Below The Belt Fake News

IMG_1837.PNGThere’s fake news, and there’s below the belt fake news.

As a satire writer (Adobo Chronicles), I do include fiction in my “news stories.” But there are disclaimers all over my satire site to warn my readers that not everything they read is factual.  The site thrives on a humorous take on factual happenings.

“Adobo” is a mixture of soy sauce and vinegar; Adobo Chronicles is a mixture of fact and fiction.

But there are a few things that I would never  include in my posts.  Among them, fake deaths and fake stories about unfortunate situations that befall people. Like HIV/AIDS.

Recently, there were posts about the supposed death of former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos due to cardiac arrest, and about Sharon Cuneta admitting to her being HIV positive.

Both fake posts need to be condemned. And shame on those who knowingly share the fakery on their social media accounts — regardless of their political leanings.

And for those who are gullible to believe that what they’re reading and sharing is factual, there’s Google to check what’s factual and what’s not.

Let’s not be too eager to press that ‘send’ or ‘share’ button.

Just think about being the subject of fakery.  How would you feel?

 

 

The Deadly And Illegal Drug Trade In The West Is Proof Of The Height Of Hypocrisy

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Photo: Washington Post

While America and its Western allies condemn the Philippines’ war on drugs, the deadly illegal drug trade continues unabated just south of the U.S. border. America has a lot to do with it, with Mexico supplying 90% of the U.S. demand for heroin.

But the U.S. media are either quiet or tolerant and generous in their reporting of the drug menace in their backyard, and the U.N. and European Union (EU) seem to be oblivious or playing deaf and blind.

Such is the arrogance and hypocrisy of the West.

 

 

A MessageTo Duterte’s Warriors: They Go Low, We Go High

IMG_1742“They go low, we go high.”

That, of course, is a famous quote from former First Lady Michele Obama during last year’s U.S. presidential campaign.  It is a message that Politikal Pinoy would like to impart to all our Duterte warriors and supporters, especially on social media.

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of supposed quotes from anti-Duterte folks, many of which have no basis in fact.  In other words, fake quotes being passed on as fact (we’re not talking about satirical posts here.)

While it is quite entertaining to read the reactions from the Duterte camp, it is, at the same time, frustrating that some people on our side are resorting to the very same tactics that we criticize the ‘ Yellowtards’ for — trolls and fakes.

By all means, let’s respond with all our might to the stupid and dumb comments of those who oppose the President and his actions, but let us ourselves not be purveyors of fakery and below-the belt messages.  Before we hit that “send” or “share” button, let’s take a moment to fact check and verify to make sure that we don’t go down to the level of our opponents where their desperation breeds nothing but falsehood.

Otherwise, we’re just giving more ammunition to our opponents to try to malign us and our advocacies.

 

Dear President Duterte

Singapore PhilippinesDear Mr. President,

It was only a few days ago when I proclaimed to the world that I am proud to be a “Dutertard.”  That hasn’t changed.  I still am a supporter, but as I’ve said in the past, I am not a blind follower.

So you must understand that when you made that recent rape joke, I was not a happy camper.

It wasn’t the first time you did it.  And the first time, while  many have condemned your statement, I stood by you, believing that it was never your intention to degrade women or think lightly of a heinous crime like rape. I still believe that.

I had hoped that you have  understood the outrage from those of us who love their mothers and their sisters and their nieces and their grand nieces.

But you crossed the line again, Mr. President, with your recent rape joke as you  addressed the men who are carrying out your declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.

I for one, can excuse you once.  But I am outraged the second time around.

It is wrong, Mr. President, to joke about rape. Again.

It is my hope that the women around you — from both your blood family as well as your political family — will have the courage to call you out to say enough of the rape jokes.

By writing this open letter, I may earn the ire of other Dutertards like myself, but I feel that I have to speak out as one who loves his late mother, sisters, nieces and the many wonderful women in my life.

Respectfully,

Politikal Pinoy

May We Suggest That Senator Drilon Read The Philippine Constitution?

IMG_1654Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Thursday disputed a statement by retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza that there is no violation of the Bill of Rights under Martial Law.

“You cannot speak of violation of the Bill of Rights when there’s Martial Law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus is effective,” Mendoza told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

Apparently, Drilon thinks otherwise.

But how can there even be a violation of anything when Duterte’s decision to declare Martial Law in Mindanao was completely in accordance with the 1987 Philippine Constitution?

One just needs to read Section 18 of the Constitution to understand that everything that Duterte has done regarding the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao is in strict adherence to the fundamental law of the land.

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So if Drilon has a problem with the President’s proclamation, then he can blame it on the framers of the 1987 Constitution because the last time I checked, Duterte merely followed what’s in the law.

Besides, the same Constitutional provision grants Congress of which Drilon is a member, the power to revoke the proclamation, and the Supreme Court to review the factual basis of the same.

There is nothing “extrajudicial” about what Duterte did.

A process is in place. If only Drilon cared to review his copy of the 1987 Philippine Constitution before opening his loud mouth.

Or does the senator want me to lend him my copy of the Constitution?

 

Dear National Union Of Journalists Of The Philippines…

IMG_1636.PNGDear NUJP:

Very recently, you criticized the government-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) for posting “fake news” that claims 95 out of 105 nations agree there were no extrajudicial killings (EJK) in the Philippines.

As a former journalist and executive director of the Asian American Journalists Association, I have great appreciation for a group like yours in  advocating for true, fair and balanced reporting.

I write this letter wondering if the NUJP would censure its own members when they themselves fabricate news.

Like the Inquirer.

It recently posted alleged photos of the aftermath of the Marawi City siege, showing vehicles on fire and an apparent chaos.

Lo and behold, the photos used had nothing to do with the situation in Marawi. They were photos from a 2013 bombing incident in Cotabato City. One was very similar to a copyrighted photo by Getty Images, the other a photo that appeared on Rappler. Both were in reference to the 2013 Cotabato incident.

Will you now also condemn the Inquirer for this breach of public trust and a violation of your mission as a journalism organization?

IMG_1571For some reason, I suspect that you would just sweep this under the rug, knowing that majority of your officers and board members are affiliated with the Inquirer.

Or maybe you could prove me wrong and issue a public censure of the Inquirer?

Truly yours,

Politikal Pinoy

(Note:  Inquirer issued a statement on this fiasco, blaming the error on an unnamed “reliable source,” a local government official.)

Aren’t we all reminded about this?

 

 

Proud To Be A ‘Dutertard’

IMG_1645I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been so proud about being proud of my president. It has happened twice in the last decade!

As if eight years of Barack Obama hadn’t been enough, I am now being treated to six years of another great president, Rodrigo Duterte.

For the first time in my lifetime, I am proud that at the helm of the Philippines is a leader that has unequivocally shown his sincere love of his country — selfless in his determination to improve the lot of every Filipino, while gaining an unprecedented respect from world leaders, including those from countries which we (and other world nations) have historically distanced from — China and Russia.

I am in awe at how a probinsyano (someone from the province) can rise up to become (reluctantly at first) the leader we Filipinos have always yearned for — someone who is on the side of the ordinary citizen, the poor, the downtrodden, the disadvantaged, the true heroes that  endure personal and family sacrifices for the sake of a better life for those they leave behind.

I am in awe that someone is actually waging war against one of the greatest ills of Philippine society– corruption.

I am in awe that despite his seemingly patriarchial ways (which many would rather label as dictatorial), he is respectful of the constitutional rights of citizens to disagree and to criticize, rightfully or not.

I am in awe at how he stands up to scheming politicians, oligarchs as well as international influences that look down at our government, country and people as the proverbial third-world inconsequentials.

I am in awe at how he is looked up to by world leaders in our region, as well as some in the West, who are seriously watching his rogue ways that are raking in positive results.

Yes, I am a ‘Dutertard’ and proudly so.

Because, at the end of the day, what this means is that I am proud to be Filipino.

The Bigger Driving Distractions

IMG_1539Sure, using mobile devices like cell phones and GPS machines, or displaying trinkets and other items on car windows that compromise drivers’ sight of the roadway are and can be distractions, but the new Anti-Dirving Distraction Law seems to have missed the greatest distraction of all: advertising billboards.

Just three seconds of glancing at a mobile device while driving can most definitely cause fatal accidents.  But what about several minutes of reading the messages on advertising billboards?   That’s minutes of the drivers’ sight OFF the road.

So while rosaries and trinkets or occasional glances at mobile devices for traffic directions or alerts are driver distractions, those advertising billboards are worse and  could prove more dangerous or, heaven forbid, fatal.

Now that the implementation of the new law has been suspended, we hope that the more rationale of minds will prevail in the review of the details, and that they focus on the elephant in the room, not the little bugs.

And while they’re at it, our lawmakers should seriously consider including an educational component addressing the consequences of dangerous behavior such as distracted driving because sometimes, legislating is not enough.  It must be coupled with promoting and instilling discipline.

 

 

 

EU, The Dictator

IMG_1506Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano’s recent revelation that countries within the European Union (EU) are pressuring the Philippines to legalize drug use and abortion as a “condition” for development grants only reinforces President Rodrigo Duterte’s sound decision to cut off or reject financial aid from this dictatorial Western bloc.

It goes back to the notion that the ways of the Western World are a one-size-fits-all solution to all the problems of the world community.

It is quite ironic that in its attempt to impose its imperialistic views on less-developed countries like the Philippines, the EU hides behind a smoke screen by pretending to be against dictatorial ways in countries that are merely trying to solve their internal problems in the most appropriate of strategies.

The EU claims to be the vanguard of democracy and freedom, yet it has no qualms imposing its will on countries and governments, especially those that are outside of its exclusive club.

Now we get the real score on why the EU is so against Duterte’s war on drugs.  It wants drug use to flourish just like it does in many of its member-nations.  If it’s good for the goose, then it must be good for the gander. Nevermind that unlike in many countries within he EU, drug use in the Philippines accounts for a huge number of crimes against innocent citizens and fuels corruption in the government as well as political landscape.

And as far as abortion is concerned, has EU forgotten history in which the pro-life movement espoused by no less than the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines  has its roots in the Western World’s colonization of the country — Spain in particular?

It’s irrevant that Politikal Pinoy is pro-choice and has supported the legalization of marijuana in the United States.

The Philippines is not the United States, and the Western World cannot simply dictate its policies and ideologies without fully understanding the history, culture and societal nuances of the country which has gone through hundreds of years of imperialistic, and yes, dictatorial rule.