#TwitterIsBlockedInTurkey: Turkish PM Erdogan mirrors PNoy style

Hours following an announcement by its prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has blocked its citizens’ access to Twitter last night. At his campaign rally in Bursa on the 20th of March, Erdoğan announced “We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the […]

President Noynoy Aquino’s extensive history of suppressing the Truth

My colleague Paul Farol, on the mark in his usual form, had earlier cited what is likely the most recent case of the underhanded manner with which the administration of Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III deals with revealing information circulating amongst its constituents. An article published by Francisco S. Tatad earlier this week […]

Top lesson Filipinos have learned after two years of PNoy: Never trust anyone who says ‘trust me’

There is a saying: “Never trust anyone who says ‘trust me’.” Recent events have proven this statement true. On the mere basis of his pedigree and family name, then presidential candidate Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III repeatedly assured the electorate that he could be trusted. And they did. The man is now President of the […]

PNoy support for libel in RA 10175 preceded by hijacking of Facebook campaign page in 2010

Not surprising indeed, that Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III would continue to uphold the newly-enacted Republic Act 10175 a.k.a. the Philippine Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 despite mounting public outrage. Aquino was reportedly quite specific about which aspect of the new law he believes should remain… “I do not agree that it [the […]

Malacañang continues to fail in ‘social media’ spin

According to a GMA Network news “report”, many of the almost 14,000 members on the Facebook group “We Support Chief Justice Corona and the Rule of Law” were “added” to the site against their will or without their knowledge. This, the news report seems to be aiming to imply, is reason to conclude that there […]

The degeneration of Internet activism in the Philippines under the Aquino government

It’s time we recall with some bemusement the words of “columnist” Jose Ma. Montelibano in a 28th October 2011 article on the Inquirer.net… That is why Noynoy Aquino is now president. What he is simply by character, a son of two heroes who were not stained by corruption or swallowed by power, and himself eager […]