According to Rappler, Duterte government “targetted” it and “certain journalists” but shows no evidence

It’s time to fact check Rappler again. In a fluff piece meant primarily to feature “vice president” Leni Robredo’s address to “a forum of local and international journalists.” Included in this “report” is this passage… The Duterte administration has targeted certain journalists and news organizations like Rappler for their critical reporting on its policies, actions, […]

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Maria Ressa named among “most influential” by @TIME, but who or what exactly has she influenced?

As if TIME Magazine had not learned any lessons over the course of its slide to irrelevance over the last decade or so, it goes on and reportedly names Rappler CEO Maria Ressa among its “100 Women of the Year”. Time‘s “100 Women of the Year,” a list of the most influential women of the […]

Karen Davila, like Maria Ressa, was unable to prove that “press freedom” is “under attack”!

The biggest takeaway from Karen Davila’s cringe-inspiring interview of Malacanang Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is not Panelo’s wearing dark glasses as “investigative journalist” Raissa Robles points out. Rather, it is Davila’s failure to respond intelligently when Panelo challenged her to back her assertion that ABS-CBN’s legal troubles constitute an “attack on press freedom”. Interestingly enough, the […]

Gagging ABS-CBN is the right thing to do. Here’s why…

The latest development surrounding Solicitor General Jose Calida’s initiative to shut down ABS-CBN is his request to the Supreme Court to issue a gag order against the Philippines’ top media network. In a very urgent motion, the government’s top counsel wanted to prohibit “parties and persons acting on their [network’s] behalf” from releasing statements surrounding […]

Lawyer @attyHarryRoque burns “thought leader” @RicHeydarian in Al Jazeera interview

An account of an Al Jazeera video interview tweeted by Netizen @Reyna_Elena featuring Harry Roque and Richard Heydarian shows the former trouncing the latter in a basic talk on “media freedom” in the Philippines. Here is Elena’s account on the video interview… “This political scientist Heydarian needs more unlimited rice to learn his trade! Fledgling […]

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Duterte critics cannot be taken seriously because they lack conviction

Now I know the meaning of charot (“just kidding”). I was never interested in finding out. Thanks to critics of President Rodrigo Duterte who use it to deny they want him dead. It’s hard to take them seriously when they consistently exhibit a lack of conviction. At least the late Carlos Celdran meant it when […]

Maria Ressa is weaponising her media connections against President Duterte

Maria Ressa, CEO of Rappler, fashions herself as some sort of victim. But is she? It is evident that she has a lot of friends in high places and, more importantly for her, in Western places that she conscripts to her nefarious ends. Ressa speaks about how people are “weaponising” the Internet and even the […]

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Maria Ressa appeals to Facebook for help to silence her critics!

I read an article about Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on the Australian Financial Review where she is quoted appealing to Facebook to help hold Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to account. She said “the only people who can actually do something to level the playing field in the short-term are the social media platforms”. Huh? Facebook […]

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Rappler spins SWS survey on free speech negatively, possibly to save CEO Maria Ressa’s position!

A recent study conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) found that Filipinos disagree with Maria Ressa’s “assault on press freedom” fear mongering. Most of the major Big Corporate media outlets reported this consistently. Here is a rundown of the key headlines issued by these major media organisations. Note how one of them, albeit one […]

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Latest SWS survey shows Filipinos disagree with Maria Ressa’s “assault on press freedom” fear mongering!

Is free speech really “under threat” as Rappler CEO Maria Ressa keeps screeching about? Apparently most Filipinos disagree as a recent SWS survey report reveals. The report showed that Filipinos are in “strong” agreement that “they can openly say whatever they want without fear, even if their statements are against the Duterte administration”. Results of […]