of technical democracy, where we still elect leaders in free and fair(ish) elections. This is corporate campaign liberalism, new Arsenal kit launch, urban fist-bumping liberalism.
It seems another taxpayer-funded monument to “the heroism of human rights violations victims during martial rule in the Philippines from 1972 to 1986” will be built. Haven’t Filipinos had enough of “memorials” that divide rather than unite? It seems certain little cliques in Philippine society are bent on keeping Filipinos imprisoned in Martial Law Crybabyism.
The blurb on the website of The Freedom Memorial Museum, a flagship project of the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission mandated by Republic Act 10368, carries on thus…
It shall revisit a period of tyranny that bred reformists, revolutionaries and freedom-fighters from among farmers and professionals, workers and academics, students and religious activists. It aims to build an experiential tapestry of lives, ideals, courage and determination of the victims and, in the end, the heroes of freedom.
Blah blah blah. Cutting to the main punchline…
It shall be a lasting symbol of the long-fought battle against authoritarian rule that culminated in the globally-acclaimed EDSA People Power revolt in 1986.
But of course. Another Yellowtard memorial. The trouble with Yellowtard memorials is that what these seek to immortalise all remain not only hopelessly debatable but acute partisan sore points that are epicentres of deep divisions in Philippine society. If a monument funded by taxpayers is put up on the most prestigious campus of the Philippines’ premiere state university, it raises the question around whether it will be representative of the broad public’s sentiment.
Quite predictably, members of the Yellowtards’ brains trust are ecstatic.
Hi all! May bagong museum na itatayo sa loob ng @Official_UPD (katapat ng CHED) to memorialize the martial law era. Ang tawag ay Freedom Memorial Museum.
According to a VERA Files report published by ABS-CBN News, the memorial was “launched on April 28, 2016, just before the presidential elections of that year.” Convenient, right? Just a little project snuck into the budget just before the collapse of all Yellowtardom just a month later that year.