Sunday, April 30, 2017

WATCH: Chito Gascon nag sinungaling at siniraan ang Pilipinas sa Geneva Summit

On repression in the Philippines:

"The Philippine case is a case of how quickly… institutions such as rule of law, human rights, separation of powers, can be… undermined if we do not continue to draw the line."

"It is barely 7 months since (Rodrigo Duterte) assumed office… He undertook a relentless strong arm campaign against crime and drugs. It has resulted in close to 7,000 deaths. Two thirds were committed by unknown perpetrators and one third have been killed in the hands of law enforcement. They claim in every single cas it was a self defense case. This program is continuing to this day. There is not let up in this anti-drug, anti-crime campaign. It represents an unprecedented number of killings not since the authoritarian regime - 1,000 people killed each month!"

"If this program continues, we are greatly afraid that violence will spread, and now only criminals will be attacked, but those in opposition to Duterte's policy. Over the weekend, the staunchest opponent of this policy, Senator Leila de Lima, has been charged by the Department of Justice for alleged involvement in drugs. But the evidence that has been presented is actually non-consequential; and we view this to be essentially a political harassment…"


The death of old-school ‘journalism’ proves that democracy is ALIVE in the Philippines

Roles have been reversed. Mainstream “journalists” are now the loud and noisy shills who cry bloody “persecution” and peddle unfounded conspiracies. It is hardly surprising that people nowadays now rely on alternative sources of information. Old school journalists are just too self-important to have decent discussions with.
How does the news media industry old guard respond to this shift in their readership’s behaviour? Not with any form of that decent discussion their readers demand nowadays. By throwing girly tantrums. Maria Ressa leads the charge to discredit the new competition by claiming that “Democracy as we know it is dead.”
“What you’re seeing is exponential growth of propaganda networks that hijack what used to be called democracy.”
The research Ressa and her team produced revealed coordinated social networks deployed to first boost support for Rodrigo Duterte in his 2016 presidential run.
Then, once he’d been elected, they turned their full force on the traditional media.
Ressa, a.k.a. God’s Gift to Filipino Journalism, is the founder of — a Web-only news media site that styles itself as a “social news network”. Since its founding, Ressa has promoted Rappler as the embodiment of the future of journalism and a platform for “uncompromised journalism that inspires smart conversations and ignites a thirst for change.”
Interesting then the way Ressa now responds to the actual change happening today as Filipinos fully embrace social media as a means to consume information and express their views. Rather than show a resolve to compete, Ressa has, instead, resorted to old-styled demagoguery and the use of cliché sloganeering. Whilst bloggers and social media publishers throw themselves into the playing field, Ressa pathetically waxes outrage over the chaos from her ivory tower. Indeed, the way Rappler is dealing with “citizen journalism” and social media chatter today is nothing like the “social news network” it fancies itself to be.
For their parts, the old industry stalwarts are not coming across as good company for wannabe hipster upstarts like Rappler. The Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) and ABS-CBN News find themselves increasingly embattled as their exposure to the ebbs and flows of patronage politics in the Philippines compromises their ability to report news objectively
According to Manila Times columnist Bobi Tiglao, the Inquirer owners were Marcos cronies. Tiglao writes that the Rufino family who are now the biggest single owners of the Inquirer benefitted from favourable terms surrounding use of prime property extended to them by former First Lady Imelda Marcos.
Did the Rufinos’ control of the PDI, one of the two largest newspapers in the country which made them a force to be feared, help in keeping their crony deal secret? Such is the awesome power of the Press. 
And to think that PDI chair Marixi Rufino-Prieto at the newspaper’s 30th anniversary celebration said in her speech: “For 30 years, we mustered the courage to expose the ills of society, courage to be the voice of the powerless, courage to stand our ground, no matter how unpopular it is.”

It is unclear, and never reported by the PDI, how the Rufinos got to be the paper’s biggest owner, although this occurred during the fight for the paper’s shares between founder Eugenia Apostol and former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile in the early 1990s.
Giant ABS-CBN News also finds itself in a bind with the renewal of its license to operate broadcasting services at the mercy of politicians’ personal whims. Indeed, ABS-CBN itself has long recognised its precarious position as an entity whose survival depends on earning politicians’ favourable attention.
ABS-CBN’s 25-year franchise expires on March 30, 2020.
A member of the House legislative franchise committee, who declined to be named for lack of authority to speak for the panel, said ABS-CBN had sought the renewal six years before the expiration of its franchise because it didn’t want to risk having to go through the process under an unfriendly administration.
Democracy? Dead? Perhaps democracy — as people like Maria Ressa know it — is. But, really, democracy in its real sense isn’t. Politicians behave the way the system encourages them to behave. When media companies deal with “friendly” administrations, they return the favour by being mum about that friendliness. When the the administration is an “unfriendly” one, the shrill cries of bloody “persecution” erupt. The more important point — that a system where the “friendliness” of its bureaucrats matter to supposedly “objective” news reporters is, in fact, inherently flawed — is missed by a Mile Long (pun intended).

Democracy is not “dead”. It is thriving. Successive governments having had to battle critics and “fake news” is, itself, evidence that the Philippines is more democratic than most democracies. Big corporate media organisations like Rappler, the Inquirer, and ABS-CBN just need to learn to compete in the social media jungle. To do that, they will have to evolve from the lumbering dinosaurs with umbilical cords feeding off oligarchs that they are today, to the fast, nimble, and independent entities that today’s technology-enabled consumers of information demand.

Pres. Duterte leads the Opening Ceremony of the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

Napakahusay SPEECH NI PRES. DUTERTE, Pinalakpakan ng ASEAN LEADERS

Friday, April 28, 2017

Ateneo Business Professor Nanawagan to IMPEACH VP LENI ROBREDO

Yesterday, our very own VP (though her election is still questionable), Leni Robredo, posted a video message which was intended to be shown today in the Annual meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria.

She claimed of a “palit-ulo” scheme being done by the PNP and again mentioned the 7,000+ casualties in our government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign. The claims are both untrue and unverified.

She, being part of the government, should have asked the proper government agencies to verify her claims. The “palit-ulo” is an intelligence strategy to get information from small fish to catch the bigger fish in criminal activities.

On the otherhand, of the 7,000+ deaths recorded by the PNP, only 2,500+ were deaths during police operations and on the balance, only 1/3 are related to the drug trade and the 2/3 due to various and unknown reasons which include among others grudge, riding in tandem, altercations and other reasons other than drugs.

They’ve not mentioned that there were more than 1.1 Million surrenderers, including 80k pushers, and 48k arrests. The issue of illegal drugs is both an issue of law enforcement, as crimes have been committed due to drug use and trade, and rehabilitation. Both are being addressed by the current administration. I should know as I am privy to the information from the PNP and implementation of the drug rehabilitation program.

What she has done should be the last straw. The VP and the rest of the opposition LP have been trying to destabilize our country by false propaganda via international media. They know for a fact that they have lost credibility among majority of the Filipinos.

Their unverified allegations of human rights violations and so-called “ejk” which is non-existent has already taken its toll. We have lost a $434 Million (P20 Billion) grant from the Millennium Challeneg Corp which we could have been used for our anti-poverty programs; the European Union have threatened that we could lose at least 27 trade agreements because of alleged human rights issues (embedded in the trade agreements); and with her video message, without verification and challenge, could affect again our relationship with members of the UN. What she and her cohorts have been doing is tantamount to ECONOMIC SABOTAGE.

It’s time for the majority of the Filipinos to fight back and gain back our integrity from destabilizers.

Section 2 Article XI must be invoked against a pretentious VP in Leni Robredo. She should be impeached for continuously attempting to sabotage our economy constituting “betrayal of public trust”!

Impeach Leni Robredo!!!


Walang mangyayari ang kasong inihain ng dilawan sa ICC laban kay PRRD -SASS