Crowdsourcing Raissa Robles’s shoplifting allegations

Recently we exhibited the most current case study of the banal bias that top-dog Filipino media network ABS-CBN consistently applies in its “news reporting” when it featured as its top headline a blog post by “investigative journalist” Raissa Robles on the alleged vast United States property portfolio held by Chief Justice Renato Corona.

According to Robles, the information that went into this “report” was obtained “through ‘crowdsourcing’ in her blog”. By this, she means that she was given “leads” by a mob of readers and commentators who follow and participate in the “discussion” on the comment threads of her blog — a self-styled “Plaza Miranda” of Filipino “netizens”.

For those who are not familiar with the buzzword, “crowdsourcing” is turn-of-the-century consultingspeak for the process of obtaining the sort of information Pontius Pilate worked with when he had Jesus Christ crucified. In short, it is not a new concept. Like the good consultants that concocted the Y2K scam that built the tech carpetbagging empires of the late 1990’s, Robles merely applied a glossy coat of tech-speak over a medieval approach to inquiry. She follows the tradition of other famous atrocities that justified themselves on groundwork laid by “crowdsourcing” — the Inquisition, the Salem Witch Trials, and the Holocaust to name a few.

But then

Crowdsourcing is a distributed problem-solving and production process that involves outsourcing tasks to a network of people, also known as the crowd. This process can occur both online and offline. The difference between crowdsourcing and ordinary outsourcing is that a task or problem is outsourced to an undefined public rather than a specific other body.

Mmmbut of course it is, Moneypenny.

To be fair, perhaps we live in a society where the mantra “if we can’t beat ’em, join ’em” has proven to be an excellent survival strategy. Indeed, Philippine politics and governance is built upon that elegantly simple philosophy. So let’s apply a bit of Robles’s investigative expertise to our own mini-Inquisition on the perceived “fairness” and “objectivity” of some Philippine media honchos, shall we?

Since Robles is in the habit of using only one “crowd” as her “source”, perhaps we should also lazily confine our journey to a single crowd as well — the netizens of pioneering discussion forum PinoyExchange.com (PEx). In the thread titled “On Karen Davila, Raissa Robles, ABS-CBN, Inquirer and other members of Yellow media”, the crowd has spoken. Tele-journalist Karen Davila is perceived to be “neutral” though one commentor called her “an airhead” who only speaks English with the right accent and tends to disproportionately agree a lot with “Senator” Antonio Trillanes. Former vice president Noli de Castro is also perceived to be neutral (perhaps a tad critical of the present administration of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquuno III), though some call him Noli “Kabayad”.

One commentor came to Davila’s defense (responding to the “airhead” dismissal) but also provided a counterbalance to his/her said defense…

She’s probably a good person, and is one of the most well known news readers sa Pilipinas, pero di ko talaga gusto style nya [“though I really don’t like her style”].

Parang medyo mababaw ang pinag huhugutan, at medyo forced ang style nya na gawing [“A bit shallow and rather forced in a way that makes…”] more important and historic and earth shattering yung news than it actually is.

But it seems that there is consensus that Conrado de Quiros, Ted Failon, Rene Saguisag, Willie Esposo, and of course Raissa Robles are biased in favour — perhaps even under the payroll — of the ruling Aquino-Cojuangco feudal clan. Some words used to describe them include “ultimate Aquino Apologist”, “real yellow media zombies”, “Noytard”, etc. The “crowd” there was also quite convinced that “social news network” Rappler.com is as Yellow a media operation as yellow gets. Reacting to the way Davila retweeted Robles’s tweet, “Pls. compare Villaruz’ testimony with my piece interviewing Dumayas. He signed actual tax declaration 4 Corona condo http://bit.ly/wdV8MR”, a PEx member there observed:

umepal na naman sa Twitter ang Yellow zombies na sina Karen Davila at Raissa Robles. here’s a Tweet of Yellow Zombie Raissa that was retweeted by fellow Yellow Zombie Karen … [above quote of tweet followed]

Translation of Tagalog parts: “Yellow zombies Karen Davila and Raissa Robles are grandstanding on Twitter again…”

…which was followed by a query on whether both (or maybe just Robles) wrote for Rappler.com — it seems, a natural assumption considering that Rappler.com is seen to be “so yellow [too]”. As another observed while, at the same time, indicting veteran tele-journalist Cheche Lazaro as another one of them “yellows”: “Cheche Lazaro is, if i’m not mistaken, one of the founders of Rappler. we all know what Rappler’s real color is.” It seems that many in the “crowd” mistakenly consider Robles to be a Rappler.com conscript as one observed that “naglalabas ng lagim ngayon ang rappler.com since nawasak ang prosecution” (“The gloves are off at Rappler.com now that the Prosecution case had been demolished”) in reaction to the posts “hindi pa rin nagbago itong si Raissa Robles” (“Raissa Robles still hasn’t changed”) and “ginagawa lang ni Raissa ang trabaho na ipinatrabaho sa kanya” (“Raissa is just doing the job she was commissioned to do”).

Some of the dynamics between supposed “Twitter friends” Davila and Robles raised eyebrows

Just in DZMM.

Reporting about the alleged properties.

Vic Lima: Who’s Raissa Robles??? Blogger ba yan?

Karen Davilla: (quiet, no answer)

I find it odd that they “seem” to be “acting” that they don’t know her all of a sudden. Aren’t Karen and Raissa twitter friends? I find it hard to believe that for once Karen has no comment nor a backgrounder on said person.

It seems the “crowd” had noticed the way Davila suddenly distanced herself from Robles after her status as a blogger (given undue profile by Davila’s employer) came to light.

And this

Anthony Taberna just now stated on air that Raissa Robles is a contributing reporter for ABS-CB[N].

Um. Didn’t Vic Lima and Karen Davila [get] a memo/notice about their co-worker?

Quite peculiar indeed.

The plot thickens as another member of the “crowd” noted just yesterday, the 27th March that “Karen just confirmed that she does not know Raissa ‘personally’ and that her work is ‘balanced journalism’. Let’s hold on to this.”

Most intriguing of all was a post as of 3:22 am (Philippine time) today, the 28th of March…

gash! is it also true that Raissa Robles is a KLEPTOMANIAC?!

She was caught in a posh botique shop somewhere in greenhills (one of my amiga personally know the owner of the shop and we have shops in greenhills din no, so ang news madaling kumalat yan! hahaha!) and her husband only arranged to the owner of the shop not to file charges as an exchange she will undergo a psychiatric evaluation!

As of this time, that piece of information remains unverified. But then, hey, if über network ABS-CBN News is in the business of publishing “unverified” reports delivered to them from “investigative journalist” wannabes, then I suppose there’s no harm in highlighting a few choice gems from the PEx “crowd”, right? What was the term again? Oh yeah, crowdsourcing.

Well there it is. To give credit to myself, I used a “crowd” for my sources that is not directly affiliated with moi. Can’t say the same for some “investigative journalists”.

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R3D
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great article 🙂

jccassimiro
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LOL.. ang husay.. hindi boring…

Yayet
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Hahaha love it! Crowdsourcing versus crowdsourcing. Nice one!

adolfo mortera
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Ok then, let’s “crowdsource” Raissa Klepto, oops, Raissa Robles. Play her game. Tits for Tits, oops, Tit for Tat.

Great article, amigo. Keep it up!

Arche
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Tee-hee. Very clever article. Let’s beat her in her own game. ^^

alden
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can say crowdsourcing journalism????

jay
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very interesting. that puts these non-journalists in their place – at the bottom of the pile.

robles seems unbalanced not just in her writing but now clearly in her head. shoplifting and lying are cries of anger. very revealing.
no wonder her husband alan lives in brussels, with his ‘friend’, according to sources.

and shame on karen davila – but she sold out a long time ago. – follow the money.

they are too unethical to even feel shame about how they poison young uneducated minds with their partisan reporting.

Ronaldo Patrocinio
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This article deserves an award for being awesome! Hahahha XD

iAn
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crowd sourcing?..kaya pala

nelson ongpauco
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may ibedensia ba kayo sa nangyari sa greenhill baka naman naiinggit lang kayo .dahil madalas na siyang na babalita sa gmanews

Ronaldo Patrocinio
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Hindi porke naibabalita sya eh reliable source/resource person na si Raissa. Take Madam Auring for example 😉

And no, it’s not out of jealousy but journalistic responsibility. I’m glad someone like Benigno/GetRealPhilippines have the guts to write something that goes against the common (albeit mediocre) mentality of the masses.

Domingo Arong
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BenignO Kleptomania is defined as “an obsessive impulse to steal regardless of economic need.” So, I don’t think Robles falls under the “economic” aspect of that mania, but she might very well qualify instead as a shoplifter or even a pickpocket, the professional kind you regularly meet “sourcing” among the sidewalk crowd. There’s also this “admitted rumor” that Robles was seen walking with a limp sometime a few weeks back which may have a direct connection with this other event–or may be spun to have. Thus, the “unverified” part of this Robles-seen-limping tale that any weaver of takes should pursue… Read more »
Yayet
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this is in response to what she is also doing… crowdsourcing… naniwala sya sa mga sinabi ng kanyang mga supporters “kuno” so why not believe in this too? An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Sabi nga nila kung ano ang itinanim mo sya ring aanihin mo. Mararamdaman din nya kung ano ang pakiramdam ng ginagawa nyang paninira sa kapwa nya. Wala sanang masama kung may patunay sya kaso crowdsourcing lang e, parang “mob”.

jay
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let raissa robles come clean about her statement of working for the times of london and the BBC. (they have standards she would never understand, or remotely achieve) – the truth – she never did, but she carefully says “pieces for”!. what is that – a street interview.
clearly likes to embellish/distort the facts!
failed journalist seeking attention and wants/needs money for old age. a presstitute.

Yayet
Guest
what is alarming about this “blogger” is the fact that she doesn’t know when to stop. I stopped visiting her site because as I read comments, they are up to something that I really cannot comprehend until this time. One thing that I can conclude though is that they are harassing Charina by going into every small detail of her life. Can they not spare the poor Charina with this? If they hated the CJ, then at least they give the children the benefit of the doubt. Unlike rich children who choose to stay in the country, put up their… Read more »
Hanz
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yayet totoo bang you stopped visiting the blog of Raissa? ang kapal mo at napakasinungaling mo lol bagay ka kay thief justice corona LOL pareho kayo sinungaling! Yayet says: March 29, 2012 at 8:48 am As they say, this is sui generis, quasi judicial, quasi political. So whether we agree or not, this is in reality a numbers game. They are predicting that it is easier to get 7 votes for acquittal than it is to get 16 votes for conviction. 7senators are obviously pro-pnoy, and obviously again, these are the LP senators. The porksecutors need 9 additional votes on their… Read more »
Manna
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Oh, kailangan pa bang imemorize yan? Kabisado a. Obssessed much? Defensive much ata ang mga desperate followers ng Plaza miranda. Yayet hinay hinay ka lang kasi, baka ipa impeach ka nila sige ka. Hwag na patulan yan. Wala namang alam gawin mga yan kundi purihin mga sarili nila sa mga pag-iimbestiga nila “daw” sa mga issues tungkol kay corona. Investigative ba ginagawa nila o in layman’s language CHISMIS lang. MABUHAY ang mga CHISMOSO at CHISMOSA.

Amir Al Bahr
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At the end of the day, benign0 can simply say:

“No, I’m not saying that Raissa Robles tried to rob a shop in Greenhills. Heavens, no.”

Crowdsourcing, as she is bound to realize, ultimately yields quantity of data with very little quality (substance). And Filipinos are suckers for this.

Ronaldo Patrocinio
Guest

Thanks for encapsulating and simplifying this article’s only point – ang mahirap sa iba, sobrang focused sa minor points that they forget the bigger/real picture :p

ma.cristina s.de jesus
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ma.cristina s.de jesus

nag-improve na nga konti miss karen davila,dati kung magtanong yan sa mga guest nya walang sustansya,but regardless of that improvement,I still think they art in cahoot with this admin.to destroy the CORONAS.a very big SHAME ON YOU yellowtards!

anonymous
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what’s wrong with the crowdsourcing idea? I don’t know why you would want to hit ms. raissa robles and her blog post. She simply asked other people to fill in information about the truth on links to CJ or relatives having property abroad? What’s wrong with that? She never accused CJ of having property there outright. It’s the other Corona-tards who are insinuating that. If you want to do crowdsourcing, you might want to do that too. Just my two cents.

anonymous
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get real.

martin
Guest

because of forums like this, madaling ma-debunk kung hindi totoo. Like yung sinabi sa blog post na ito shoplifting daw si Robles, madali lagyan ng “ebidensya” na nagpapatunay, madali rin ilagay na ganun sa title post, pero pag hinanap mo hindi naman pala. Madali din i-verify kung totoo o hindi, salamat sa internet. Sa kaso ni Robles, napaamin pa nya si CJ na totoo may property anak nya sa States, salamat sa nailabas na ebidensya ng readers nya. So verified nga totoo. Kung hindi pala totoo, lalabas din yun…

Ilda
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madali lagyan ng “ebidensya” na nagpapatunay, madali rin ilagay na ganun sa title post, pero pag hinanap mo hindi naman pala.

Aha! Now you know what Raissa is doing to Corona. 😉

Yayet
Guest

hahaha Ilda, they are being caught through their own mouths! So filthy pathetic…

anonymous
Guest

so nag-shoplifting ba si Raissa? Your crowdsourcing miserably failed. Unlike ung evidence ni Raissa, napaamin nya si CJ.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

@anon:

Source for the record or you’re just telling hearsay, idiot.

ahehe
Guest

oi, anon.

http://raissarobles.com/2012/03/24/does-renato-c-corona-have-a-clone-living-in-the-us/

Renato C. Corona is reflected as ‘has lived in’ 1401 Bayshore Blvd. Tampa, Florida, 33606-3001.

perfectlyhuge
Guest

why shoot the messenger? instead of a shoplifting allegation, why not try to refute her article? siguro dahil hindi na maikakaila ni cj. huwag ibahin ang usapan!

Arche
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I believe you are missing the point, my friend. This article merely demonstrates the dangers and lack of credibility of “crowdsourcing.” It has the potential to be informative, yes, but it’s a very questionable source to use when you’re a journalist who publishes news. If we only argue within the context of “crowdsourcing,” the assertions of this article are factual. But of course it is only rational to question this article’s findings. Which means it is also rational to question Robles’ findings, which are firmly based on “crowdsourcing.” Simply put, the message to be attacked in this article is Robles’… Read more »
ahehe
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@perfectlyhuge

‘… refute her article’

guess what, they already did. Kindly read the other GRP articles

‘…shoplifting allegations’

it’s called a dose of her own n0ytard medicine.

‘huwag ibahin ang usapan’

gawain ng mga yellowtards yan

perfectlyhuge
Guest

so, what Raissa wrote about the property was wrong?

Daido Katsumi
Guest

It can be based on hearsay.

Old news: PNoy and his supporters always use ‘tsismis’ to back up their claims.

perfectlyhuge
Guest

guess again, they admitted that the US property is real after denying it. so it was true after all.

Kaja
Guest
Some writers do get the facts, but they can always manipulate the story and give half truths. Raissa Robles exposed about the US properties, but CJ said it wasn’t his. It is owned by his daughter. It may be true or not, but a real journalist gets all the angles and SHOULD, by ethics, give both sides. She’s just a pseudo journalist. I wrote a comment on her blog and she only posted my comments which can be attacked by her “Raitards”. Anyhow, I was successful to let her post this site in her blog telling the people to read… Read more »
alconce
Guest

Raisa Robles is not the messenger. She is one of the mischievous “IMPLEMENTERs” of this child king who hides in comfort behind TV monitors doing things that are not part of his job description.

jay
Guest

well, a couple of phone calls and it is clear that the mainstream journalists want nothing to do with raissa robles, hence they have not picked up on/developed her story – other than the obvious abs-cbn-inquirer.
the general concensus is that she can call herself a blogger but never a journalist. they see that as an insult to the few independent professionals left. as such she is regarded as an irrelevance.
that sounds about right.

metops
Guest

Hwek hwek. On her blog she says she majored in “imaginative writing.” So, her first love is fiction, second is gossip. She puts those two together under the guise of “investigative” journalism. Hwekenanginah.

metops
Guest

Posted a comment on her blog to ask for her reaction, comment wasn’t allowed. I guess I’m not allowed “free speech” the way she exercises “free speech” against the CJ?

Yayet
Guest

Oh, hindi ka nag-iisa kabayan. I also posted exerpts of this article, and it was never released. She is the moderator so of course, she will be biased in her own site. What do we expect?

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