“Wisdom of the crowds” and “power to the people” debunked: What’s next for democracy and social media?

You’d think the Senate probe on “fake news” would be an undertaking in aid of legislation. Thus the presumption underlying such a probe is that some sort of legislation will be proposed to address the “problem” of “fake news”. So what exactly is the “problem” with “fake news”? One thing that could be noted in […]

Maria Ressa continues to LIE about the “death” of “press freedom” in the Philippines

It’s been several weeks since the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a shutter order to “social news network” Rappler for violation of constitutional provisions banning foreign control of media businesses in the country. Over that period, RapplerCEO Maria Ressa has campaigned vigorously to spin this compliance violation into one around an imagined issue […]

The KEY to a truly intelligent political discourse that ordinary Filipinos can relate with

I came up with a new public relations (PR) concept for Malacanang. I call it the Flypaper Trick. To understand this trick, a brief explanation of how flypaper works is in order. Flypaper is a sheet of paper coated with a strong adhesive that attracts flies that happen to be buzzing around. A fly that […]

“Press freedom” was killed by Filipino LAZINESS and not by the Philippine government

The so-called “Black Friday Defend Press Freedom” rally organised to re-package Rappler‘s corporate compliance issue into a “press freedom” issue turned out to be a mere fart in the wind. The rally, held at a Quezon City roundabout commemorating boy scouts who died in a plane crash, did not attract enough participants to fill even […]

Duterte overthrown by a revolt led by Rappler CEO Maria Ressa: a scenario analysis

Though difficult to tell for sure, the Opposition led by the Liberal Party (the Yellowtards) gained some measure of success in spinning what was primarily a citation of lapses in corporate compliance on the part of “social news network” Rappler into an issue of “press freedom”. Led by its embattled CEO Maria Ressa, the Yellowtards […]

It is NOT TRUE that the Philippines’ new Tax Reform (TRAIN) bill is “anti-poor”

Every woman and her dog is saying that the recently-implemented Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law is “anti-poor”. They cite how increased taxes on commodities will be an “additional burden” on the poorest Filipinos with increased costs incurred in procuring input into businesses being passed on to customers and “trickling down” to the […]

A meeting of liberal minds: Oprah Winfrey for US President, Jover Laurio for “Filipino of the Year”

This is not to say US Queen of Talk Oprah Winfrey is anything like “Filipino of the Year” Jover Laurio. Oprah is a pillar of the planet’s mightiest showbiz industry (amongst its most powerful people, by some accounts) who worked her way to the top the hard way. Laurio, on the other hand, is an […]

Baffling logic: Maria Ressa blames Facebook for the Philippines’ political dysfunction

There is something disturbingly familiar about the way Maria Ressa, CEO of “social news network” Rappler, blames social media giant Facebook for her troubles and even that of the Philippines’. In a recent tweet, Ressa cites the news report, Mark Zuckerberg makes ‘fixing’ Facebook a personal goal for 2018 (which she republished on Rappler) and […]