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Netizen explains “lampoon” to Mocha, tells her she’s the bully for posting student’s FB page

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Entertainer and vocal Duterte supporter Mocha Uson posted about a publication in Ateneo that had an imitation of her Facebook profile and a collage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s face on Friday, October 14. It was labelled “Mochang Tanga Blog.”

“Isang Atenean friend just told me na pinamimigay daw ito sa loob ng Ateneo de Manila University. Gaano katotoo ito? Paki share nalang mga DDS para umabot sa mga Atenista,” Uson said. The first version of her post actually tagged the university’s basketball team, the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

She added that her friend told her the publication was secretly distributed throughout the campus, which was later proven to be false. The photo she posted was actually from a publication called “Tanganglawin,” an annual satirical issue produced by Ateneo de Manila University’s college news magazine, Matanglawin.

Matanglawin responded to Uson’s post, explaining what their publication is all about.

“Ang Tanganglawin ang taunang mapanuyang publikasyon (lampoon isyu) ng Matanglawin Ateneo,” its Facebook post said.

“Sa Tanganglawin, nais ng pahayagang itatak ang mga problemang panlipunan sa isip ng mga Atenista at mga Filipinos sa pamamigtan ng makatawag pansing paraan ng pagpapatawa. Nais din ng publikasyong ipakita, sa pamamagitan ng “Tanga,” gamit ang mga isyung binigyang mapanuksong pagsusulat, na hindi nalalayo ang katotohanan sa katatawanan,” the publication added.

 

But the exchange of social media posts did not stop there. Uson went on to post the Facebook profile of the editor-in-chief of Matanglawin, Rambo Talabong. She also linked Talabong’s internship at Rappler as possibly one of the reasons why she was used as Matanglawin’s subject in their satire issue.

“Could this be one of the reasons why I was used as front of matanglawin’s satire? You know that I’m one of the people criticizing rappler’s way of reporting. So ito ba ang way nila ng pag-atake sa akin pabalik na hindi ginagamit mismo ang rappler? Saying. Akala ko pa naman totoo na “it is to discuss the problems in social media.””

Netizen Explains Lampoon to Mocha

Matanglawin once again addressed Uson’s accusations.

The college publication denies Rappler’s involvement in their satire issue involving Uson.

“Wala itong kinikilingan kundi ang pagbibigay ng espasyo para sa mga marhinalisado nang marinig ang kanilang boses, kung kaya’t hindi totoong isa itong anyo ng pag-atake n grappler pabalik sa MOCHA USON BLOG,” Matanglawin said in its Facebook note entitled “Pahayag Ukol sa Mochang Tanga Blog.”

The publication also explained how using Uson as the cover of their lampoon issue was not the editor-in-chief’s sole decision but the entire’s publication’s.

It also made a call for Uson to use social media responsibly after she posted Talabong’s personal information on her page.

“Nanananawagan ang Matanglawin sa MOCHA USON BLOG na matuto ng responsableng paggamit ng social media, lalo na at mayroon itong higit sa apat na milyong taga-subaybay. Tinatawagan naming ang pagbura ng kaniyang pagpaskil ng larawan ng profile ng punong patnugot ng publikasyon na si Rambo Talabong,” the publication posted.

“Ang paglalantad ng personal na impormasyon nang walang pahintulot mula sa taong nagmamay-ari nito ay isang cyberbullying at paglabag ng kalayaan sa pamamahayag na inimandato ng konstitusyon,” the publication added.

The publication also said that it was not a good idea to ask her followers knowing that they may only be able to speculate and attack the party concerned.

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“Hinihimok naming ang MOCHA USON BLOG na sa tuwing mayroon itong katanungan ukol sa kahit anong paksa, marapat na gawin nito ang lahat upang makahanap ng sagot. Hindi tama at hindi maayos na paraan ang paghingi ng sagot mula sa mga tagasubaybay sapagkat pawang mga spekulasyon at pang-aatake lamang ang ibubunga nito,” they said.

The same post also showed the past lampoon issues of Matanglawin, which targeted Ateneo’s official student publication The Guidon in 2012, University of Santo Tomas’ publication The Varsitarian in 2013, and Rappler in 2014.

Matanglawin also clarified that their 2016 lampoon issue was not only about the MOCHA USON BLOG. It also tackled timely issues such as extra-judicial killings, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the release of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the issue over the South China Sea, and more.

And one netizen agreed with Matanglawin calling Uson’s posting of Talabong’s personal profile as bullying, all while explaining what a “lampoon issue” means.

“Attacking a college student and a lampoon issue of a campus publication does not make you any less stupid, a quality that you shouldn’t be proud to embrace. A lampoon issue, done by so many school papers, is sometimes meant to be offensive to provoke discourse. Satire – look it up on Google – deliberately presents a slanted view of facts for the sake of both humor and political critique,” Facebook user Jeff Crisostomo said.

“Your statements deliberately present a distortion of facts with no underlying depth and purpose except to spread misinformation and to blindly defend the unjustifiable in the realm of basic human decency,” Crisostomo added.

Crisostomo also said that Uson was not being bullied and was instead the only bullying the college student/editor-in-chief.

“And no, you are not being bullied. Experiencing such entails having an adversary that is stronger or more powerful. A college publication has less clout and reach compared to your platform fueled by undiscerning trolls. You’re the one who’s doing all the bullying by posting a screen cap of the Facebook account of a student. Shame on you and your blind minions. People like you are a disgrace to the freedoms we value, which you have completely abused,” he said.

Crisostomo also translated his open letter to Uson into Filipino and in beki language.

 

Sources: (cnnphilippines.com, matanglawin-ateneo, jeff.crisostomo)

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Netizens slam Duterte for saying women ‘could not stand threats and intimidation’

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President Rodrigo Duterte drew flak for another controversial comment involving women after he remarked on May 24 that women “could not stand threats and intimidation.”

Duterte said that while he believed in women’s competence, it does not necessarily ring true in all aspects of life.

“I believe in the woman, the competence and capability, pero hindi lahat sa buhay dapat.Hindi ka, hindi, hindi. Dapat lang. It’s not appropriate when you cannot stand threats and intimidation,” he said in his May 24 speech.

He also said that women should be “prim and proper” and talked about his reservation in sending women police and soldiers to the field because unlike men, they did not grow up with a mindset that involves violence.

“Ang mga babae, sundalo pati pulis, ayaw ko ‘yan sa bukid. Unlike men kami, maliit pa lang, suntukan, bakbakan, barilan. And we grew up with a sort of a mindset na sometimes prone to violence. Itong mga babae, prim and proper man ‘yan, isang tingin lang sa nanay niyan, wala na tunaw na ‘yan. Tapos gawin mong pulis, ipaaway mo doon. Naku,” Duterte remarked.

Netizens then took to social media to react to Duterte’s most recent statements, making #BabaeAko trend again on Twitter.

“Mr. President, you just horrifyingly disrespected your own mother who bravely fought against the Marcos dictatorship. She withstood threats and intimidation. Siya ay babae! #BabaeAko,” a Twitter user remarked.

Forensic expert Dr. Raquel Fortun spoke out, too, saying “I am threatened and intimidated a lot. All my life. Don’t me. #BabaeAko.”

So did film and theater actress Chai Fonacier, who said, “Encouraging women — and I mean including those who identify as women — and our friends from the entire spectrum to share your #BabaeAko statements to fight the misogyny that the President and his ilk normalize through their behavior. Make them remember the feminine strength.”

KABATAAN Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago also reacted, saying she refused to be stereotyped.

Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay urged other Filipinos to protest against Duterte’s misogynistic statements.

Other Twitter users weighed in on the issue.

Duterte’s previous misogynistic remarks

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His remarks in his speech on May 24 seemed to have sought to explain another controversial remark he made on May 16 when he said that he did not want a politician, especially a woman, to become the next Ombudsman.

“Mag-nominate sila, pero I choose, but gusto ko ‘yung bilib ang tao sa integrity niya. Of course it could not be a politician, lalo na hindi babae,” he said during a chance interview.

This gave birth to the launching of the #BabaeAko movement on social media on May 21 by women activists and other people who also want to protest Duterte’s misogynistic and sexist statements.

One of  the women who joined the #BabaeAko campaign was former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo who said, “Akala ko taumbayan ang boss ni Duterte. Yun pala sina Marcos, Gloria, Trump at China. Para sa bayang makatarungan at malaya, lalaban ako.”

In February, he was also slammed for telling his audience of former NPA rebels that he told his soldiers to shoot female rebels in the vagina.

Sources: ( rappler.comphilstar.com )

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New DOT chief to ask Montano why he rushed official New York engagement to watch Broadway show

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Newly installed Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said she plans on talking with Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) COO Cesar Montano to ask for his side on certain accusations that were hurled against him.

Among these accusations came from an Abante report where Montano was said to have rushed a speaking engagement staged by the DOT in New York to watch the Broadway musical show “Hamilton.”

DOT reportedly launched the Philippine Tourism Presentation and Dinner Reception on May 9 to showcase Philippine tourism and fashion at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Montano was introduced as the event’s keynote speaker, but he was said to have only spoken for a bit before hurriedly leaving the venue, disappointing the guests, which also included US officials.

Montano was said to have been invited to the event in behalf of the now-resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo. He was also named as one of the two hosts, the other being Teo, of the said event.

In reaction to this report about Montano, Puyat said she would talk to Montano as well as the Tourism attache and other DOT officials who attended the event to verify the accusation in the report mentioned above.

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Puyat said that she would investigate into the “Buhay Carinderia” program that the TPB is set to implement. This was after Philippine Star Boo Chanco accused Montano of issuing P80-million worth of three checks to the event proponent and organizer.

“I still don’t have the papers. I will be asking [and] will be arranging a meeting with Mr. Cesar Montano to ask about ‘yung mga nabasa ko sa ‘Buhay Carinderia’ – kung totoo ba na walang bidding ‘yung P80 million na advance,” Puyat said on May 15.

“I’m planning to talk to him and ask his side. I want to ask all those who were there if it actually happened,” Puyat added.

In March 2017, TPB employees filed a complaint against Montano for his alleged corruption and mismanagement of the agency. These include hiring friends and relatives, using TPB’s funds for personal trips, and showing incompetence in fulfilling his obligations as the agency’s COO.

Sources: ( tnt.abante.com.phphilstar.comrappler.com )

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Eldest Tulfo vows to help Wanda clear her name, berates ‘black sheep’ Ben over controversial P60-M DOT ad deal

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Inquirer columnist Ramon Tulfo spoke up about the controversy involving his siblings, now resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo and hosts Ben and Erwin Tulfo, over the P60 million tourism ad deal.

The eldest Tulfo wrote in his Inquirer column on May 10 that while President Rodrigo Duterte himself advised the Tulfo family to avoid talking to the media, he took it upon himself as the family’s acting patriarch to tell the story behind the controversy.

First up, Ramon blamed Teo for not hiring smart staff members who could have advised her against inking a deal with PTV 4, where one of the Tulfo brothers, Ben, was a blocktimer.

As a blocktimer, Ben pays for his TV show’s airtime on the state-run channel.

According to Ramon, Wanda was only complying with President Duterte’s injunction for his Cabinet secretaries to support PTV 4, adding that she did not know Ben’s company would get most of the multimillion advertising contract with DOT.

He also hit Ben, whom he called a “black sheep” with a “middle child” syndrome as the fifth child out of 10 siblings, for signing the P60-million advertising contract with PTV 4 despite knowing that there would be a conflict of interest on Wanda’s part.

Ramon also said that Wanda still tried to save Ben, who insisted on his innocence amid the controversy, leading her to resign from her post. He also explained that Wanda seemed to have forgotten the fact that her husband was on the board of director of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza), a part of DOT, when Duterte appointed her as tourism chief. He added that it should have been up to her husband to step down from his post upon his wife’s appointment.

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In the same column, he also slammed Wanda’s lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio, whom he said did not even consult the Tulfo brothers on returning the P60-million funds from the ad deal. He also described the lawyer as “all talk,” a counsel who’s only focused on gaining publicity for himself.

Unlike what has been previously reported about Wanda resigning out of delicadeza amid the controversy, Ramon let it slip that he commended President Duterte for “sacking Wanda,” prompting some people to ask whether Wanda was fired instead of resigned.

Before he ended his column, he vowed to support “Wanda’s fight to clear her name, but not Ben’s.”
Wanda resigned on May 8 to show delicadeza and to spare everyone, especially Duterte, from the pain caused by the controversy, according to her lawyer.

The issue started with the Commission on Audit’s report showing the DOT paying P60 million worth of commercials to PTV 4, which in turn, tapped Ben’s Bitag Media Unlimited Inc. to air the tourism ads during Ben and Erwin’s show “Kilos Pronto.”

Malacañang said that Teo’s resignation does not mean that she is off the hook since the Ombudsman is still looking into her and other government officials involved in the controversial ad deal.

Sources: ( inquirer.netnews.abs-cbn.com , nnphilippines.com )

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