MANILA, Philippines – On Monday, April 22, the Manila Times published an article claiming that media and human rights groups are part of a plot to oust the President. The article was written not by any of its editorial staff, but by the publication’s big boss himself, Chairman Emeritus Dante Ang, who was appointed special envoy for international public relations by President Rodrigo Duterte in May 2017. Ang’s fantastic story attempted to draw links between "Bikoy," an anonymous man who was featured in a video series entitled, "Ang totoong narco list (The real narco list)," which were distributed on social media in early April. It claimed, among other things that, "false narratives" are distributed to media and human rights groups through Vera Files president Ellen Tordesillas. The publicist falsely implicated groups Vera Files, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), Rappler, and the National Union of People's Lawyers ... » Learn More about FALSE: ‘Ouster plot’ against President Duterte ‘bared’
Trillanes case mutiny
More doubts were raised on Thursday on the credibility of new and expanded diagrams presented by Malacañang to show links among individuals and groups led by the opposition Liberal Party (LP) after two top female athletes were included in the alleged web of conspiracy to discredit President Duterte and his administration. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo could not explain why Hidilyn Diaz, the Asian Games 2018 female weightlifting gold medalist, and star volleyball player and TV host Gretchen Ho were listed in one of six matrices presented to reporters on Wednesday. The names of Diaz and Ho were in the diagram that centered on Rodel Jayme, who had admitted creating the website metrobalita.net that showed the first of five videos on “The Real Narcolist.” Jayme is now in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation. The videos featured “Bikoy,” who surfaced on Monday and identified himself as Peter Joemel Advincula, repeating his allegations that members of the ... » Learn More about Panelo can’t explain why sportswomen on ‘matrix’
MANILA, Philippines – He’s either a shameless, well-trained prevaricator, a repentant truth-teller, or someone caught in between. 57-year-old Edgar Matobato appeared twice before partisan senators who grilled him and tried to assert that his shocking revelations about the infamous Davao Death Squad (DDS) and President Rodrigo Duterte were too incredible to be true. Practically illiterate after completing only Grade 1 many decades ago, he was made to look stupid and inconsistent in his narration of what he knew. The son of a forest ranger who planted coffee and corn to support his family, the short, stocky Edgar with streaks of silver hair showed little traces of a man who had witnessed and even participated in the killing of hundreds of people – many of them criminals who were a menace to Davao. They were drug pushers, snatchers, hold-uppers, land-grabbers, and they all deserved to die, he thought. Edgar took pride in his job. He says his was among ... » Learn More about Edgar Matobato: Liar or truth-teller?