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Agot to Sasot after BBC confrontation: If they want to talk to you, they will find you



Actress Agot Isidro took to Twitter to react to a Duterte supporter confronting a BBC correspondent over the broadcasting company’s interview with an anti-Duterte blogger.

“Sweetie, last year BBC tried to get in touch with me for an interview, too. If they want to talk to you, they will find you. Do the math,” Isidro tweeted.

Her tweet came after pro-Duterte blogger Sass Rogando Sasot confronted BBC South East Asian correspondent Jonathan Head in the afternoon of November 13 at the International Media Center in Pasay City, where local and foreign media were situated to cover the ASEAN Summit.

Sasot questioned the BBC for giving Duterte critic Jover Laurio, the woman behind Pinoy Ako Blog, whom she described as a “minor blogger,” a platform on the UK-based network.

According to Interaksyon’s report, Sasot and Head’s encounter started when the BBC correspondent approached Communications Asec. Mocha Uson to greet her. Uson was with Sasot then.

“Can you please explain to me why Jover Laurio, whose Facebook engagement is like way, way, way lower than me, was being followed by BBC?” she asked Head.

He denied following Laurio’s blog, so Sasot added, “If BBC is not following what’s happening to Pinoy Ako Blog, how come they know it?”

Head explained how there are lots of ways for BBC producers to find out about people they have taken interest in and raise issues and denied having PR agencies pushing people on.

“So can you tell me, Mr. Jonathan, how is it possible that Jover Laurio, a very minor blogger in the Philippines, was featured by the BBC in order to defend herself against the people who outed her identity, but not someone like me whose social media following is way, way higher than her, whose Facebook engagement is way, way higher than her, and who you have even interacted on Facebook?” Sasot asked.


Her concern over her safety also cropped up in the exchange, noting how her address in The Hague was made public.

“I know that in order for you to be interviewed by a big platform like BBC, you should have been given access. It’s either that you were really, really famous, that you are a decision-maker of a country, you are a celebrity, and you’re gonna be given this platform. But Jover Laurio is none of that. The only link to that is that she is being protected, sponsored, financed probably by the Liberal Party of the Philippines,” Sasot added.

Head offered to have their conversation elsewhere, leading to an exchange of details over their schedules. Sasot will be going to Davao on November 14, while Head will still be in Manila until November 15. He also suggested to connect on social media, where Sasot can “raise anything” with him anytime.

When their conversation resumed, it focused back on Laurio with Sasot telling Head that the Duterte critic “was slandering and libeling people along the way, especially those who are critical of the Vice President of the Philippines.”

Sasot then said, “And the BBC and the international media do not care about this anger. All you care about is whether is the president has a paid troll network or not. And you have insulted not just me but millions of followers and supporters of the president.”

She also told Head that many people felt insulted over the idea that the BBC only got one side of the story.

“Do you know that a lot of overseas Filipino workers are doing everything in order to combat the lies being peddled by mainstream media, including Rappler, Inquirer, ABS-CBN? And I know that international media is only getting its feed from these people because they have power, resources, and connections to do this. You know, a lot of people are insulted that you are only covering one side of the story,” Sasot told Head.

To which Head replied, “That’s not true. We have covered many sides.”

Sasot also said that she wanted to talk to the BBC team behind the production of Laurio’s BBC interview or that they should contact her after Head offered to talk to her about her issues with his reporting or the BBC in general. She insisted that the issue she wanted to know more about was which “powerful group” gave Laurio “access to BBC.”

Sasot even burst into tears during the confrontation which, despite the tension, still ended on a polite note.

Here’s another viral post containing the videos of Sasot’s confrontation with Head:

“Sass” even trended on Twitter in the evening of November 13.

Feminist leader Elizabeth Angsioco, who has been interviewed by international media organizations such as CNN and Wall Street Journal, among others, also echoed Isidro’s tweet.

“You do not contact them. They contact you. If your issue is relevant, THEY WILL CONTACT YOU,” she said.

Award-winning writer Miguel Syjuco also weighed in on the issue after reposting videos of the confrontation.

“Blogger Sass Sasot attacking a BBC reporter, cursing, raising her voice, irate that Jover Laurio of Pinoy Ako Blog was the only Pinoy blogger on the BBC. Sasot was upset that the news network gave a “minor blogger” what she calls “legitimacy.” Because apparently the only views that the world should hear about the Philippines and its government with almost absolute power are from the pro-DDS mob,” Syjuco wrote.

In the comments section, we spotted Laurio, the main subject of Sasot’s ire in the confrontation with BBC.

“My interview is more than a month ago na po. Hindi naman niya kailangan bastusin yung journalist. Ni hindi nga po yun ang nag interview po sa akin,” Sasot replied.

When a netizen asked her the same question Sasot asked Head about how her interview with the BBC unfolded, Laurio merely said that the UK-based broadcasting company reached out to her via Twitter.

Laurio also uploaded a screenshot of the Twitter direct message that someone from the BBC sent to her.

Uson addressed the issue of the confrontation by explaining that what Sasot did and the manner by which she talked to Head was not because she was arrogant but because it was her way of ensuring that she will be respected in the conversation. She added that given Sasot’s years of living in The Netherlands, she has grown used to their way of speaking, something that we, Filipinos, are not used to.

“Sa mga nag cocomment na arrogant daw si For the Motherland – Sass Rogando Sasot sa pakikipag usap sa BBC halatang hindi nila alam ang background at hindi napanuod ang buong video. Ayon nga po kay Sass, Hindi po kasi tayo sanay sa paguusap sa mga puti especially BRITON. Si Sass po ay taga Hague. Nag masters pa po siya doon. Nakakasama sa mga debate at mga confrontations,” Uson said.

“Alam niya paano makipag usap sa mga puti. Kung lalamya lamya ka they will not respect you. Sabi nga po niya normal ang ganyan sa kanila. Nabigla lang tayo dahil Pinoy tayo. Pag malamya ka sa pakikipagusap sa mga puti Briton o European yari ka sa argument. Kakayan kayanin ka nila. Wala kang panalo and they will not listen to you. Sanay kasi tayo sa bait baitan pag nakikipag usap. Iba po sa kanila. At sanay si Sass sa ganyan. Dahil taga dun siya at nag masters pa po siya doon,” she added.

Uson also provided three links to her own videos of the confrontation as well as the podcast that followed, featuring Sasot and another Duterte supporter, Rey Joseph Nieto.

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Comedienne Ethel Booba on dealing with fake news: ‘Libre ang Google, ‘wag kayong tanga’



While appearing as guest on a comedy talk show, comedienne Ethel Booba touched on the topic of fake news and politics.

Booba, whose real name is Ethyl Gabison, has become known for her tweets ending with her expression, “Charot!”

During her guest appearance on “Gandang Gabi Vice” aired on March 4 with fellow comedienne Ruffa Mae Quinto and with the host being Vice Ganda, Booba said she knows who the fake news peddlers are.

“Yung mga fake news talaga, kilala ko kayo,” she said.

The host prompted her by asking who they are.

“Starts with the letter ‘m,’” Booba replied.

Answering Vice’s question as to what letter it ends with, she jokingly said, “C.”

“Charot lang,” Booba said.

Despite her jokes, Booba offered a piece of advice on how to deal with fake news.

“Libre ang Google, ‘wag kayong tanga. Samantalahin ninyo,” she said.

“Alamin ang totoo kasi ‘di naman talaga yan ia-approve ng PAMET bago pumasok sa Google,” she added.

The PAMET she was referring to was the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists.

Some netizens noted that Booba might have thrown shade at Communications Assistant Mocha Uson.

“Ethel Booba shading @MochaUson as peddler of #fakenews on national TV,” tweeted @krizzy_kalerqui.

Just a few days ago, Booba made her own version of Uson’s survey on Twitter by asking the Twitterverse if they believed the survey Uson made asking people if EDSA People Power I was a product of fake news was also a product of fake news.

She also talked about TokHang when she said that if she were to be the voice behind Waze, she would tell the app users to avoid a cop so as not to fall victim to TokHang.

“Don’t turn right, there’s a policeman. Just turn left, para di ka matokhang,” Booba joked.

In one of her tweets on February 24, Booba also hit how fake news is similar to the drug problem – a plague to society.

“Same with drugs eh salot din sa lipunan yang fake news dahil madami ng utak ang sinira nyan. Charot!” she tweeted.

She later offered a suggestion on how to stop fake news from spreading on Facebook.

“Dapat bago makapagcreate ng @facebook account may exam. Papakitaan sila ng news then identify kung fake or legit. Kapag bumagsak di pwede create account. Charot!” Booba tweeted.

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PCG says Diño may face criminal raps for wearing Coast Guard uniform after falling for ‘bogus’ PCGA org



Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Martin Diño may face criminal charges and usurpation of authority for donning a Rear Admiral uniform when he was not entitled to do so after falling for a “bogus” Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) group.

The Philippine Coast Guard released a statement on March 4 saying Diño is not a member of their volunteer arm group.

“Records from the PCG Auxiliary membership disclosed that USEC Dino is not a legitimate member of the organization and hence not entitled to wear the PCGA uniform,” said PCG in their statement.

“The PCG has the right to file a formal complaint for usurpation of authority and other criminal laws that may be violated by the improper wearing of the organization’s rank and uniform,” it added.

Diño may have been victimized by a fake PCG Auxiliary group with its founder being connected to the Manila Yacht Club.

“[Diño] may have been misled and recruited by bogus PCG Auxiliary organization known for collecting money from its recruits. PCG is also checking reports that a certain Admiral Villanueva from Manila Yacht Club is behind this scheme,” the PCG statement read.


ABS-CBN asked for Diño’s side, but he referred them to “Admiral Villanueva,” who identified himself as Admiral Fred Villanueva of PCGA’s 101st Manila Yacht Club Squadron.

“Kami (101st MYC Squadron) ang kauna-unahang PCGA sa buong Pilipinas. Na-organize kami March 10, 1973,” Villanueva explained.

He also accused the current PCGA National Director and a former member of their organization, Valentine Prieto, of stealing the documents of the 101st MYC Squadron around 8 years ago. Villanueva said it was due to personal enmity after Prieto and other men were “kicked out of the Manila Yacht Club.” He added that Prieto then established their own auxiliary group at the Cultural Center.

Villanueva then turned to the PCG and threatened to sue them for accepting Prieto and his group.

“Ito namang Coast Guard, tinanggap sila (Prieto) na sila ang 101. Kaya ang gagawin namin idedemanda namin ang Coast Guard pati ang 101 PCGA, sina Prieto, sa ginawa nila sa amin,” he said.

After keeping their silence for years, Villanueva said that this publicized issue will now push their group to file charges against the PCG and PCGA.

“Huwag nila sasabihibn bogus kami. Kami ang kaunauan, sa amin nanggaling ‘yan (PCGA). We have hard evidence. Lahat ng dokumento hawak namin,” he said.

Villanueva also confirmed that he inducted Diño to his PCGA organization on January 25, 2018.

Under the Republic Act 9933 (PCG Law of 2010), only the PCG has the sole authority and responsibility over the PCGA membership and activities, said PCG spokesman Capt. Armand Balilo.

The PCG said that they will coordinate with Diño, who may have been recruited into a fake PCGA group known for collecting money from recruits.

Balilo added that Diño is welcome to join the PCGA if he so wishes.

A statement was released by the PCG after a photo of Diño in a Rear Admiral uniform, complete with two stars on the shoulder insignia, popped up on social media, leading some netizens to question his qualification in donning the uniform.

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Duterte supporters score Robredo over meme saying she’s ready to replace Duterte when needed, but that’s her mandate



Some supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte slammed Vice President Leni Robredo over a meme showing her saying that she is ready to replace the Philippine leader when needed.

The meme in question bore the words, “Handa akong palitan si Pangulong Duterte kung kinakailangan – VP Leni Robredo,” with a photo of her doing a salute that was taken during the 2017 celebration of the Philippine Independence Day.

It was shared on February 28 by the Facebook page “Duterte Solid Supporters” and has since been shared over a 100 times, as of writing.

Most of the over 200 comments on the post showed the President’s supporters hitting Robredo for saying what she allegedly said in the meme.

But we also found the meme being shared by other Facebook pages in July, September and November of last year.

This July 2017 post by the page “Resign Leni Robredo Resign” even got over a thousand shares.

It was then shared by Facebook pages “Solid Duterte OFW Supporters,” “Duterte Anti-Biased Media,” “Pres. Rody Duterte ‘Partner for Change,’” “Duterte-Marcos Tandem,” “Team Rody Duterte,” and “Duterte Solid Supporters.”

To get to the bottom of whether Robredo said what she allegedly said in the meme, MemeBuster found an article on published on May 9, 2017 that said, “’Am ready to replace DU30.”


The article quoted what Robredo said during an event called TERETalks in St. Theresa’s College on May 6, 2017. She was reported to have said: “Pero sa akin naman it’s part of the mandate. When I ran, nandoon na po iyong obligation ko, na if anything happens, I should be prepared to lead. Hindi ko nakakalimutan iyong mandato ko. Iyong mandato ko is that I should always be prepared.”

We found a transcript of the open forum during TERETalks and confirmed that Robredo did make that response.

Here’s a longer part of the transcript related to the one quoted above by Journal:

Q: Good afternoon, Madame VP. I represent part of your social media support team. We are the ones making bakbak there in social media. But my question is, we wanted to ask you, we all know that the old man in Malacanang is not very well and in case something happens to him, are you ready to ready to take over?

VP LENI: Ako naman po, I do not want to wish anything ill sa ating pangulo.

Q: We don’t wish that but it can happen, so actually I wish it.

VP LENI: Well I think I will get into trouble after this afternoon. Pero sa akin naman it’s part of the mandate. When I ran, nandoon na po iyong obligation ko, na if anything happens, I should be prepared to lead. Pero sa akin kasi, mas mabuti sana na nothing happens. Iyon na iyong ideal world. Nothing happens to the President, the President and the Vice president work well together. For the benefit of the nation.

Pero sa akin nama hindi ko nakakalimutan iyong mandato ko. Iyong mandato ko is that I should always be prepared.

What Robredo was trying to say that as vice president, it is in her mandate to be prepared in case something happens to the president. It comes as part of her duties as the “spare tire.”

Since the Duterte supporters scored her for saying that she is prepared to replace President Duterte when needed, are they saying Robredo should not do what she was mandated to do?

Months before this TERETalks response that Robredo made, her spokesperson Georgina Hernandez clarified that Robredo was not “in a hurry” to become President, as per President Duterte’s claims then.

“Alam naman po nating lahat na hindi ‘yan totoo dahil si VP Leni mismo ang nagsasabi na wala ‘yan sa kanyang mga plano at hindi po niya ‘yan kailanman gagawin,” Hernandez told GMA’s Unang Balita on March 20, 2017.

“Sana tingnan rin kung saan nanggagaling, wala naman po talagang ganu’ng plano at hindi nag-aapura si VP Leni sa kung anuman, kundi apurahin lang ‘yung mga sinimulan namin na programa para sa anti-poverty,” Hernandez clarified with the media at the sidelines of the Quezon City’s celebration of women’s month that was attended by Robredo.

“Wala sa kaniyang plano na magmadali o maging Pangulo,” she added.

In August 2016, a malicious spin was also given to Robredo’s response when she said that the Philippine Constitution does not give the VP real powers, “except to wait for something to happen to the President.”

This was spun by her detractors into how Robredo was practically saying that she was “waiting for Duterte to die.

Even Communications Asec. Mocha Uson, before she got the PCOO position, shared that spliced video of Robredo summarizing what the Constitution basically said about her mandate as VP.

One of Duterte’s supporters and Uson’s followers called her out for sharing the spliced video that was taken out of context and urged her to be a responsible Duterte supporter. She also agreed with Robredo’s rephrased version of a VP’s duty.

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