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Ilonggos react to Duterte tagging Iloilo as ‘most shabulized’ province, ‘bedrock’ of illegal drugs



Last August, President Rodrigo Duterte called Iloilo the “most shabulized” province in the Philippines, describing the extent of the drug use in the province. He also named several local government officials and personalities who are linked to the drug trade.

“The most shabulized – is that the word – shabulized, is there such a word shabulized? I will say that wala akong personal sa kanila ha – Iloilo,” Duterte said after reading several names off his list of drug personalities in the country.

The list was composed of over 150 personalities. Among those names from Iloilo were Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog, Carles Mayor Sigfredo Betita, Calinog Mayor Alex Centina, and Maasin Mayor Mariano Malones.

Reactions to ‘most shabulized’ tag

The Ilonggos had mixed reactions to how Duterte tagged their province.

Senator Franklin Drilon said that he supported Duterte’s drug war, but urged for due process to be observed.

“All the efforts of the Ilonggos for the past five years to make Iloilo an attractive and progressive investment destination and a livable city is negated by a sweeping judgment of the city and province of Iloilo. Whatever these officials may have allegedly done are their individual acts, and cannot be the collective guilt of the Ilonggos,” Drilon said in the statement.

Iloilo Rep. Jerry Treñas said that he knew about the spreading drug problem in his province but was still shocked by its extent, adding that drastic measures should be taken to address the problem.

Some netizens felt sad about the tag.

Rappler gathered some of their reactions.

Others were not as shocked to hear about Iloilo’s new title.

There were also some who noted the quick change in Iloilo’s title.

Iloilo City mayor denies being a drug protector

Mabilog denied the accusation and called for an investigation into the matter. He also emphasized his support in implementing the anti-illegal drugs campaign.


“The record will speak for itself – that my administration was always in full support of the needs of the PNP and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the agencies primarily responsible for the suppression and elimination of illegal drugs in the city, and I have never been remiss in this duty and obligation,’’ Mabilog said.

“I am not involved in the protection, trade and use of illegal drugs. I am willing to open myself for any investigation, cooperate and submit myself to any court of law,” he added.

Iloilo as ‘bedrock’ of drugs 

We think the issue about Iloilo being tagged as the “most shabulized” province by Duterte resurfaced because Duterte called it the “bedrock” of drugs in the Visayas on July 12 at the anniversary celebration of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

“The Visayas was poisoned. Iloilo is the bedrock. Doon dinadaan ang shabu sa Visayas,” he said.

According to, Fr. Esperidion Celis of St. Anne Parish in Molo asked Regional Director Gil Pabilona of PDEA-6 during the Iloilo City Barangay Anti-Drugs Abuse Council just who Duterte’s sources of information are and if Duterte knew about Iloilo City’s anti-illegal drugs programs.

Pabilona said he did not know where Duterte got his information from.

It is that I don’t know where the President is getting the information because my information is only limited at the regional level. I don’t know where the other information he (President) is getting from,” Pabilona said during a press interview.

“Yes, nire-report namin ‘yung mga effort of the mayor, assistant of the mayor, to the PDEA; that the Mayor has been going around, really pushing hard for the barangay to really cooperate and really perform the drug clearing and we appreciate that,” Pabilona added.

Pabilona said he would treat Duterte’s new tag for Iloilo as a challenge to “double, triple my efforts to really continue the clearing of the barangays in the region.” He added that he would use the process used in clearing other alleged drug personalities to clear Mabilog’s tag as a drug protector.

“We have to validate for the past six months if there are reports against him that he is involved in illegal drugs as drug protector. If from the intelligence community, we get no more reports that the drug protector are still protecting drug trade then we have to downgrade this protector to inactive file which means if there will be reports later on they are again engaged in illegal drugs we have to put them in the watchlist or anti drug operations so actually they are not deleted completely,” Pabilona said.

When asked if Mabilog was in PDEA’s list, Pabilona said, “Nasa listahan ng Presidente.”

As of May 2017, the Iloilo Police Provincial Office declared 719 barangays in Iloilo as drug-free and are determined to make the remaining 176 barangays cleared of drugs as well.

Some Twitter users reacted to Duterte’s ‘shabulized’ and ‘bedrock’ of drugs tags for Iloilo.

One even compiled some Ilonggos’s reactions to the tags.

However, PDEA-6 Spokesperson David Garcia agreed with Duterte’s title for Iloilo. In a Bombo Radyo interview, Garcia said that if they consider the fact that Iloilo is surrounded by big provinces and cities, it is highly likely that illegal drugs do pass through the province. However, he clarified that the drug situation in Iloilo now is so different from the way it was before.

The Department of Tourism warned that Duterte’s remarks about Iloilo might affect the tourism in the province. DOT-6 director Atty. Helen Catalbas said that this should serve as a challenge to the local officials. She also said that the tourism attractiveness of Iloilo should not only depend on the beauty of the tourist destinations but also on the peace and order situation in the region.

Iloilo site slams Duterte

Iloilo Metropolitan Times, in its opinion article on July 7, said that Duterte only based his tags for Iloilo as the “bedrock of illegal drugs” on his own biases against Ilonggo leaders accused to be drug protectors.

“But, seriously? What did Iloilo do to the President that deserves this kind of negative statement to the superlative degree knowing that more than the problem on illegal drugs which is mounting among other provinces with emphasis to the city of Davao, Iloilo and the Ilonggos have been working very hard to improve its standard of living by way of luring investors to spend their money and help the poor people earn a decent living?” they wrote.

The news website also accused Duterte of “creating an atmosphere of insecurity and hostility between the residents of Iloilo and the people who are interested to do business around.”

They also acknowledged the fact that some government officials did support the illegal drug activities in the region and Duterte calling them out was needed “to arouse the senses of these leaders from their own laziness and tolerance.” However, Iloilo Metropolitan Times took issue with how Duterte “repeatedly” singled out the region.

“But, when a president REPEATEDLY singles out a place which is relatively far better compared to other areas in terms of infestation of the illegal drug menace, it already means something,” they wrote.

The website also brought up the fact that some of Iloilo’s leaders supported losing presidential candidate Mar Roxas in the 2016 elections.

“Either ways, the president is vindictive as it is a known fact that the local leaders of Iloilo supported Mar Roxas last elections or the president is acting naturally normal given his age,” the news site wrote.

Some Ilonggos expressed their reactions on the comments section of the Iloilo Metropolitan Times’ Facebook post.

There were some who accused Duterte of being envious of Iloilo’s status.

One, though, seemed to agree with Duterte.

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Paula Defensor-Knack urges fellow DDS to move to Russian social media site after leaving Facebook



After reports surfaced about how Facebook tapped Vera Files and Rappler as its partners in fact checking everything that goes on the social media site, one Diehard Duterte Supporter urged her fellow DDS to shut their Facebook accounts down and move to a Russian social media website.

Paula Defensor-Knack, the younger sister of the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago and avid supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, took to Facebook on April 13 to post detailed instructions for her fellow DDS to deactivate their Facebook accounts and migrate to Russia’s version of Facebook, called

“Deactivate your accounts on FB only… so that you get the uncensored truth from us in and fight again in the rest of social media,” Knack wrote.

She then listed down all five steps that the DDS have to follow to complete the move to VK from Facebook. She wanted them to sign up for a VK account and find their DDS group, warned them about the lag in posting links on VK and how posting of pornographic materials are not allowed, and gave them a deadline of five days before all of Knack’s and other DDS groups on Facebook will be deactivated.

“After 5 days our groups will be deleted/deactivated. Do not let yellows censor or fact-check you. Lets leave them to talk to themselves and get votes,” Knack wrote.

“We will tell the world what is the truth in another platform – this time, in Europe! See you there!!!” she added.

Hours after the instructions for the migration to VK, Knack once again taunted the Liberal Party, while emphasizing how many DDS there are. In the same post, she also said that those living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) within 24 hours of the announcement.

Both of these Facebook posts came hours after Knack took to Facebook to criticize its move to partner with Rappler and Vera Files for fact-checking.

“We will leave Vera Files and Rappler with no one to talk to or no account to suspend on FB. We will bring our defense of PRRD and the country to another international audience in the new social media platform which is free & easy to use,” she wrote.

Meme Buster has written several stories debunking fake stories and has found that some of them were shared by Knack herself.


Knack shared a meme that made it seem as though Senator Risa Hontiveros flaunting her achievements, but it turned out to be a fake. She also shared that fake claim by a former Arroyo official about how the Magdalo group was allegedly connected to the Maute terrorists, something that even the defense chief denied, Aguirre’s misleading 2015 throwback photo of opposition lawmakers in Marawi, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV getting abandoned by Zambales crowd, and the photo of a man falsely accused as the cop who shot teenage victim Kian delos Santos and having a selfie with Robredo. In 2017, just like Communications Asec. Mocha Uson, Knack also dared people to send the media and support to a wake of a cop who died in 2016.

On April 12, Facebook announced its partnership with Vera Files and Facebook to launch a fact-checking program in the Philippines to “reduce the reach of false news stories on Facebook, check their facts, and rate their accuracy,” according to Clair Deevy, Facebook Director for Community Affairs for Asia Pacific.

Rappler and Vera Files will review stories flagged as fake news. Those that will be identified as such will be put lower in the Facebook News Feed and be less visible. Facebook users who will try to share the story will receive a notification that the story has been identified as false. Related articles will also be written about the fake stories to explain why they were flagged as such. Pages that will continue to stubbornly tell the story will have reduced post distribution and lesser ability to monetize their content.

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Election lawyer to Marcos’ accusations over ‘ballot anomalies:’ Wow mali na naman tayo



Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. aired out his accusations over the alleged anomalies involving the opened ballots for the vice presidential vote recount on April 2.

In a Facebook post, he said that “100%  weather proof” and “waterproof” ballot boxes were “soaked in water,” a practice he described as something often used by election cheaters before a recount; found it laughable that Vice President Leni Robredo’s lawyer explained the incident as something that was caused by a storm in Camarines Sur; and found it suspicious how Robredo’s camp changed their tune by saying they are confident with the outcome of the recount.

But election lawyer Emil Marañon III addressed Marcos’ accusations one by one in a Facebook post and told the protesting politician, “Wow mali na naman tayo.”

Marañon deemed the practice of wetting the ballots as something used decades ago in 1992, but things have changed as the automated elections replaced the manual elections. He also pointed out that Marcos’ camp even asked for the scanned copies of each ballot to be printed.

“Una, wetting the ballots para mandaya sa recount is so 1992. Hindi katulad noong manual elections, sa automated election system, may scanned copies ang bawat balota na pwede balikan in case na masira, mabasa or mawala ang original paper ballots. Baka nakalimutan ni Mr Marcos na nag request nga siya to print them,” he wrote.

He also explained why ballot boxes are not exactly “weather proof” and “waterproof,” as per Marcos’ claims.

“Hindi lang raw “100% weather proof” but “waterproof” ang ballot boxes kaya hindi raw pwede mabasa. Mukhang hindi pa siya nakakakita ng ballot box at kung saan nakatago ang mga ito. By design, may mga butas talaga ang ballot boxes kung saan dumadaan ang balota mula sa Vote Counting Machine (VCM) going to the box. Yes, kadalasan doon nakakapasok ang tubig pag directly naulanan ang mga ito,” Marañon explained.

The election lawyer further said that most ballot boxes are simply stored somewhere exposed to the elements, such as a gym, but that it won’t matter as much because there are ballot images that can be used as backup reference.

As for Marcos accusing Robredo’s camp of doing everything to delay the vote recount, Marañon pointed out how it was her camp that even “filed a motion withdrawing all motions” and vowed not to file any, something that the Marcos camp failed to deliver when they were the ones that issued the challenge in the first place.

“The Robredo camp raw “did everything in their power to delay the recount.” Wow lang. The Vice President did not file any motion to delay the recount. In fact, she filed a motion withdrawing all motions na may dilatory effect sa proceedings and committed on record not to file any. Baka nakalimutan niyang siya ang hindi tumupad sa sarili niyang challenge at hindi nag-file ng motion to withdraw his dilatory motions,” he said.

Calling Marcos “Boy Kuryente,” Marañon corrected Marcos’ false assumption that audit logs are also stored in the ballot boxes.

“Sir, hindi naman talaga nilalagay ang audit logs sa loob ng ballot box. Sa procedure ng Comelec (pakibasa Resolution No. 10057, Article VII, Section 29 [f] 5), ang audit logs ay tinu-turnover ng Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) sa Election Officer (EO) ng bayan o siyudad after ng election. Pagkatapos, pinapadala ng EO ang naipong audit logs sa Comelec Main Office sa Maynila. Dahil doon, walang audit logs sa loob ng mga ballot boxes. Samakatuwid, huwag maghanap ng wala,” he wrote.

Before ending his Facebook post, Marañon urged Marcos to hire new consultants, considering how many “fake news” and false assumptions he has made over the past few months regarding his election protest.

“Sa dami ng fakenews, mali-mali at kuryente mo sa nakaraang mga buwan, please find better election consultants. Yung nakakaintindi naman kahit slight,” he said.

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Twitter user hits Marcos, believers that Marcos had gold bars before he became president



When the vice presidential vote recount started on April 2, one Twitter user made it his job to point out just how corrupt the Marcoses are and slam their supporters who believed that the family had gold bars even before the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. became president.

Twitter user Alt BBM (@alt_BBM) started his thread with a survey, asking the Twitterverse if they believe in the tale about the Marcos gold bars.

He also tweeted a screenshot of a YouTube video with a title “Shocking Fact About the Gold Reserves of Ferdinand Marcos Revealed!”

He then urged his followers to watch a two-minute video clip of an old ABC News documentary called “20/20,” showing the lavish lifestyle of the Marcoses and the millions they accumulated.

There was also a clip, still from the same documentary, showing how the Marcoses had a custom built disco in Malacañang and invited several big names in the international entertainment industry during parties.

Alt BBM reminded his followers how the Marcoses built structures that the ordinary Filipinos did not even benefit from, such as the Coconut Palace and the Manila Film Center. The latter even cost the lives of 30 workers, who were described in the documentary as victims that other workers had to pour cement over because the former First Lady Imelda Marcos said there was no time to dig them out.

There were also clips posted in the thread about Imelda’s collection of jewelries, over 2,000 shoes, and clothes and her hoarder tendencies.

The rest of the thread went on to hit the Marcoses as a family. The last part was a clip showing a reporter asking Imelda how she managed to get expensive, beautiful things. Imelda said that it was because Marcos was a lawyer of a gold mining company and that she saw the gold herself at his home even before he was voted president.

Alt BBM commented on this remark by the former First Lady saying, “Sa mga naniniwala sa pagkakaroon ng maraming ‘Gold Bars/Reserve’ ng pamilya Marcoses, panoorin niyo tong interview ni Imelda with BBC news! Ang sagot niya ay lawyer daw si Ferdinand Marcos ng “Gold Mines”. KUMUSTA NAMAN ANG KWENTONG YAN?!”

He then addressed his lawyer followers if lawyers of gold mines do get filthy rich.

“Sa mga abogadong followers ko, ano kayang cases ang hawak ni Marcos para kumita siya ng ganong karaming pera? O di ba? Kaya kung may kaibigan kang naniniwala sa Gold Bars ng mga Marcoses, i unfriend mo na yang mga yan bago ka mahawa sa katangahan nila,” he tweeted.

He conducted a final survey asking other Twitter users if they still believe that Marcos was rich even before he became president because he had gold bars. The final results have come out, showing that 95% of those who answered the survey did not believe in the Marcoses’ claims.

MemeBuster has also written stories about the Marcos wealth before. Veteran journalist Ed Lingao has a short story on News5 debunking the myths about the sources of the Marcoses’ wealth and ended it with an explanation on why the Supreme Court decided to forfeit their Swiss bank accounts with $685 million in 2003. Another netizen also debunked the same stories about the Marcos gold one by one after several stories about the treasure went viral online.

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