April 30, 2016

#BangkoSerye: Sonny Trillanes and his Hacker-Friend

Whether Duterte is guilty of acquiring ill-gotten wealth or not is not the issue of this article. ThinkingPinoy has already written several articles about that [TP:Duterte].

This article is also not about the prospective libel and/or perjury charges ensuing from the BPI data leak: TP has already written about that [TP: Libel vs Perjury].

Instead, this article will try to uncover who may be behind the blatant violation of the Bank Secrecy Law. After all, the confidentiality of bank deposits is an important issue for many of us [TP: BPI], so the public deserves to know all they can about the who may be behind this crime.

#BangkoSerye: Bakit Affidavit? Duterte and Trillanes, Libel and Perjury

In yesterday’s article, ThinkingPinoy theorized why Duterte insists on an affidavit from Trillanes and why Trillanes insists on not executing one. Hindi ba pwedeng mag waive na lang agad para tapos na? But then, on the flip side, executing an affidavit isn’t very difficult, so TP doesn’t understand why Trillanes won’t do it either.

In this article, I will expound on the affidavit issue and try to discover its potential significance. But first, let me quote a part of the previous article to give the readers a quick rundown of what’s TP has discussed so far:

April 29, 2016

The Duterte-Trillanes #BangkoSerye – Libel vs Perjury – Ep. 3, Apr. 29

With no affidavit, Duterte sue Trillanes for libel. With affidavit, Duterte can sue for perjury. What’s the difference?

EPAL MOVES: The Insipidly Melodramatic Mar Roxas Bank Secrecy Waiver

In an obvious attempt to capitalize on the Duterte-Trillanes Bangkoserye , Liberal Party presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II released a bank secrecy waiver today.

April 28, 2016

The Duterte-Trillanes #BangkoSerye – Waiver Game – Ep. 2, Apr. 28

Last night, Duterte spokesman Peter Tiu Laviña said, “We will consult the lawyer if we will ask (Bank of the Philippine Islands) to issue a statement because no less than the name of the bank has been dragged into this. They have to issue a statement whether this is correct or not. [PhilStar]"

At this point, Duterte still refuses to sign a specific waiver for the BPI and BDO bank accounts.

The Duterte-Trillanes #BangkoSerye – Trillanes Talks – Ep. 1, Apr. 27

Nakakalito na ba? Let's list down all the major events of the Duterte-Trillanes BangkoSerye.

April 27, 2016

[Php 211 M Issue] Mayor Duterte, please don’t make us vote for Miriam… or Señeres

Psst! Mayor, ’wag ka namang #Paasa. We need something better than "Pulitika lang 'yan!".

April 26, 2016

On the Rebuttal from Miriam Defensor-Santiago for President's Facebook Page

Earlier today, "Miriam Defensor-Santiago for President" (MP) issued a counter-statement regarding a ThinkingPinoy article entitled "Here’s Miriam Defensor-Santiago, only because you insist". The complete MP rebuttal may be found here.

In this article, please allow me to address their points one by one. For easier reading, quotes from the MP post are in green, while my replies are in regular black.

Let's go.

April 25, 2016

Roxas' Rise (Part 1 of 3): LP rises to power as Cojuangcos betray Mar

After a 6-year delay, Roxas believes that now is his time to become the President of the Republic. There’s a part of me that understands what he feels. After all, he’s already been sidetracked... twice.

April 24, 2016

Did the Liberal Party orchestrate the COMELEC Data Leak?

The government was quick to downplay the hacking of the Comelec database data leak. Comelec said the public has nothing to fear because Smartmatic’s PCOS machines work on an entirely different network. What they failed to comment on, however, is the data leak’s effects on everything else.

April 22, 2016

Oplan Lambat-Sibat: PNP admits "doctored" crime stats

Mar Roxas said Davao’s safety is a myth, or is his Oplan Lambat-Sibat the myth? Either Roxas is terrible at Math, or he thinks we are that stupid.
ThinkingPinoy first published this article in December 2015. It has been updated to reflect recent developments. If you're read the old article, please skip the first several sections and go straight to the "Update".
Before I elaborate, let’s hear both sides first.

April 21, 2016

Here’s Miriam Defensor-Santiago, only because you insist

Due to insistent public demand and allegations of bias, I decided it’s time to address the elephant in the room. This one time, let's talk about her.

April 20, 2016

AlDub to Roxas to Binay to Poe: The Child Rapist Romeo Jalosjos

My blood curdled the first time I saw that viral Duterte rape joke video. A rape joke is a bad joke. There’s no defending it, even if he said it in 1989 out of “utter anger” at the rapists [GMA]. The best thing Duterte could do is apologize and hope that Filipinos will forgive him.


April 18, 2016

2 Friends Discuss Duterte's Distasteful Rape Joke

TP: No matter how you put it, that rape joke was terrible. Tangina ‘tong ibang mga Duterte hyper-fanatics. Binobola lang ang mga sarili. Walang objectivity nakakahaggard. Kahit pano mo pagbali-baliktarin ang issue, a rape joke is a bad joke. Period.

April 14, 2016

Mr. Heydarian, it's "Oligarchy Fatigue"

A well-known political analyst calls for the preservation of democracy as Filipinos face the prospect of an autocratic post-Aquino government. But what, exactly, is the status quo? Because a democracy that’s just on paper is no better than a diploma from Recto U.

April 12, 2016

[FACT CHECK] Is the Businessworld-SWS Survey valid? Let's do the math

A reader asked, “Yung latest survey ng SWS hindi naman 100% voters yung sinurvey nila. 92% registered voters, 8% non-voters according to their report. Why SWS include non-voters in their survey?”

April 11, 2016

Anyare!? Making sense out of the April SWS Poll Results

A reader asks, “TP, why do you think SWS now seem to admit that Duterte is No.1 with their latest release of survey result? I mean, considering that in their previous results, Poe is always the frontrunner? Are they up to something?”

Let TP take a jab at it.

Duterte leads April SWS, Laylo, DZRH Surveys; Pulse Asia pending

Duterte now leads in 3 of 4 major surveys; may lead in all 4 pending Pulse Asia's April release.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo 'Rody' Duterte now leads in three out four major surveys after release of the latest SWS, Laylo, and DZRH survey results.

Pulse Asia, the remaining survey firm, has yet to release its latest findings.

April 10, 2016

TP to Stranger: Duterte does not inspire me

A stranger told me, "I wish I had your courage. I want to write the same things you do - about how, in society in general, our country in particular - has two types of people. A ruling elite who can change things but won't, and a working class who want things changed, but can't do so. Hmm....maybe that's why I can't write - because I feel I have everything to lose. They say 'give a man a mask, and they'll show you their true face.' That's why you started TP?"

April 9, 2016

2 Friends on Grace Poe's DQ MR, Carpio-Sereno B!tchfight

The Supreme Court, as expected, upheld the decision to reverse COMELEC’s cancellation of Grace Poe’s certificate of candidacy, allowing FPJ’s daughter to run for the highest seat on the land. However, also as expected, SC Associate Justice Antonio Carpio was again at odds with Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno. Also, as expected, Carpio wrote yet another scathing dissent, while Sereno wrote yet another confusing concurrence.

Their literary bitchfight is so fun to read. And that's what my friend JA and I talked about.

April 8, 2016

Antivirus Firm: COMELEC Voter Data Leak “Biggest in History”

Aside from casting doubts on the integrity of the 2016 Philippine Elections, a global security software manufacturer warns COMELEC data leak opens avenues for cybercrime, .

April 7, 2016

TP Investigates: The Intricate Grace Poe-Danding Cojuangco Connection

"Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are."

Despite Danding Cojuangco’s support, Grace Poe always reminds the public that she will never be beholden to Danding’s interests. With an image as clean as her mom’s Champion detergent, Poe’s supporters seemingly believe her. After all, her core platform is compassionate governance, right?

April 6, 2016

Fact Check on Roxas HK Rally: "Thousands attended " vs "Nilangaw"

Duterte supporters said Mar’s Hong kong gig was “nilangaw”. Mar said thousands attended. Compared to the Kidapawan Massacre, this catfight is a petty issue. But in the interest of truth, Thinking Pinoy investigates.

April 5, 2016

#BigasHindiBala: Is it the NPA Communists' Fault?

The blaming game started right after the Kidapawan Massacre. Farmers blame the government, the latter blames NPA communists. To shed light on the issue, Thinking Pinoy did some research about everything that happened before the evening of March 29th, or the day the protest started, with sources cited for easy verification. Let's go.

April 4, 2016

Duterte aide releases Vatican City Letter

In a letter dated 24 February 2016, the Vatican Secretariat of State, through Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Cardinal Becciu, sent a letter saying that Pope Francis appreciates Duterte's sentiments.

April 3, 2016

#BigasHindiBala: Mar Roxas' own Speechwriter admits Gov't Incompetence

A Facebook user named “Mikael De Lara Co” wrote an analysis of the Kidapawan Massacre. It was written as if he’s a disinterested party, despite the fact that he’s one of Malacanang’s spin doctors. His post has made rounds over social media, and is slowly becoming the textbook explanation for government apologists.

April 2, 2016

#BigasHindiBala : Malacanang releases "Secret" Damage Control Memo

In his official blog, Manila Bulletin op-ed columnist Tonyo Cruz reported that he received "a copy of a secret Palace memo immediately given to the Yellow Army’s bloggers, trolls deodorants, and apologists after the Kidapawan incident."

The memo contained guidelines and instructions on how to deal with the social media backlash resulting from yesterday's deadly dispersal of farmer and lumad rallyists in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato.

DISCLAIMER: Although Cruz is not known to write satirical articles, he has yet to publish a scanned copy of the memo. That is, Thinking Pinoy reads this "memo" with a grain of salt.

For now, let's consider this a piece of satire.

#BigasHindiBala: NoCot Gov. Lala Mendoza's Letter to Bishop Francisco

On the day of the violent Kidapawan City dispersal, Liberal Party North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou "Lala" J. Talino Mendoza sent a letter to Spottswood United Methodist Church Bishop Ciriaco Francisco, demanding that the Francisco stop "protecting and providing assistance" to the farmer and Lumad demonstrators.

April 1, 2016

#BigasHindiBala : Duterte, Roxas & the Kidapawan Carnage

This is the reality that led the starving farmers to their doom: the Kidapawan Carnage.

It all started with my Facebook Post on my personal account. I posted a video of the Kidapawan Carnage on my Facebook wall with the accompanying message...

Duterte-Cayetano condemns shooting of Kidapawan farmers

One of the casualties in the violent dispersal of farmers in Kidapawan City.

Duterte-Cayetano condemns shooting of Kidapawan farmers, Vows to seek justice, restore order [PRESS RELEASE, 01 April 2016]

The tandem of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano strongly condemned the reported attack of police forces against local farmers during a violent dispersal of a protest action in Kidapawan City.