IN THE Senate hearing on the Frigate issue, Secretary Bong (Christopher Go) appeared calm and confident. His aura reflects these and he answered questions with unrestrained repartee watching and listening to him as he talks assure the millions who were glued on TV and radio that the man is simply reciting the facts and the truths that he had no knowledge whatsoever about the frigate deal.
Yet, Rappler dedicated most its time in asserting that PSA (Presidential Special Assistant) Go had a hand with its oft-repeated predicate that the man refused to answer them.
This is precisely where the man is coming from.
He has not even seen the hard copies of the transactions done during the Aquino regime so why bedevil him with questions which could lead him to a trap? For a media outfit who claims their freedom had been curtailed and accused President Duterte for what befell them following the closure order from the Securities and Exchange Commission its nagging assertiveness argues against their protestations.
In fact, the table is now turned against Rappler. Senator Grace Poe during the frigate hearing hinted there will be another round of hearing about FAKE NEWS. This time I hope Maria Ressa be summoned on the witness stand to answer questions. I am particularly intrigued how she would respond to why Rappler was closed. Let us start by putting straight facts in this second encounter on FAKE versus FACT. Sample:
Fact: Senator Grace is a Llamanzares.
Fact: Rappler is a Filipino-owned media corporation registered with the SEC.
Fact: Maria Ressa accepted $1-million investment from Omidyar Network (ON).
Fact: Maria Ressa/Rappler issued Philippine Deposit Receipts, a commercial document, to ON with Veto Power.
Fake: Omidyar Network issued a waiver on its Veto Power. The waiver was not notarized and is therefore just a scrap of paper.
Fake: Ressa claimed ON money was not an investment but a humanitarian (?) donation.
Fake: Ressa claimed that Rappler is not a media outfit.
Fake: Ressa and Pia Ranada’s claim that their freedom had been curtailed.
Fake: That SEC was ordered by PRRD closed and that SEC did not give them time to respond/explain alleged constitutional violations committed by Rappler.
Fake: That SEC is controlled by Duterte.
What is truth and farce are with us since biblical time.
Fake: That there were five morally upright men and women in Sodom and Gomorrah.
Fake: Judas denied he sold Jesus 30 pieces of silver.
Fake: Peter did not know Jesus.
Fake: Japan will not wage war against America.
Fake: The world is flat.
Fact: Marcos won the snap elections.
Fake: Cory’s promise to Doy Laurel that he will be Prime Minister.
Fake: That Duterte organized the Davao Death Squad.
Fact: That DDS is a ghost force conceptualized by Police Regional Commander Col. Dionisio Tan-gatue Jr.
Fake: Senators Leila De Lima and Antonio Trillanes claimed that their witnesses Matobato and Lascanas buried 1,200-plus extrajudicial killing victims in a quarry in Davao City.
Fact: Mocha Uson has more followers that Rappler.
Fake: Ressa is prettier than Uson.
Fact: Pia Morato is lovelier than Mocha.
Fact: Duterte will run after drug syndicates down to their graves.
Fact: Duterte will dismiss corrupt officials in the government.
Fact: Duterte will run after the oligarchs who had been dodging taxes despite their virtual control of vital industries in the country.
The matter of determining what is fact or farce depends largely on personal discernment. Discernment in turn depends on how much knowledge is stored in one’s brain which is our data bank. Knowledge is acquired. News should be based on facts while opinions are subjective and largely dependent on the amount of data stored in writers memory bank. The process goes around in circle. There are more competent people who can explain this better than a hoi polloi like me so I will stop there.
Today’s generation of pharmacologists are using propaganda to sell their products and so are many politicians before and after elections. Myth, surgery and the art of fakery has evolved along with the development of cosmetics. But fakery, cosmetics and surgery will never change some of politicians, business oligarchs and the religious’ proclivities to acquire more power, greed and diabolic piety.
So let’s stop these pretenses and hypocrisies.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on March 08, 2018.
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