Author: benign0

Webmaster of Get Real Philippines

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Jollibee gives Filipinos that familiar warm fuzzy feeling. One bite into a Jollibee burger sends us back in time and, for many, half way around the world back to a place of familiar sights, sounds, and smells. Make no mistake, however. The Jollibee franchise is a successful multinational enterprise. It didn’t get there by accident.…

Read More Jollibee is world-class because it did what other great brands did well – get into people’s heads

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The Twitter profile of @RapplerDotCom shows that it is more a cult of personality than a true news media organisation. What other news outlet banners an image of its CEO as part of its brand collateral? What Rappler should really be doing is reporting the news, not lionising its CEO who stands accused for tax…

Read More Rappler is more a cult of personality than a true news organisation. Its Twitter profile proves it

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The embattled CEO of Rappler continues her dramatics all the way to court to defend herself against tax evasion charges. In a recent tweet, Maria Ressa insisted that these are charges for crimes she “didn’t commit”. But, really, Ressa’s innocence or guilt on the matter of her tax evasion charges is not for anyone to…

Read More Only a Philippine court can decide whether or not Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is guilty of tax evasion

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It’s the predictable outcome following an athletically “underdog” university going up against a school with the resources and priorities to breed championship basketball teams. Alumni of the University of the Philippines (UP) go to the games to cheer their Maroons then watch as they get routed by the Blue Eagles. Then alumni of the Ateneo…

Read More Ateneans can’t help being “elitists” in the same way gay people can’t help being gay

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A statement tweeted by Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, seems to insinuate a position her government is taking on the credibility of the Philippine government. Canada remains deeply concerned for the security and safety of @mariaressa in the #Philippines. The harassment and intimidation of journalists have no place in democracy. We call for…

Read More Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland (@cafreeland) seems to be calling the Philippine government a LIAR