According to the Yellowtard @MrFrankBaraan, Twitter users are smart “fact checkers” and Facebook users are stupid trolls!

In a recent tweet, the self-described “human rights activist” and “democracy advocate” issued his assessment of the intelligence of members of the two big social media platforms…

Not only is he calling Facebook users stupid, he is also accusing them of being paid hacks funded by Filipino taxpayers.

One wonders a very basic wonder… Does Frank Baraan IV have proof to back his assertions?

Perhaps Baraan fails to see the irony in his statements — words that have, themselves, not been subject to a proper fact check even by himself.

Interestingly enough, there continues a persistent mystery surrounding the possible involvement of his father, Francisco Baraan the Third, in the thriving drug trade in the Philippines. Indeed the questions continue to be asked… Was he really involved in drug trafficking at the New Bilibid Prisons?

Lots of disturbing questions surrounding former Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III remain unanswered to this day.

Considering a quaint cottage industry of so-called “fact checkers” has sprung up all over the Philippines’ social media scene, no facts have actually emerged to clarify this matter.

Has someone or someTHING taken over the Twitter account of Regine Velasquez (@reginevalcasid)??

Of late, following a tweet in response to Secretary Teddy Location that went viral, a strange deviation in the quality of the tweets of Filipino singer Regine Velasquez.

Note as follows…

First this

TRESPASS, ENCROACH, INFRINGE, INVADE mean to make inroads upon the property, territory, or rights of another. TRESPASS implies an unwarranted or unlawful intrusion. hunters trespassing on farmland ENCROACH suggests gradual or stealthy entrance upon another’s territory

Then this

or usurpation of another’s rights or possessions. the encroaching settlers displacing the native peoples INFRINGE implies an encroachment clearly violating a right or prerogative. infringing a copyright

And then this

INVADE implies a hostile and injurious entry into the territory or sphere of another. accused of invading their privacy

Hmmmm… “usurpation”, “infringement”, and “encroaching” among other big English words the sorts of which don’t normally form part of the vocabulary of “Asia’s Songbird” have suddenly started appearing on her timeline. Note too the complex and well-constructed sentence structure of the tweets, all in straight English.

Indeed, one wonders who or what is really behind the Twitter handle of Regine Velasquez — one that commands the attention of no less than 2.6 million followers.

The mystery persists.

Damaso activist @CarlosCeldran banned from Facebook after inviting people to “shoot” Mark Zuckerberg!

Apparently not content with his new-found expat life in Spain, Filipino “influencer” and self-styled “activist” Carlos Celdran continues to keep tabs on Philippine politics. However he continues to go about it the wrong way this time getting into trouble once again after inviting his followers to effect violence upon no less than Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself…

Not surprisingly, Celdran got himself suspended from his favourite social media platform. But, quite evidently, he seems to learn no lessons from the experience as this latest tweet demonstrates…

And the hypocrisy of Facebook. My post was removed and my account suspended for now. They allow threats sent to everyone – except to themselves. Work harder @facebook in removing fake profiles, fake news & fake engagements. Your platform facilitated enough harm already.

Holy Yellowtard logic, Batman!

This, coming from an avid instagrammer. Perhaps semeone should remind Celdran who owns Instagram.

The more Jim Paredes’s apologists react, the more people lose sympathy for him

Earlier I felt sorry for Jim Paredes until I read his so-called “apology” again and realised he was praising himself for being “honest”. And what’s worse is the yellows who support him still act so high and mighty as if he did nothing wrong. Of course he did. He was judgemental to others.

Bilib na talaga ako sa tigas ng mukha ng mga dilaw. Even after a prominent rabid yellow has been exposed – literally and figuratively – they still can’t accept they are hypocrites. They still find a way to applaud him for his “bravery” in admitting it’s him. Ulol!! He just got caught!

Unfortunately, you don’t just get praises for exposing yourself. You also risk being mocked and ridiculed. Not everyone will like how you look and perform. As an artist, Jim should know that.

Nonetheless, Jim should look on the bright side. A lot of people like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton became popular after their sex videos were leaked. This could be Jim’s chance to revive his “career” in showbiz. Perhaps as a bomba star!

Instagrammer @LanceDeOcampo #cancelledt after dipping into Siargao “influencer” row!

“Influencer” is so last year’s hipster lingo and “curated” is so ten years ago old school. Yet social media “content creator” Lance de Ocampo seemingly manages to make a living bandying around those terms.

De Ocampo is seemingly one such Internet parasite of late slighted by statements from business owners who’ve had enough of such millennial vermin pitching “collaboration” projects to market their products and services in exchange for personal freebies.

White Banana Beach Club (WBBC) in Siargao had, for one, issued a statement on its Facebook page essentially slamming the door on these bozos…

We are receiving many messages regarding collaborations with influencers, Instagram influencers. We kindly would like to announce that White Banana is not interested to collaborate with self-proclaimed influencers

WBBC, in a subsequent post, went further to clarify what they believe a REAL influencer is…

Good day everyone.
Our post went viral.
But we want to clarify that we are not against INFLUENCERS.
Just against freeloaders.

A REAL influencer is called as such by the rest, he does not address him/herself as an influencer. They are bloggers. We have actually collaborated with a few of them, in different terms and conditions, and we support them.

There are real influencers, that in case we will contact them and pay or offer something. But look, they’ve never contacted us, as they don’t need us. We need them.

In a statement that he later posted on Twitter, De Ocampo asserted that he “felt strongly offended about their statement” and cautioned the beach resort management against making such a “hasty generalization”.

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.

When you’re with the Yellowtards you’re a “Netizen”, otherwise you are a “troll”

Trust the renowned Reverse Midas Touch of the Yellowtards to turn an otherwise benign term such as “Netizen” into a concept associated with self-entitled millennial snowflake brats. That is exactly what they did in being baldly selective with how they brand anyone who dares criticise or challenge Yellowtard orthodoxy.

When a social media user toes the “liberal” Yellowtard or communist line, that user is a “Netizen” and enjoys a high chance of getting generous citations in various “reports” all over mainstream media — specially “social news network” Rappler where the idea of “journalism” is a nebulous vibe crafted to suit the political and personal agendas of its CEO Maria Ressa.

And the rest of the lot? They are “trolls”. So anyone deemed disagreeable by the chi chi “thought leaders” of Yellowtardom gets summarily slapped that label — a convenient one that erstwhile attracted social stigma.

Not anymore though. The term “troll”, like that other favourite snowflakes’ bogeyman “Fake News” has been dropped too often that it has been rendered meaningless and is now regarded as just a quaint Yellowtard punchline. We all have to thank the astounding inconsistency with which the Yellowtards apply their “principles” to their sophomoric “activism” for that.

Yellowtard social climbers unite under @PinoyAkoBlog and @MrsUnlawyer!

As if they haven’t been burnt enough yet, it seems Jover Laurio of Pinoy Ako Blog and a certain “Mrs Unlawyer” of [what’s her claim to fame nga ba?] remain locked in a mutual back-patting Twitter soiree of sorts. Quite flattering too as they revel over the fact that they had earned respective distinctions as subject of past GRP articles.

Laurio, of course, is a GRP hall-of-famer being, well, the top blogger of Yellowtardom, or so we are reminded continuously by the fact of her being crown princess Filipino of the Year deemed so no less than by the country’s top broadsheet the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

One can be forgiven for admiring Jover Laurio’s ability to get her face front and centre along with her poltical messages…

As for “Mrs Unlawyer”, she may not be as decorated as Laurio but she certainly tries hard enough evidently drawing from a well of moral support supplied by her community of mutual back-scratching amigas. Trouble is, and to give a bit of credit to the earlier princess, “Mrs Unlawyer” lacks a body of online work to substantiate what she actually stands for online. Other than low-brow stunts like inciting violence against other women (which earned her her first GRP mention), “Mrs Unlawyer” has really nothing much to show for all the time she spends on Twitter. Indeed, perhaps she should thank GRP for immortalising her Twitter persona such as in this one where, unfortunately for her, her bald inability to respond to simple challenges to her hollowly-bold assertions is on exhibit.

Funny enough, it is quite interesting to note that despite a lot of the online scrutiny Laurio attracts to her face (which she once attempted to deal with through an ill-advised lawsuit that later backfired), Laurio continues to soldier on face-first. Now that is something I gotta admit, I admire in Laurio — her ability to put forth a brave face amidst all the commentary on, well, her face.

The same cannot be said of “Mrs Unlawyer”, however who seems to prefer to put a dog between the camera and her mug.

…unlike ‘MrsUnlawyer’ who much prefers having a dog get in the way of proper face time with her audience.

Fair enough. There are many ways to get a message across that does not require directing people’s attention to one’s face. But when you’ve got nothing much to exhibit other than a thousand-odd tweets that, in the scheme of things, serves no more than to assuage one’s need for online validation, well, one would think one would marshal as much of their personal equity as could be brought to bear in their online advocacies, whatever that might be.

“Press freedom” is not the Philippines’ most important issue. It really isn’t.

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 year’s elections.

Sadly, this isn’t true. Most Filipinos don’t give a shit about “press freedom”. It doesn’t help that “activist” personalities who champion the cause of this dubious advocacy have come to be seen by many as elitist social climbers who are just out to satisfy their virtue signalling addiction.

The Philippines’ foremost activists like the left-leaning Inday Espina Varona and Tonyo Cruz come across as elitist even as they supposedly champion issues important to the masses.

The data shows that “press freedom” is not a strong election issue — which is why the primary poster person of this “cause”, Maria Ressa, is increasingly isolating herself and possibly dooming her organisation, Rappler, to a spiral towards insolvency. Rather than be a CEO, Ressa seems to prefer the embrace of the snowflake community. Rather than be a journalist, Ressa would rather be an emotional blackmailing shill. Rather than focus on her legal troubles, Ressa would rather seek comfort in an echo chamber she engineered for herself.

It seems, though, that the majority of Filipinos no longer fall for this sort of phony melodrama, and politicians are taking heed. Even the Liberal Party claim to be listening to their constituents’ concerns this time. Indeed, if they focus on the basics — listening and evaluating real data — Filipino politicians need no longer waste precious campaign resources on non-issues like Maria Ressa’s pet “press freedom” tantrum.

The mystery of the Yellowtard @MiaMagdalena’s sudden disappearance from Twitter… #PABoost casualty?

Back a few days, I noted the sudden mysterious disappearance of a noted Yellowtard Twitter user who goes by the handle @MiaMagdalena.

This Twitter user is a member of an active mob of Yellowtard Twitter accounts renowned for their ferocious attacks against the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and their gang-bullying of Twitter users that dare challenge their assertions.

Her last tweets just before the disappearance of her Twitter account were part of an attack on TV personality James Deakin.

Turns out the person behind this Twitter account is Mia Magdalena F. Longid, the Registrar of chi chi ultra-elite Brent International School in Baguio City.

To quote an important excerpt from the message of said Registrar to the student body and, presumably, its extended community of parents and faculty members…

We strive to be a living International School Community, where young people from different nationalities, religions, and family backgrounds, educate one another by mutual understanding and respect, openness of mind in dialogue, acceptance of the uniqueness and limitations of each, and with growth in the spirit of service and in the practice of justice and charity.

I don’t know about you, but I’m all choked up reading this.