Modern analytics applied to Google search data have shown that Donald Trump was not the cause of a surge in right wing sentiment. That sentiment actually brewed in the fringes over the presidency of Barack Obama. Trump merely surfed to power on the wave of the culmination of that sentiment.
The same was what was likely behind the surprise victory of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016. Duterte did not cause the swing to right-wing populist sentiment. He rode on the surge in that sentiment that snowballed during the incompetent presidency of Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III.
The lesson here is that the Opposition led by the Yellowtards is going about their campaign all wrong today. Continuing to rabidly sing to their old bleeding heart hymn books will only further galvanise the formidable support base of Duterte. And they will likely lose big time in the coming 2019 congressional elections.
The Philippine Opposition need to ditch the Yellowtards and the obsolete rhetoric they keep chanting if they are out to grab what’s left of any opportunity to score at the balls in the homestretch of this campaign.
Not surprising the awarding of the contract for printing passports to a private company was just another one of those midnight deals during Noynoy Aquino’s term just before he stepped down from office. This is similar to the rushed mass vaccination using the untested Dengvaxia vaccine.
What’s also not surprising is the deafening silence of the rabid yellow supporters who were initially outraged when people were made to believe by Locsin that the contractor “made off” with the data. They are turning a blind eye to shady awarding of contracts involving millions of pesos.
This is probably why Locsin misreported that data from passport processing was “stolen” by the private contractor. He is focusing on defending Kris Aquino instead of focusing on his job in the Dept of Foreign Affairs. His defence is also lame. He simply dismisses threats. Because of his messed up priorities he failed at both.
A report published on the Manila Times in 2015 described the possible circumstances surrounding awarding of what turned out to be a disastrous contract to print Philippine passports. Interestingly enough, the issue was brought to the fore by a Yellowtard politician…
Akbayan party-list Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez was referring to the awarding by the DFA of the contract to the APO Production Unit Inc., a government-controlled corporation under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
Gutierrez said he is puzzled as to why the DFA awarded the printing contract to APO considering that Philippine passports have long been produced ed at the security printing plant of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in Quezon City which is technically equipped to handle the printing of bank notes, documents and forms that need security features.
The fiasco has exposed millions of Filipino passport holders to potential breaches to their privacy.
Nonetheless, DFA Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr assures everyone that all is ok as, like most things, data has a use-by date after which quality degenerates…
As time passes the shit dries up so you can examine it with a stick without any of it sticking to the stick. No leak so far. But the data is possibly hopelessly corrupted and at any rate inaccessible now or we are being lied to as usual.
There you go. We can all rest assured of this.
Risa Hontiveros proved again she is not very smart. She was quick to assume the data leak in the DFA was the fault of Duterte without finding out the details first. But it’s good at least we know she is angry at the culprit and should stay angry after finding out it was Noynoy.
Both Hontiveros and vice president Leni Robredo want an investigation into the data leak at the DFA pronto! They should maintain that same level of zeal even after the result of the investigation prove it was the Noynoy govt that was accountable for the criminal negligence that compromised privacy.
Nonetheless, I find DFA Secretary TeddyBoy Locsin’s use of the “F” word unnecessary and unbecoming of a diplomat. It seems he is trying so hard to be cool. He’s also inconsistent. He gets angry and defensive when Cory and Kris are being criticised, but he is also critical of Noynoy. All Aquinos are the same — incompetent and vindictive.
According to Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr, the previous contractor reportedly “made off” with DFA data leaving the department the onerous task of “rebuilding” the data base. One can interpret “made off” with having physically taking the data away from DFA premises much the same way that a burglar will have made off with a TV.
But this is data we are talking about. To “make off” with data leaving the DFA empty-handed could mean one of two things:
(1) the perpetrator copied the data then deleted the source of said copy; or,
(2) the DFA, to begin with, did not keep a copy of the data as the perpetrator worked on it.
Which one is it?
Either way, both involve responsibilities for data security that fall squarely within the remit of the DFA to assure whilst a contractor worked on its systems.