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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…

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

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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…

Read More Current chairman of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (@PCIJdotOrg) attended the wedding of Jover Laurio (a.k.a. @PinoyAkoBlog)!
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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. As Callamard herself cites, the offending photo even won a “World Press Photo Award” of some sort…

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

Read More Misleading @gmanews report by Llanesca T. Panti is inciting hatred for foreign workers among Filipinos
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“Attack on press freedom”. Seriously? If that notion even remotely made sense, then there’d be an industry-wide backlash. The fact is, there isn’t one. It’s really just Rappler CEO Maria Ressa raising a big stink about this mythological “attack”. Why does Maria Ressa believe “press freedom” is “under attack”? Perhaps it is because her failed…

Read More #DefendPressFreedom is just the latest snowflake fashion statement
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Inquirer editor John Nery asks himself a simple question in his column today, Assault on press freedom? Q and A: “If the cyberlibel case [against Maria Ressa] was presumed regular, why is it an assault on press freedom?” You’d think Nery would take this opportunity to articulate a really precise answer to this question to…

Read More Inquirer editor John Nery’s (@jnery_newsstand) intelligence-insulting FAQs on Maria Ressa’s “press freedom” circus
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Maria Ressa dismisses Filipinos who challenge her claim that she is being targeted by the Duterte government by labelling them as “trolls” who are merely following “marching orders”. That’s like saying her critics are all non-humans who have nothing of any worth to say. This is the height of arrogance. It is indeed fitting that…

Read More Maria Ressa dismisses her critics as “trolls”, believes she holds a monopoly on being RIGHT!

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If one uses Twitter to sample the general sentiment of the Filipino public, you’d think “press freedom” is top of mind for the majority of Filipinos. With the shrillness of the rhetoric of “activists” that populate social media, one would be forgiven in thinking that “press freedom” is the game-changing issue that will determine this…

Read More “Press freedom” is not the Philippines’ most important issue. It really isn’t.
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If I were a shareholder of “social news network” Rappler, I’d be really pissed. You hire and pay a CEO big bucks and what does she do? She gets my company into a heap of tax trouble and exposes it to a big libel case. Worst of all, she gets arrested and spends most of…

Read More Maria Ressa needs to take a break from #DefendPressFreedom — because she is the CEO of Rappler!
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Dressed in black, not in their traditional yellow for some reason, the usual faces representing the usual “activism” is fired up once again. But, really, what are they on fire about? That’s the million-peso question. The sheer volume and shrillness of the noise surrounding what is essentially the vacuous notion of some sort of “attack…

Read More #DefendPressFreedom “activists” shriek “stop the attacks”. But no such “attacks” exist!
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