As I am sure you have realized by now, yesterday’s Philippine Senate circus was not at all in aid of legislation or in pursuit of truth re: Extra-Judicial Killings. It now obviously appears as a well organized, carefully orchestrated black propaganda job against their new government, and intended more for the foreign press, and the rest of the international community as the main or target audience. While it is not so big a deal for those Filipinos based in Philippines as they can more easily verify the veracity of the information and see through the lies and half-truths being presented. Some groups are resorting to black ops after the government waged a serious war against the players within the multi-billion dollar illegal drug trade which has become a huge threat to the lives, wealth, and power of several narco-politicians and big time drug lords. Even the country’s oligarchy and other elites have become equally threatened by and unhappy with many of their new President’s pronouncements.
I am sure many of you have seen the latest coming from from The New York Times? A pre-taped video of star witness, Edgar Matobato’s testimony before he even testified. It even came with an English sub-title (readily available!). Other foreign news outlets were also provided with one-sided information and testimony of the uncredible witness as he vilified the President. Foreign press were either fed or were only able to pick up one side of the story. And that is, the bad side of the story which some groups want the international community to see and to believe. Needless to say, these are not only detrimental to their President but to the entire country as well. Since their President enjoys the trust & support of 91% of Filipinos and most Filipinos are no longer easily manipulated by the local mainstream media, these groups are now resorting to the use of foreign media and are deliberately feeding these international news agencies with inaccurate, one-sided, distorted information in order to:
- Incite the international community to protest.
- Invite the UN, US, and other countries to interfere.
All this with an end game of protecting their own interests. Their lives & wealth and their hope of getting themselves back into power. As such, we urge all law abiding citizens to be vigilant and to be well-informed so as not to be easily swayed by this massive disinformation campaign. More importantly, we urge all Filipinos to protect the truth and to help us combat this on-going massive campaign against the President and the new govt.
LET US DO OUR SHARE AND LET US DO THIS TOGETHER. NOT JUST TO PROTECT YOUR PRESIDENT, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY TO HELP PROTECT YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR PEOPLE’S WELFARE. AS WELL AS HELP PREVENT ANY FUTURE, UNNECESSARY UPHEAVAL.
How, you ask?
Apart from using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share your views, here are a few other things you can do:
Many of you here can write or may in fact have already written and posted on your Facebook walls your own stories, analysis, and opinions about the President and his fight against drugs. Please share those relevant, positive experiences and opinions to the world and let the international community see the other side of the picture. Write and show the foreign press the other side of your story. These are their respective addresses:
- Bloomberg News: John Micklewait, editor-in-chief 731 Lexington Avenue, New York 10022 USA
- Reuters: Allesandra Galloni Global News Editor, Reuter News 30 S Collonade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5EP United Kingdom
- CNN International News Editor: Marilia Brocchetto 190 Marietta st. Atlanta, Georgia 30303
- ABC News: James Goldston, President, ABC News 47 West 66th Street New York, NY 10023
- New York Times: Dean Baquet, Editor The New York Times Building 620 Eighth Avenue New York, New York 10018
- Associated Press: Kathleen Carroll, Executive Editor Associated Press 450 West 33rd Street New York City, NY USA 10001
- The Guardian: Katherine Viner, Editor Kings Place, 90 York Way London N1 9GU United Kingdom
2. Visit the websites of these foreign news agencies and International media sites. Write letters to their editors. Tell your stories and/or send them relevant, objective, and verifiable information that will help shed the light and erase their wrong impressions.
3. Check the comments section of various international media sites where malicious and misleading articles about our government were published. Rebut nicely but intelligently. Provide reliable statistics whenever possible. Please feel free to share your ideas with us on how we can become better and more effective Media Watchers and what else we can do together to help protect your country & our family and be truly part of nation building. LABAN FOR YOUR MOTHERLAND.
Originally written by: Aisha Bint Ahmad Arceo