According to Inquirer Lifestyle writer Jacqueline Arias, people are “not happy” with Isabelle Daza’s latest video in her series “Haters Gonna Hate” posted on Facebook.
In her article “Isabelle Daza’s Latest Video Features Sen. Bongbong Marcos, and People Aren’t Happy” published on the “Preen” section of the Inquirer, Arias asserts that Marcos is a generally-reviled person and, as a result, the video is “not getting a lot of love.” Furthermore, Arias claims, that most people take it as fact that “Marcos isn’t the most beloved senator in the bunch and he does get a lot of criticism for his previous actions,” which include things he had done such as “secretly burying his father in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani” and filing electoral fraud complaints against “vice president” Leni Robredo.
She then proceeds to prove just how much Marcos is hated using examples cherry-picked from Twitter. She highlights a user who points out how the quality of hate comments on the video are nothing compared to the ones in her own timeline.
Arias goes further to point out…
Others brought up how they’d rather have Marcos answer questions about Martial Law and their ill-gotten wealth. They also accused Isabelle of being an apologist, before and after the video was posted.
Does Arias’s “random” sample of Tweets prove that most Filipinos hate Bongbong Marcos?
To answer that question requires looking beyond Arias’s tweet sample set. For that matter, one needs to look beyond Twitter itself. Indeed, the question of who actually won the vice presidency in the 2016 presidential elections remains debatable. Allegations of electoral fraud persist and have not been fully-resolved. As such, the electoral fraud charges being pursued by Marcos against Robredo is gaining traction.
More importantly, Robredo is technically disqualified from holding office (or, for that matter, ever holding any other public office) as a result of her party’s violation of a COMELEC deadline on the submission of candidates’ Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCEs) at the conclusion of that election.
Robredo’s running mate Mar Roxas and the LP had, on the 8th of June deadline reportedly requested an extension citing “voluminous number of receipts that have to be scanned and attached” as their excuse. However, the COMELEC rules stipulate…
The 08 June 2016 deadline shall be final and non-extendible. Submissions beyond this period shall not be accepted. COMELEC Resolutions Nos. 9849 and 9873, Minute Resolutions Nos. 13-0775 and 13-0823 are hereby repealed, insofar as they allowed the belated submission, amendmentand/or correction of campaign finance disclosure statements and reports and the imposition of late penalties for the 2013 National and Local Elections.
Indeed, with this technical disqualification and the electoral fraud charges hanging over her head, Robredo’s claim to the vice presidency remains questionable at best.
Arias’s random sample of tweets therefore potentially grossly misrepresents the public sentiment on Bongbong Marcos as it is inconsistent with the 2016 election results which officially records Marcos’s very slim “loss” to Robredo. Most Filipinos, however, believe that Marcos — and even President Rodrigo Duterte himself — was cheated out of millions of votes and that the “official” results issued by the COMELEC are fraudulent. Questions remain unanswered about the role the COMELEC and its technology vendor Smartmatic played not only in facilitating this fraud but also, later, covering it up.
One wonders the motives behind the article written by Jacqueline Arias and how such skewed reporting passed the Inquirer Editor’s desk. Then again, this is just a “lifestyle” article right? It’s cannot be considered “real journalism”. Fair enough.
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