Media firms @PCIJdotOrg, @VERAfiles, @CMFR, and @RapplerDotCom all BAYARAN???

Mr Bobi Tiglao couldn’t have been more succinctly on point in his explosive Manila Times article today.

We are a sovereign nation. Why do we allow a foreign power to fund media entities dedicated to painting the duly elected president black, in the hope that the masses, or the military, would be roused to topple him?

But that is exactly what Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), Vera Files, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), and Rappler are guilty of to the tune of millions of dollars in funding from foreign governments according to Tiglao.

Recall earlier that top Yellow blogger Jover Laurio of Pinoy Ako Blog too was exposed as a paid hack. Following these exposés, including ones from RJ Nieto’s Fact-checking the fact-checker: Over 50% of Vera Files funding from CIA-linked orgs, these supposed “truth sayers” have been exposed as receiving foreign funds. They are all anti-Duterte. And to think they have been accusing us for years of receiving funds from the Marcoses even without providing proof. Such hypocrites!

I’m pretty sure the journalists tagged as receiving foreign funds will cry foul and accuse the Duterte govt of trying to stifle “dissent”. But as journalists, they should be publishing facts, not opinions. And besides, if they broke the law, they have to pay the price.

Ellen Tordesillas contradicts Maria Ressa, says “PH Journalism is as vibrant as ever”!

Queen of Philippine “fact checkers” Ellen Tordesillas finally fact checks Rappler CEO Maria Ressa! Ressa, we recall, has been insisting that “press freedom” is “under threat” in the Philippines which we have long pointed out is a complete lie.

Fortunately Tordesillas had recently come to her senses and acknowledge too in a tweet that Ressa has not been telling the truth at all.

Filipinos can now rest assured that “press freedom” is not “dying” in the Philippines and that Ressa had merely been foolishly crying out that the sky is falling and making a complete fool of herself. Ellen Tordesillas said so. She is, after all, the Philippines’ foremost “fact checker”.

Current chairman of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (@PCIJdotOrg) attended the wedding of Jover Laurio (a.k.a. @PinoyAkoBlog)!

How can one expect Filipinos to regard the chi chi Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) as an objective source of information when its chairman, Howie Severino is a known rabid supporter of partisan camps loyal to the Aquino-Cojuangco clan (a.k.a. the Yellowtards)?

This is an issue highlighted by former Ambassador and Manila Times columnist Bobi Tiglao in a recent Facebook post

In the company of known communists, Yellowtard politicians like Florin “Pilo” Hilbay, and disgraced singer Jim Paredes, among others, it is difficult to see Severino and the PCIJ as anything other than just another mouthpiece of groups loyal to failed ideologies and narratives.

Tiglao also adds in a subsequent post

PCIJ, Vera Files, CMFR have been demanding transparency from government. Yet they refuse to be transparent when they’re asked who are their funders. Don’t they know that media like government is a public trust? They haven’t responded at all to my queries.

It must be clear in hindsight to many of the bozos in this photo what a dumb idea it was to be caught all together in this now iconic wedding photo.

Special Rapporteur @AgnesCallamard and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa show NO RESPECT for deceased Filipino nationals

A recent tweet from “special rapporteur” Agnes Callamard exhibits the uncovered remains of a homicide victim in the Philippines — a clear double standard considering no such photo specially of Western nationals would be tolerated in Western settings.

NB: Image altered by GetRealPundit to conceal identity of the deceased.

As Callamard herself cites, the offending photo even won a “World Press Photo Award” of some sort for photographer Ezra Acayan. Perhaps Filipinos should look more into the sorts of photos that win these so-called awards and see if photos of European nationals are showcased in such a disrespectful way.

Double standards the likes of which Filipinos always end up on the losing end seem to simply fly over the pointed heads of foremost Filipino “thought leaders” like Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Ressa, in this instance, conveniently overlooks the blatant impropriety in Callamard’s online behaviour to seize an opportunity to do a bit of social climbing

Perhaps, being an American and raised in a Western setting, Maria Ressa too fails to appreciate the appalling double standard in the treatment of sensitive images of the deceased when it comes to Third World societies.

Clearly, manners go out the window when it comes to social climbing on social media.

Yellowtard-led Opposition spreading unverified information in last ditch effort to win 2019 elections!

They’re up to the same tricks again, spreading unverified reports of “narco-lists”, whistleblowers named “Bikoy”, and accompanying documents of dubious authenticity. The Opposition led by Liberal Party partisans (a.k.a. the Yellowtards) are making good once again on a track record of dishonest “information” campaigns.

Back in 2012, then-newbie “new media” site Rappler dot com sprung up out of nowhere propagating factoids surrounding the impeachment trial of then Chief Justice Renato Corona. It’s as if this “social news network” headed by its CEO Maria Ressa was created specifically for the job of demonising Corona.

Then came Pinoy Ako Blog just in time to boost the comms requirements of the Yellowtards in the campaign leading to the 2016 elections. Again, another channel magically springing up out of nowhere spewing drivel to contribute to the cause of getting the Yellowtards back in power.

A video is one thing and a cadre of “cooperative” corporate media organisations to help spread it is another. But the big question one needs to ask is whether the “evidence” in these videos will pass the standards of real Philippine courts. Do the Opposition have a legal roadmap to bring to justice those characters in the video whom they suggest have done something wrong? Unlikely. Their aim is not justice but merely to slander.

Top “fact checker” Ellen Tordesillas slack on fact check standards when sharing anti-Duterte videos!

When it comes to sharing the “Bikoy” videos that supposedly expose a “narco-list” that implicates in the Philippines’ drug trade members of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s family, Vera Files head and “fact checker” extraordinaire Ellen Tordesillas pulls no punches.

Tordesillas reports on her blog that the videos “look professionally done” and were “uploaded on You Tube and Facebook [under the] account of ‘Metro Balita’, which lists itself as ‘media/news company’.”

All this is, of course, just Tordesillas’s personal opinion to suggest something about the factualness of the content of the videos and the authenticity of its sources.

It is thus hypocritical that the Philippines’ Queen of “Fact Checking” would encourage people to consume and spread content on social media on the weak back of her opinion and personal judgement and not much else.

Leni Robredo calls for control and regulation of social media!

Perhaps finally recognising her utter lack of any wit to apply to the art of social media warfare, the Philippines’ “vice president” has decided to take the easy self-entitled route and suggest that it be censored instead. In a statement given to the media the other day, Leni Robredo reportedly called for legislation to be crafted to achieve this end.

Kailangan talaga iyong Kongreso magpasa ng mga batas na kahit paano may control saka regulation iyong mga post sa social media. Kailangan iyong mga social media networks gaya ng Facebook, ng Instagram, pati nga YouTube, kailangan magkaroon ng regulation…

Translated: “Congress should pass laws to control and regulate posts on social media. Social media networks like Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube should be regulated.”

To be fair, Robredo has struggled since Day One of her ascent to high-profile politician to manage her public persona. Despite being pitched as the stereotypical humble public servant she has been the subject of ridicule by a public grown weary of this unoriginal narrative.

The irony that seems to escape Robredo is that the seeds of the 1986 Yellowtard “revolution” were sown in an environment in which media was tightly-controlled. History has shown that information finds a way to get to those who seek it. In the case of the 1980s, videos and published material from foreign sources were routinely smuggled into the Philippines and disseminated to fuel the “revolution”.

If that circumventing of media controls was possible in the analogue 80s imagine the impossibility of depriving the public of information in the digital 21st Century. Robredo, yet again, exhibits the very dumbness that attracted the thriving Robredo meme industry that prompted her to call for social media censorship to begin with.

This is the reason the Opposition fail to win elections nowadays. It is because they rely on stupid “thought leaders”. They should re-evaluate their strategy and distance themselves from people who make them look stupid.

Maria Ressa TOO SCARED to file libel charges against Bobi Tiglao!

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is on a rampage following Bobi Tiglao’s explosive series of exposés on her dishonesty and hypocrisy.

Tiglao points out that Ressa is an American, bashing the Philippines and that as part of her commitment to American citizenship, she is sworn to “absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which [she had] been a subject or citizen.”

But Ressa “acquired Filipino citizenship in 2004 to make it legally easier for her to work as a manager at ABS-CBN Broadcasting, a media company where foreigners are banned by the Constitution from participating”, as Tiglao writes in his follow-on piece Rappler’s Ressa is a colossal con man. Indeed, she does have a “distressed career” to salvage. She today mounts a textbook Victimhood Campaign involving “her portrayal as a hapless journalist struggling against a powerful state”. And yet, in actual fact, “she is under the protection of the world’s most powerful nation” — her true motherland, the United States of America.

Understandably, Ressa is livid. But then asked by humble Netizens why she should not just file libel charges against Tiglao, Ressa responded in her usual arrogant, condescending, and haughty demeanour.

Of course, any schmoe can dismiss the opinion of a respected columnist as mere “fantasies”. She can even tweet that dismissal to her millions of followers as much as she wants. However, the way the world works today makes containing that growing sentiment a bit more difficult than merely throwing a sophomoric tantrum.

Ressa, of course, has the option of suing for libel. That’s when it gets interesting and what will separate the men from the boys. Your move, Maria Ressa.

Misleading @gmanews report by Llanesca T. Panti is inciting hatred for foreign workers among Filipinos

A report published on the GMA News Online website states, “Illegal foreign workers should not be allowed to steal jobs from Filipinos, Vice President Leni Robredo said Tuesday.” However there seems to be nothing in what is quoted verbatim from Robredo’s statements in the report itself that shows she was referring to illegal aliens when she hinted that foreign workers “steal jobs” from Filipinos.

Did Llanesca T. Panti, author of the report LIE? If she did, then this is a grossly irresponsible piece of journalism that should not be tolerated.

Panti also reports in the same GMA News Online story that “President Rodrigo Duterte said that illegal Chinese workers in the country can stay since deporting them could mean a backlash for Filipinos who are working in China.” However a report published on The Philippine Star quotes Duterte verbatim:

“Iyong mga Chinese dito hayaan mo ‘yan na dito magtrabaho. Hayaan mo (Allow the Chinese here to work. Let them),” Duterte said in his speech during the campaign rally of PDP-Laban in Laguna.

Clearly, nowhere in his statement did Duterte suggest that “illegal Chinese workers in the country can stay” as Panti reported on GMA News Online.

This is a case of media deliberately spreading disinformation about an important issue that could cause unnecessary animosity between Filipinos and both guest foreign workers and permanent residents of foreign origin living among them.

This is both irresponsible and dishonest journalism and should be dealt with by the management of GMA News Online immediately.

Maria Ressa in BIG TROUBLE for falsely accusing Duterte supporters of being “paid trolls” who are under “marching orders”!

Maria Ressa is supposedly incensed by a protest activity instigated by activist Mark Lopez who visited the office building of Rappler to express outrage over her global campaign to vilify the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (watch video on Twitter and on Facebook).

Ressa claims that online trolls paid for and directed by the government are under “marching orders” to harass her. Lopez begs to differ

Lopez, in a Facebook Live video, said he made the visit with his friend Jovybev Aquino in order to “express our outrage” at Ressa’s statement.

“We can’t take that tweet. Di namin kinaya ‘yan. Malaking sampal po iyan sa amin, sa atin dahil ‘yung sinasabi po d’yan eh tayo daw na mga trolls lang na tumatanggap lang ng marching orders from somebody else. So we’re here to prove to Ms. Ressa that we are not trolls, that we are here to express our outrage,” he said.

Lopez also carried a poster which read: “As a Filipino, I am going to hold Maria Ressa and Rappler accountable for destroying the image of my country.”

It is interesting to note that a similar protest action was done by Yellowtard “activist” Carlos Celdran back in 2010. Celdran at the time and until now is lauded by the Yellowtard community for his stunt which involved barging into a gathering of Catholic clergy people and holding up a placard with the name “Damaso” written on it.

Ressa’s response to Lopez’s protest action today is an example of the selective manner with which the Yellowtards apply their nebulous “principles”.

Ressa who apparently has close personal ties with Facebook executives and is in a cosy “fact checking” arrangement with the company is seemingly pulling strings to silence Lopez and her other critics on the planet’s dominant social media platform. Following his protest activity at the Rappler offices, Lopez’s Facebook account was suspended but later reinstated after he reportedly appealed to Facebook’s Singapore regional head office.