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 Ranada's Rappler invited foreign owners to avoid bankruptcy?

In January 2016, 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.