Yet another sloppy Rappler report launches needless brouhaha over frigate project

A Senate probe into a stalled project involving the acquisition of two brand-new Philippine Navy warships is being mounted seemingly on the back of sensationalised news of dubious quality. A report published by Rappler created a huge brouhaha after it alleged that Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go “intervened” in a multibillion-peso agreement […]

Here is why an International Criminal Court (ICC) case against Duterte will not progress…

Of late, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is the subject of a complaint filed before the ICC accusing him of “crimes against humanity” and Opposition has been exchanging mutual high-fives over news that the ICC has initiated “preliminary investigations” on the matter. Are the agents of the much-feared “International Criminal Court” (ICC) about to parachute into […]

Senate inquiry on “fake news” turns into pointless finger-pointing exercise

It’s not clear what Senator Grace Poe as the chairman for the Committee on Public Information and Mass Media wanted to achieve in conducting a hearing on fake news. The hearing did not have any clear objective. Poe just allowed the resource speakers to state their claim and then… nothing. She doesn’t even ask for […]

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 ‘Free Market of Ideas’ is not for mainstream media to control

Just like how “fake news” exists (supposedly) because many people couldn’t be bothered to check before “liking” or “sharing”, a branded witchhunt targetting “fake news” could gain steam because people couldn’t be bothered to check first before embracing the notion of “fake news”. Let me explain why I used the word “branded” to qualify the […]

Some members of mainstream media are the real enemies of the Filipino people

Who are the real enemies of the Filipino people? No, it’s not the Chinese nor Americans. In fact, we don’t need to look too far to see that the real enemies are Filipinos themselves – those who will do anything including betray their own countrymen just to achieve their own personal agendas.  They are rotten to […]

Does Maria Ressa want Facebook banned in the Philippines?

Embattled Rappler CEO Maria Ressa seems to think it should be. According to Ressa, content allowed by Facebook to be shared on its site “threatens the country’s democracy.” Ressa adds… “We’re seeing our democracy eroding in front of our eyes and Facebook is the platform where it’s happening.” Ressa’s concern lies in planned changes to […]

Lazy journalism: Is Filipino public sentiment really against Mocha Uson’s UST award?

So Mocha Uson plans to return her “Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service” and University of Santo Tomas (UST) Alumni Association president Henry Tenedero has resigned following unfavourable “Netizens’ reactions”. Both are responses to the “public backlash” resulting from the latter granting this award to the earlier. Presumably, the so-called negative “Netizens’ reactions” is representative […]