May 19, 2017

Ill-gotten wealth? Analyzing Rappler’s “Rodrigo Duterte's 386 P. Guevarra Property”


Duterte's Alleged San Juan Property (Courtesy: Rappler)

[UPDATED 19 May 2017] Rappler's 19 May 2017 article "How Duterte's wealth in 1st 6 months compares with Aquino's" is basically a one-thousand-word essay accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of amassing ill-gotten wealth while Rappler conveniently ignores publicly available facts.

In that article, Ressa's minion Michael Bueza, the same guy who murdered PNP's crime stats, said compared changes in Duterte's SALN to that of Aquino.

Aside from the really, really bad math, I cannot for the life of me understand why such an analysis is even relevant when Duterte himself said recently that the P3-million jump in his net worth is from amount ABS-CBN owes him after the latter did not air his campaign ads [GMA].

But what's most striking in the entire tinapa-wrapper of an article is the mention of a certain alleged Duterte-owned San Juan property, which Rappler has extensively, though amateurishly, discussed in the May 2016 article "Rodrigo Duterte's 386 P. Guevarra Property"

Let me quote that part of May 19 article:
Curiously, not declared in all of his SALNs was a property in 386 P. Guevara Street in San Juan City. Duterte reportedly bought the said townhouse for his son Sebastian in 2001, when the President was then Davao City congressman.
You see, I have already definitively debunked this theory last year, and let me show you what I wrote back then .

Geez, Rapplerettes never learn.

May 2, 2017

Gina Lopez awarded P9-B to USec Camara?

Earlier today, Manila Standard (MS) published “Lopez scored for charcoal making plan”. Let's fact-check it.

April 30, 2017

Gina Lopez gave P9-B to USec Camara? Let's check.


Earlier today, Manila Standard (MS) published “Lopez scored for charcoal making plan”. Let's fact-check it.

April 16, 2017

On 'Manufactured Noise', anti-Duterte media bias makes financial sense

A former PR operator who now likes to be called a veteran journalist, Miss Manufactured Noise (not her real name) went to a university and asked her barely adult audience whether they’ve heard about certain popular Facebook pages or not. After hearing less than half of them raised their hands, she then went on to conclude that all the buzz generated by these Facebook pages were just, as she calls it, “manufactured noise”.

As an owner of a Facebook Page with considerable following, I saw her observation as less of a critique of people like me and more of a psychological projection, if not a desperate cry for attention. Because Miss MN, who accuses us of "manufactured noise", admitted to having a long history of manufacturing noise herself.

April 14, 2017

Another Laviña and another Kidapawan Massacre if Usec Valdez stayed?

And this story has something to do with the termination of Peter Tiu Laviña. AWESOME!

April 13, 2017

Duterte vs the World: it's time to review our international PR strategy

Social media is arguably one of the biggest factors behind President Rodrigo Duterte’s surprise win in the May 2016 elections and his continuing popularity almost a year into his term. Despite the chronically slanted coverage of oligarch-owned mainstream news outfits, Duterte still enjoys sky-high ratings that exceeds even those of former President Aquino and his “Cory Magic”.

But Social Media is not enough.

April 8, 2017

Duterte's War on Narcopolitics and Rappler's Bad Math


When Duterte said Filipinos aren’t inherently good in math, I think he was referring to Rappler's employees.

March 30, 2017

Fitch Ratings and #MediaBias: ABS-CBN twists good news to make PH look bad

How newswriters spin good news about the country to make the country look bad.

March 26, 2017

People vs Robredo: Leni counter-attacks, cries "persecution"

Will Robredo's impeachment backfire on Duterte?

March 24, 2017

The Impeachment Numbers Game: Will Leni and Bolet enjoy South Africa?

It appears that Leni Robredo can look forward to several sleepless nights while on her South African escapade with Fafa Bolet next week.

March 16, 2017

Robredo's "Army of Truth" vs Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano?

Data Security and the Internet really isn't the Liberal Party's strongest suit.

February 17, 2017

#NasaanAngPangulo: Mamasapano, Mar Roxas's ambition, and a PR operator

A close friend and I hung out for dinner with former National Youth Commissioner and former MTRCB Board Member Michael “Mike” Acebedo Lopez last week. Unsurprisingly, what started out as a small talk quickly shifted to conversation on politics, a conversation that is as juicy as it gets.

February 2, 2017

SPO4 Pia Rañada's Rappler violated constitution to avoid bankruptcy?

Last week, butthurt college sorority blogger Chay Hofileña, with help from fellow college sorority bloggers Paige Tinola and ”SPO4” Pia Rañada-Robles, accused Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar of having political bloggers Sass Rogando Sasot and ThinkingPinoy (TP) on PCOO’s payroll [Rap], essentially showing that Malacañang is doing something similar to the Office of the Vice-president’s (OVP) direct manipulation of Robredo-aligned netizens [TP: #LeniLeaks].

The “investigative” piece was based solely on one anonymous insider source, and Rappler took no effort in getting the side of the accused prior to the article’s publication.

In response, I wrote a scathing rebuttal last week [TP: Hofileñas Delusions]. In that article, I showed how Hofileña’s piece qualifies as a college sorority blog post at best.

With that said, let me, ThinkingPinoy, show Hofileña how a real investigative piece looks like.

Now, what should I write about?

I was thinking of an appropriate topic then I remembered that Hofileña, in her college sorority blog post, conveniently assumed that Malacañang funds dominant Duterte-aligned social media personalities Sasot and TP then argued that it’s unethical.

So why don’t I talk about Rappler’s finances?

Let’s do that.

January 26, 2017

College sorority blog Rappler's Chay Holifena and her delusions

I have less than two hours to write this article. But it's just a rebuttal for a Rappler article, so two hours is all I need.

January 22, 2017

#LeniLeaks: Mainstream Media's deception and how it'll backfire

Two weeks ago, I published “Inside Leni Robredo's international propaganda machinery”. The article featured emails published in the Yahoo! Group Global Filipino Diaspora Council (GFDC), a civil society group led by billionaire lobbyist Loida Nicolas-Lewis, her sister and former Commission on Filipinos Overseas chief Imelda Nicolas, and a several other extremely influential members of the Overseas Filipino community.

January 11, 2017

#LeniLeaks is about Leni, “Our Lady of Naga”

Sass Rogando Sasot's first post about a leaked OVP email, followed by my article, “#OustDuterte: Inside Leni Robredo's international propaganda machinery”, is what launched the #LeniLeaks scandal. Since then, the #LeniLeaks scandal has gotten so big, it took on a life of its own.

Administration officials have issued various warnings to various oppositionists. Oppositionists have issued various denials and alibis. And as for netizens... Ugh, where do I even start?

I think that after five days of nonstop bickering, it's time to put things back into perspective. Why? Because almost everybody is talking about the wrong issue, almost everybody is attacking a strawman.

Let's get started.

January 7, 2017

#LeniLeaks : Sec. Raffy Alunan's challenge and Mainstream Media's reluctance


In yesterday's “#OustDuterte: Inside Leni Robredo's international propaganda maachinery”, Sass Rogando Sasot and I gave you a glimpse of how Vice-president Leni Robredo's well-oiled, well-funded, and hyper-influential PR machine works, thanks to billionaire Fil-Am lobbyist Loida Nicolas-Lewis and the Global Filipino Diaspora Council (GFDC), of which Nicolas-Lewis is part.

The #LeniLeaks issue quickly gained traction as it trended on the number one spot on Twitter yesterday.

January 6, 2017

Inside Leni Robredo's international propaganda machinery

Oh, Georgina! I pity you.

January 5, 2017

FACT CHECK: Mocha Uson received P300K from BBM?

Just when I thought I was done for the day with my newest article Mainstream Media's love affair with Leni Robredo, I was surprised to discover that various pages have been spreading an image that shows a cheque for Php 300,000, allegedly addressed to Mocha Uson and signed by no less than former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.

The photo has been shared by Liberal Party-aligned pages with Oras Na Roxas Na leading the pack.

My initial reaction was shock, not for the allegation that Mocha received bribes from BBM, but for the fact it’s hard to believe that Mocha Uson could be bought for so little.

Pero sige, patulan natin.

January 4, 2017

Mainstream Media's love affair with Leni Robredo

Vice-president Leni Robredo’s extremely conspicuous absence during and immediately after Typhoon Nina’s onslaught, along with mainstreams media’s treatment of the issue, has led me to a series of realizations that go way beyond the usual disgust for Leni’s hypocrisy.