Rappler seen to be mounting a vicious ‘demolition job’ against Senator Bongbong Marcos!

What is “social news network” Rappler up to? Out of nowhere it seems to have suddenly mounted what some observers have described as a “demolition campaign” against Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr who, interestingly enough, happens to be heading the Senate committee reviewing the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The BBL is a project long worked on in partnership with the terrorist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) by the administration of Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III. The project was fatally set back after 44 officers of the Philippine Police’s Special Action Force (SAF) were savagely butchered by elements of the MILF in a firefight in Mindanao last month.

God's gift to Philippine journalism:Rappler CEO Maria Ressa
God’s gift to Philippine journalism:
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa
The timing seems bizarre as it is suspect. Marcos has yet (if ever) to announce plans to run for President in 2016. So unless the editors of Rappler know something Marcos doesn’t, there seems to be no strong enough motive to get started on the traditional orgy of mudslinging that characterises the national “debate” in the lead up to Philippine elections. That pretty much leaves the BBL angle in this drama.

It is worth noting that Marcos is the least of President BS Aquino’s problems. The senator has emerged as one of the more level-headed voices in the din of of outrage chatter surrounding this tragedy. Inquirer columnist Niel Cruz wrote in a 23rd February piece

Unlike other senators who had knee-jerk reactions when this news broke out, Bongbong stood his ground, remained very consistent in his pronouncements and was very clear about his role as a senator—that he was sharing his voice for the sake of reason, not for political grandstanding.

In the Senate hearing, Bongbong asked some of the most relevant questions. He wanted to know what P-Noy did from the time he was informed of the clash early in the morning of Jan. 25 until about 4 p.m. when the fighting stopped. Bongbong also wanted to know who informed the President about what was happening, and if there was anybody who persuaded him not to do anything that would compromise the ceasefire agreement.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, presents a contrast to this cool demeanour. Cayetano was described as aggressive and relentless in his grilling of MILF spokesperson Mohagher Iqbal over its flaccid efforts to contribute towards fleshing out the truth over what happened in Mamasapano, site of the massacre of the 44 SAF troopers. Cayetano was equally merciless in the cross-examination of the heads of the peace panel, Teresita Quintos-Deles and Miriam Coronel-Ferrer who are both increasingly seen to be negotiating in favour of the MILF rather than on behalf of the Filipino people. Some observers are even convinced that both may be suffering from some form of Stockholm Syndrome owing to the years they have been schmoozing with various MILF chieftains.

Not surprisingly, Rappler’s hipster “journalists” are also critical of what they describe as the “shameless” and “disrespectful” stance Cayetano took in the Senate inquiry sessions organised to look into the massacre. Note, however, that in describing Cayetano’s approach, they used a clever style of lazy journalism that involves quoting chatter on Twitter and passing this off as a “news” report.

Rappler has a long history of sub-standard and borderline criminal journalism practices that bring shame to the profession. Back in 2012 at the height of national hysteria over the impeachment trial of then Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, Rappler was instrumental in the wide dissemination of illegally-collected “evidence” presented by the prosecution team. Most of this evidence was eventually deemed inaccurate and downright fraudulent. Most notable amongst the illicitly-obtained information used to influence public opinion were bank details — including accounts and balances — that were published with impunity by kiddie reporters Carmela Fonbuena and Magtanggol de la Cruz.

For her part, Rappler chief Maria Ressa, despite being a self-described “thought leader” when it comes to all things pertaining to journalistic integrity remains consistently unapologetic about her students’ appalling behaviour. Rappler has so far not suffered any consequences for these blatant indiscretions despite being called out by voices coming from all sides of the political landscape — administration- and Opposition-sided alike.

On a broader scale, journalism in the Philippines, despite being celebrated as one of the “freeest” in the world, is no paragon of ethical ascendancy. Back in 2010, irresponsible reporting and behaviour amongst Filipino media personnel covering the hostage drama sparked by rogue policeman Rolando Mendoza contributed to the descent to chaos of the negotiation effort and the eventual massacre of nine Hong Kong tourists.

Media’s role in that 2010 massacre was, indeed, fatal. Radio Mindanao Network anchor Jake Maderazo’s description of the job of a “reporter” as “an end in itself” illustrates the deadly attitude of Filipino journalists. Apparently this “job” comes first in any situation, even situations that endanger human lives. Pressed by Filipino-Chinese community representative Teresita Ang-See with the rhetorical statement “No profession should ever be more important than (saving) human lives and more important than showing what was happening inside (the bus)” to highlight the fatal role the Media played in the botched handling of the Mendoza hostage crisis, Maderazo only had this to say…

“That’s true, but it’s not our fault. We just did our job to report,” […]

How long will Filipinos continue to tolerate the way their own media, led by “social news network” Rappler, routinely insult their intelligence and cause the unwarranted hysteria that is at the root of their entire society’s ironic ignorance in an age of readily-accessible information available at their fingertips? With elections just around the corner, expect more. More shameless impunity coming from the very folk Filipinos have foolishly delegated their already meagre collective intelligence to.

[Photo courtesy Singapore Writers’ Festival.]


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Being the CEO of Rappler makes and craves millions of pesos every month for Maria Ressa.

It’s no wonder nor a surprise that CNN kicked Maria Ressa out of their backyard in the first place.

Dale Gozar

Our Media has a social responsibility to make Philippines/World a better place by seeking TRUTH / JUSTICE, promoting/influence an intellect society and leave a positive impact on our people. And not just pursue profit from politicians or news maker at the expense of making our people dumb or brainwashed.

Sick Amore
Rappler is dedicated to creating sensational rubbish because their main concern is to stabilize their profit and status. They must make sure to protect the hands that feed them thus their intrinsic worth is to do disservice to the Filipino people. And the Aquino administration makes matters worst. All at once they renege on the implementation of the Tripoli Agreement and the 1996 Peace Agreement by having an agreement with yet again another Muslim group whose solid plan is base on BBL but this BBL in a way is like a treachery to the previous peace agreement (if the government… Read more »
Sick Amore

Dear Rappler, if you’re going to expose someone else’s dirty laundry, well guess what, everybody in the government has it! And you know who the worst is, right? You know it’s the incompetent one!


maria ressa and the other biased “journalists” of this country are the modern day william randolf hearst.

Beawolf Agatte

Ang Bayarang si Mareang Raspa. Well understood naman na Die-hard na Dilawan yan at galit sa mga Marcos kasi na exile sila nung panahon ni Apo Lakay pati na yung si Carmen Pedrosa.

Actually yang ganyang mga Presstitutes ay dapat ibigay sa mga ISIS para katayin at maibenta ang laman loob para at least may pakinabang.


While Bongbong Marcos has been leading the senate investigation on the Mamasapano tragedy, people behind the Aquino resign movement led by Marcos and Arroyo supporters Bishop Arguelles and Kit Tatad are busy planning their two pronged assault against the president.

It is possible Rappler has joined the fray to ferret out information if Bongbong Marcos and Arroyo are funding this movement.


Rappler is just another Abante online in English. I stopped visiting the site a year ago when their articles are becoming more Yellow friendly. The neutrality and basic journalism is dead on their so-called news website.


bad write-up. I felt like you approached too many topics with the goal of connecting them with one urgent theme but it failed and just looked messily ambitious. Connect the dots next time.


Sad part in all of this? The typical Filipino doesn’t realize their free will is being controlled.

Honestly, when I watch the speeches or the media, I just play this on. It fits too well.

347Hyden Toro

Maybe the way Sen. Marcos ,was asking Aquino’s whereabouts during the SAF massacre. He stepped into very sensitive toes.

Maria Ressa came from ABS-CBN, the propaganda network of Aquino. She set up a propaganda Blogsite (Rapler.com), to serve the interest of Aquino, and continue his political propaganda.


where is rapler came from

Marco Favia
Every time God’s gift is misuse the result is always devastating,It happened many times in history, God’s gift brings good result, only if it is serves for the whole purpose. Positive propaganda (responsible mass media) should inspire, insight to people, never become a partisan. We’ve been left behind way back to the period similar to that of Bolshevik and French revolution, The nations including China have learned much from History except the Philippines.Money is above all things never mine the people, “PROPAGANDA for SALE” This is the brand of TV stations and Radio stations, no money no promotion…Thanks to SOCIAL… Read more »

benign0, kung sino ka man, ang galing ng pagkakasulat mo. Rappler should hire you. This is the first article I’ve read in this blog. All I can say is “impressive”. I suggest if you can, ask someone or a staff to write articles also in tagalog. Suggestion lang naman; to educate also the masses. Pag english sa mata ng masa, nakakatamad basahin. Ang ganda sana i-share ng insights nyo, pero masyadong malalim na ito para sa mangmang. Mas gugustihin nilang uminom o magtongits kesa basahin ito. Still,keep up the good work.

conrad barres concepcion
conrad barres concepcion

it’s all about profit. FYI people, si sheila coronel ay contributor ng investigative journalist at rappler ay kapatid ni miriam coronel ferrer na isa mga government negotiating panel at may mga negosyo ang karamihang board member ng rappler sa malaysia at indonesia kaya ang demolition job na ginagawa nila kay bongbong ay patungo sa 2016 at sariling interes ng kanilang mga pamilya,ganyan lang ka simple yan.

Derdlim Fianza
I bet RAPPLER’S MOTIVES on demolishing or ruining Marcos is because he’s either offered a HUGE SUM OF MONEY or a FUTURE HIGH POSITION by an ASPIRING CORRUPT POLITICIAN!!! I hope and pray MARCOS will still be supported by the Filipino people and win his candidacy in the coming elections. After all, his Dad FERDINAND MARCOS was still the best Philippine President and the smartest, Bong is in the bloodline… at least we see lots of accomplishments during his Dad’s term/ reign! Now… all succeding Presidents after him were all after 100% CORRUPTION PROJECTS/ BUSINESSES, all exclusively for their personal/… Read more »

This article is the perfect example of “the pot calling the kettle black.”

It’s funny how another article from this site called “5 things that will happen when Jejomar Binay becomes Philippine President” is the featured story beside this article.

“That will happen”?!? Unless the author has a crystal ball, then this is just pure speculation and irresponsible writing. Simply put, a “demolition job.”

Hey, your words, not mine.

(For the record, I am neither a fan of Mr. Marcos nor Mr. Binay.)


I am not sure why this site’s webmaster is criticizing Rappler for going after Bongbong. Trapo din naman si Marcos, Jr.

The man and his kin keep insisting on how much better life was when his father ruled the country, never mind how his family’s rule continues to be felt in the present like a malaise that just cannot be killed off.

Di ako makakatiwala sa mga Marcos o Romualdez. Maybe Bongbong is a different man from his father, but I just can’t vote for the guy if he does decide to run.


I’m a bit confused. Its obvious to say that rappler is against Marcos. Whatever act of defense Marcos and his supporters will do, will be simply thrown to the trash bin. You know, haters gonna hate. Or will it be better be construed as a hater hates its fellow hater?

Socram dnanidreF

Why not? The Socrams….err, Marcoses are fair game — and anything to prevent the little rotten balimbong from the old tree from setting foot in the Palace. But Filipinos have this tragic propensity to self-implode by electing the most corruptible of men (and women).