On Twitter a friend in the public relations circle pointed out an exchange between Trixie Cruz Angeles and Nic Gabunada which he found funny.
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If you didn’t know these people, you’d think it was just one popular Twitter user talking to another popular Twitter user accusing various news media outlets of putting out false stories.
Thing is both Trixie Cruz Angeles and Nic Gabunada are propagandists, and here they are crying foul over the spread of fake news.
Nic, having been widely recognized as the “head of Rodrigo Duterte’s social media in the 2016 presidential campaign” and Trixie whom I know from a communications project with a boutique PR firm are talking about false news as if they are complete strangers to this tactic.
Come on guys! Get a hold of yourselves. Para namang di niyo alam na there is such a thing as deception o na may nangyayaring panloloko ng kapwa.
Here’s the kicker, in NIck and Trixie’s Twitter convo only Ricky Velasco was named . I don’t know if you’d agree with me but it seems Nick and Trixie were imputing that the fake news he put out had the imprimatur of ABS-CBN.
Funny, but there doesn’t seem to a way for ABS-CBN to order or otherwise compel Ricky Velasco to knowingly publish a false news story.
Thing is, according to ABS-CBN’s statement regarding Velasco, the man was already retired from the TV Radio network since 2015.
ABS-CBN’ statement reads:
ABS-CBN News did not vet or approve the social media post made by former DZMM reporter Ricky Velasco.
Mr. Velasco retired from the network in 2015. His post showed a Philippine flag purportedly used as tablecloth during a meal for SEA Games athletes.
ABS-CBN News has social media guidelines and gatekeeping layers to prevent erroneous and misleading posts.
Mr. Velasco’s post did not go through any of these processes.
ABS-CBN News does not spread disinformation.
Even funnier, Trixie lets out a bit of lawyerly knowledge (does this mean her suspension from the IBP has already lapsed?
Anyhow, here’s Trixie hawking her two pesos worth of legal advice.
Trixie says: “Those who have been damaged by a malicious imputation of a crime, vice or defect can sue for libel. But the gov’t could try Art 154 of the revised penal code that penalizes false publications.”
Thing is, between Trixie and Nic, I’d think Nic would be liable for accusing ABS-CBN for publishing fake news.
But of course, I’m no lawyer.
Then again, Nic was the one whose pages were penalized by Facebook for “inauthentic behavior” or so says an article published by ABS-CBN News:
“A public relations expert, whose pages were taken down by Facebook for supposed “inauthentic coordinated behavior” called the social media giant’s move as “unfortunate” and surprising.
“Nic Gabunada, who has admitted to being behind the social media campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016, on Friday said it was “unfortunate” that Facebook associated his name with the 200 profiles and pages that were taken down due to misleading behavior and fake accounts.”
My only question is, WAS NIC AUTHENTICALLY SURPRISED? Baka peke din yung surprise niya.