People shrieking about ‘fake news’ are starting to sound like The Boy Who Cried Wolf

People who keep shrieking about “fake news” are overdoing it. They are now starting to come across like The Boy Who Cried Wolf. The tale of The Boy Who Cries Wolf concerns a shepherd boy who repeatedly tricks nearby villagers into thinking wolves are attacking his flock. When a wolf actually does appear and the […]

Mocha Uson’s critics overestimate their capacity to influence the ‘masa’

Are you one of those people who are reeling with anger over singer/dancer and social media blogger Mocha Uson’s appointment as assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO)? Do you feel so outraged that you have resorted to slut-shaming Uson? If you are, then you are a loser. Those of you who think […]

The hypocrisy of condemning Mocha Uson’s appointment to the Duterte government

Mocha Uson elicits a consistently predictable reaction from President Rodrigo Duterte’s critics: disdain. No surprise then that her appointment as part of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has kept the social media class busy for a while now. The main criticism from the “decent” crowd – private citizens and members of mainstream media included […]

Mocha Uson fit for Duterte’s social media messaging but more needed to engage critics productively

Building a credible media machine to counter the anti-government bias of traditional media led by big corporate networks is not a simple matter of fielding “die-hard” loyalists on social media. It involves building a consistent media brand that, in the long run is perceived to be apolitical or, at the very least, non-partisan. It is […]

Isang Mensahe Para Kay Mocha Uson, Ang Bagong Myembro Ng MTRCB

Binibining Uson, Congratulations sa iyo, Ms. Uson! Isa ka na ngayong myembro ng MTRCB at mamamahala ng mga palabas dito sa ating bansa. Pag-pasensyahan mo na sana ang pagta-Tagalog ko dahil lumaki ako sa puder ng lolo kong Amerikano kaya hindi talaga ako sanay mag-type sa Tagalog. Bueno, pipilitin kong gawing maiksi at deretso ang […]

MTRCB Member Mocha Uson: How and Why

So earlier today, Mocha Uson was appointed to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) as a board member. Reactions are mixed; jubilant among Mocha’s followers and full of shock and anger among her critics, especially the young Tweeting millennials. I’m not shocked at all for my part. I’ve been saying this to […]

Before Mocha Uson, there was Kris Aquino. Oh, and Jim Paredes

The way all these crybabies are now blubbering about the rise of Mocha Uson to the top of the Philippines’ thought leadership hierarchy, you’d think celebrity endorsers had never existed before. Truth is, using glitz, glamour, and shock as a means to influence public sentiment is as old as prostitution itself. The Philippines’ now-ended 30-year […]

What happens to Filipinos when they can no longer “make sumbong”?

There is something to be said about Filipinos and their ability to engage opponents fairly. In a fair engagement, you recognize the situation and the position you’re currently in, and assess them. You discuss possible options. You recall your strengths and weaknesses, and how to use the former for leverage, and how to best minimize […]