Thinking Pinoy

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.

January 2, 2017

#NasaanSiLeni: Leni meets Fil-Am pregnancy doctor before Manila flight

In my recently published article “Globetrotting Leni humiliates self with New Year message”, I explained that the Vice-president Leni Robredo’s silence after Typhoon Nina decimated the Bicol region is mind-boggling.

January 1, 2017

Globetrotting Leni humiliates self with New Year message

Vice-president Leni Robredo will need one hell of an alibi.

December 31, 2016

#OustDuterte: Will Goldberg’s Plan Work?

A few days ago, the Manila Times reported that former US Ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg outlined a strategy to oust the democratically-elected President Rodrigo Duterte from Malacañang.

Will the 18-month ouster plan work?

December 26, 2016

#NinaPH: When Leni left us “like a thief in the night”

My friends and I have talked about Leni Robredo since the time she rose to national fame after the death in 2012 of her husband, the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo. For the next couple of years, she established a reputation for having a modest lifestyle. Do you still remember the time when she ditched the SONA Red Carpet and used the Batasan Pambansa backdoor entrance instead?

Yes, she's the simple and meek widow that is Leni Robredo. For years, I had a positive opinion of her. That is, until I started my blog ThinkingPinoy, until I started looking harder into what have transpired in the past several years.

December 25, 2016

A White Christmas: The Hypocrisy of Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo

Earlier this month, Robredo said she “will not allow the Vice Presidency to be stolen [Inq].”

I am not exactly sure how the Vice-presidency could be stolen from her. Surely, no one would be stupid enough to launch a risky and costly coup d’etat just to “steal” a position with no power in it. But if Leni is talking about a potential loss in the Bongbong Marcos electoral protest case, then how can it be called “stealing”?

Will a prospectively adverse Supreme Court decision on the case be tantamount to stealing? Who is Leni to decide when “stealing” happens? Does Leni want to usurp the power of the judiciary too?

But I digress.

December 23, 2016

#OustDuterte: Leila, Leni, Lourdes, Loida, LP, and Plan 0117

Let’s talk about what this new plan could be, a plan that I call “Plan Q1 2017”. In yesterday’s “#OustDuterte: Daddy D worries about a 1st Quarter Ouster Plot?”, I enumerated the five major players involved in this plot.

December 22, 2016

#OustDuterte: Daddy D worries about a 1st Quarter Ouster Plot?

My friend Mocha Uson was kind enough to make me her plus-one when she attended the Malacañang Christmas Party held yesterday, December 20th. She and the Mocha Girls were invited to perform in the event. I went there as Mocha’s friend and not as ThinkingPinoy, so I took off my TP hat and watched everything from the point of view of an innocent bystander.

Unencumbered by the need to write anything about the event, I was able to observe everything that went on.

December 20, 2016

PH Crime Rate drops significantly: PNP

"The Philippines is now safer from theft, carnapping, robbery, physical injury, and rape."