Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Scandalous Mess That Maria Ressa Of Rappler Left In ABS-CBN Shocks The Netizens

October 07, 2018
Maria Ressa of Rappler, photo from ABS-CBN News
Maria Ressa of Rappler is widely known for her fierce way of defending what she believes in. Nowadays, she is often seen as the straight talker CEO and owner of Rappler. But what some people do not know, or may have forgotten, is that she was once the Senior Vice President of ABS-CBN.

A guy who used to work in ANC revealed what a mess Maria Ressa left at ABS-CBN.

Woman of substance

In 2005, ABS-CBN added Maria Ressa to their roster of their board as a News Consultant. Because of her American Standard of journalism, she was chosen to help overhaul ABS-CBN News.

While she was there, it has not been quiet. She actually had two controversies that stuck to her. First, she fired 35 employees, which were supposedly just putting weight in the company. The second is the most scandalous, she had cheated on her long term partner with ABS-CBN Producer Lilibeth Frondoso.

Or not

All admirations from the employees that regarded Maria high all fell off the drain when the woman who they considered as a woman of principle, who never accepted bribes and always tell them to e fearless, is not caught in an unethical controversy.

Maria, who was an affirmation addict, according to the revelation, was used by Frondoso because she was supposedly a part of the 35 who got fired.

New life

Needless to say, Frondoso, who was once a wife of a NPA hired killer and who rented a home in Quezon City now lives in a gated community in Greenhills. Her days of shopping at Isettan was replaced by her “pa-sosyal” shopping hobby at VirraMall.
An upgrade, indeed it was. Today, they are both working in Rappler where Maria continues her fight for journalism, which is not the majority of people’s taste, by the way.

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By Justice

Disclosure: I used to work in ANC.

I used to watch Maria Ressa on CNN back in the days. You can imagine how happy I was when I heard that she was coming on board as a News Consultant to ABS-CBN to give our news organization the overhaul that it needed. Her ideas were fresh and her positive vibe was infectious. I was glad that Maria came on board. Many controversies hounded Maria during her tenure, but there were two controversial moves that haunted her the most.

1. When she fired 35 people. (Frankly, the 35 people she axed needed to go.)

2. When she had an affair with the Producer, Lilibeth Frondoso while she was in a long time relationship with another woman.

Frankly, it’s really none of our business who Maria goes out with. It’s not really the fact that Maria Ressa is a Lesbian that shocked us, after all that was in 2005. We were a progressive bunch and a lot of our news reporters were out and Gay that we loved dearly.

No, it wasn’t the news that Maria Ressa was a lesbian that was shocking.

What shocked us was:

1. Maria, A woman of principles, who turn down bribes and tells us to be fearless, is cheating on her current long term partner. I had many conversations with Maria, and I wouldn’t think she was the cheating kind. If this was in the US newsroom, this was grounds for termination. If this was in America, she’d stepped down because Gen Petreus dishonored his position. Maria Ressa’s standards are American. In fact, that’s why she was brought to the newsroom, to uplift the standard of Philliipine Journalism to the Standards used in US! Maria authored the ethical code of conduct! Cheating is not a good ethical conduct, and with someone from the office? Professionalism out of the window.

2.Sad to say, the Producer, Lilibeth Frondoso is not worth leaving anyone for. Why? On a superficial level, she’s not a looker. On her background, we knew she has 3 children (she was proud of them) and the father, a member of the NPA group, Alex Boncayao brigade. Her career? A lackluster performance at ABS-CBN. Underperformer. Why would Maria leave her longterm partner for this kind of person? Plus, Lilibeth, despite her siga nature, was known to be STRAIGHT. People doubted that she was a lesbian even with her belly and boycut hair.

People at the office said that Beth went for Maria for survival because Beth was supposed to be part of the 35 who was going to get fired.

Maria, on the other hand, needed allies. Beth provided her with support to continue with the “good fight”� that her current partner couldn’t provide, that’s why Maria went with her. People close to Maria also said that Maria, despite her accomplishments was an affirmation addict. Beth new this vulnerability and insecurity of Maria and she latched on it.

It really shouldn’t matter who Maria goes out with, but this relationship affected the newsroom. Their affair lowered the morale of the newsroom where promotions and achievements were based on merit and good performance, not on who you go out with. Beth acted like she owned the newsroom. Beth was not impressive as a Producer. Her lackluster performance inside the newsroom was covered because she delegated, and she hired people who were better than her. She was quiet and private, but she never hid the fact that she was going out with Maria, who was already promoted as Head of News.

My view on Maria changed after learning she was going out with Beth Frondoso. Maria, with all her credentials and achievements turns out has no taste and settled when it came to women. I couldn’t believe eto lang ang katapat niya. Kala ko pa naman, sosyal si Maria. Then after thinking about it, It’s not as if Maria Ressa is a looker herself. Short, Dark and with Skin Asthma, what Maria going for her is that she’s rich.

Beth is far from sosyal. Pa sosyal, pwede pa. After they started their affair, Beth was suddenly heard speaking English, a language she hasn’t mastered, but at least she tries.

So magka level sila.

Beth has been on the receiving end of this relationship. After working in ABS-CBN for 11 years, she moved to CNN as the Manila stringer, now she’s working at Rappler along side her lover. Beth has no shame in this. What do you take for a woman who steals another woman, her boss no less, why would accepting jobs she didn’t earn be an issue to her?

Beth admitted to a confidant in the newsroom that Maria took her places that she herself would never go, and that people like Karen Davila, Kim Atienza, Ces Drilon, noticed her unlike before when they *just* regarded her as one of the Producers. She now gained respect, not for her work, but because she’s now Maria Ressa’s buttercup.

What was kadiri to death was the story that one time, Beth went inside Maria’s office one afternoon. Though the door was closed, people heard pants and heavy breathing. When they both left the office, Maria with her dark complexion, looked flushed. Beth smugly told someone in the newsroom that she fingered Maria in the office. This is Beth’s way of showing who was in charge between the two of them.

We wondered who was the Alpha Male between the two, but we all said the person with money is in control of the relationship.

In fairness to Beth and Maria, theirs was a happy ending. Maria used to live in Makati, Beth used to live in Quezon City in a rented house with her 3 children, namely Lejuene who graduated from Interior Design from UP, Uyo an Engineering student at UPLB and Luis, a highschool senior from Claret. None of them took after their hoodlum father, thank God! Now, the entire family lives in Greenhills in a gated community where Beth likes to shop in VirraMall. This is an upgrade from her Isettan days. Beth’s 3 children didn’t approve of Maria at first, but they all relented when they realized that Maria pays for their tuition and standards of living, something their father, Lejune De La Cruz, a gun man for hire can’t provide.

At work, Maria Ressa fought Luchi Cruz Valdez, Charie Villa, Chi Gonzales and Cheryl Favila. Maria was not well liked by Charo Santos. Maria had difficulty with authority and with people who have ideas who are better than hers. This is one of the reason why the people at Rappler are young, and not senior with substance like at Abs-cbn. Maria also got the Abs-cbn rejects like Rupert Ambil, who Beth once had a relationship with before Maria. Correction, Beth TRIED to have a relationship with Rupert but was rejected immediately.

I tell this story because Maria Ressa used to be my idol, until she let go of her own principles for this woman at the expense of the newsroom’s values of fairness, meritocracy and ideals.

I’m just glad that she’s no longer at ABS-CBN, the most powerful news organization in the Philippines, and is now at Rappler. Rappler is nothing. They say that she created Rappler to remain relevant to the Philippines, after all, who is she without a job? A job that defines her as a person.

Now I read that she’s protecting a 40something couple. Hmmn, I guess she hasn’t changed after all. Lies, going behind people’s back, limited disclosure reminds me when she was having an affair in the newsroom of Abs-cbn. Some things never changed. 

Source: Eric Clark Su

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Lea Salonga on inflation: 'Dapat nating tingnan, kung ito ba ay nangyari na rin dati sa nakaraang administrasyon, at kung nagalit din ba tayo noon'

October 06, 2018
Lea Salonga, photo from Youtube
World-renowned artist Lea Salonga is known for her very diplomatic and unbiased opinions even about politics. When asked about inflation, she answered with so much class that netizens couldn’t help but admire her.

Inflation for the rich

In an interview at her 40th anniversary event, Salonga was asked if she was affected by inflation, and what her opinion is regarding the matter.

She said yes, of course, she is also affected. Like a lot of people, she also doesn’t like it when her electricity bills goes up, or the price of the vegetables go up.

However, before getting angry and blaming the government, her answer encourages critical thinking when she said that it should be asked whether inflation also happened during the past administration and whether the people got angry before.

This raises the issue that if it did happen before and the people did not get angry, then maybe they are just angry with the administration. Meanwhile, if it did happen before and the people also got angry, then it is time to find a solution to why it is happening in the first place.
“We are affected to the point where there are certain goods and services that we buy that are affected, I mean that I don’t like to see my electric bill go up, I don’t like it when the price of vegetables, I mean we buy locally grown produce and when you see price has changed, is it like ‘why?'”

“And then you wonder, you gotta wonder.. it is if we’re angry about this, we have to see if it’s happened in previous administrations before and if we got angry then too… And if it happened before and didn’t get angry then we might examine why that is,”

Not 100%

When asked if she liked President Rodrigo Duterte, her answer was honest and unbiased. According to her, you can’t 100% like something. There will always be certain parts that you won’t like.
As per her opinion on the president, there are appointees that she liked and there those that she doesn’t. There are situations that she liked and there were those that she thinks are not nice.

“You can’t like everything, and you never will. You can like some things, and that is fine. That’s as diplomatic as I can be about it.”

Watch the video below:

Source: | Youtube

Here’s the reaction of PCOO USec Badoy on Mocha’s resignation

October 06, 2018
PCOO Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy and Mocha Uson, photo from DailyPedia
PCOO Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy refuted the claims coming from Mocha Uson’s camp that she, together with Secretary Martin Andanar and Director Harold Clavite are instrumental in the decision of Uson to resign from the PCOO.

No Need To Resign

Usec Badoy shared a lengthy post on Facebook explaining her thoughts on the controversial resignation of the popular Asec. Mocha Uson from the PCOO. She bared that Uson doesn’t really need to resign before the congress would release the budget for the PCOO. All she needed to do was to submit herself and answer the queries from the congressmen. The congress has the right to ask, and the PCOO has the obligation to answer.

Badoy explained that it is not even Uson who will personally answer the questions, because they a sponsor in Congressman Olivarez who will be answering the questions for them.

Bad People Around Her

The PCOO Usec also revealed that what caused the downfall of Mocha Uson is her wrong choice of people to surround her. Uson is good at heart, but the people around her is another matter. Badoy claims that the people surrounding Uson are incompetent people with questionable qualifications. They have no principles, and think so highly of themselves.

The so-called friends of Mocha are really opportunists who see Uson as their ticket to be closer to the president. People who use the Asec for their own selfish agenda even at the expense of Mocha, and the unfortunate thing? Mocha is too blind to see it coming.

Her friendship with Drew Olivar was a clear example of her friends damaging her reputation. Olivar’s insensitive comments against disabled people drew the ire of even the most loyal Mocha supporters. But instead of distancing herself to Olivar, she chose to defend him.

Advice To Mocha

In the end of her lengthy post she gave Mocha Uson some sound advice, an advice not coming from an enemy, but from someone who cares and want the best for Mocha.

“So in this new chapter in Asec Mocha’s life, this is my wish for her—that she learn to love herself enough so she gets rid of people who just use her no matter what it costs her. May she find people who will truly love her, see her as precious and not see her as commodity or as stepping stone to their own disgusting ambition.”

Here are some of the reactions from the netizens:

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Uson Now Out Of The Government’s Shackles, This Is Just The Beginning Of Her Career, Garrie Says

October 04, 2018

Adam Garrie of Eurasia Future posted another political blog pertaining to Mocha Uson’s resignation as Assistant Secretary of Presidential Communications Operations Office. According to Garrie, no less than 24 hours of Mocha’s announcement of stepping down her governmental position, the “dilawans” have expressed list of contempt pointed directly towards Uson.

A New Wave of Political Representation 
Garrie believes that Mocha has a modernized political mentality which the old men and women critics from the Liberal Party refuse to adapt. She is then the representation of politic’s new form of opinion makers in the country. He then claims that their success in putting Mocha out of the latter’s official position does not clearly impose the end of a career but just the beginning of an empowered and freer Uson to be franker in expressing her viewpoints as she no longer represents a government entity.

Advocacies In The Future 

One of Mocha’s advocacy is the ending of Imperial Manila where the wealth of the country is being siphoned out and promote federalism to strengthen every region in the Philippines and benefit on their own resource. Also, the fierce commentator and blogger dedicated her time to explore the possibility of parliamentary-federal democracy in replacement of our present congressional system.
Garrie saw Mocha’s interview with Orion Perez discussing on the benefits of the parliamentary system. And for him, it is an affirmation that Mocha has a wide platform to reach those important voices in the political arena and provide them the stage they so deserve.

Importance of Uson in the Politics 

The director of Eurasia Future then believes in Mocha’s presence outside the government’s shadow is more important than being in a government position. He thinks that as an avid supporter of the President, Mocha has already changed and opened the minds of millions on different matters and issues each day.

Mocha is the voice of the masses and stepping down on her position is just the beginning of her career.

Tables Turned: It’s Not Duterte, It’s Joma Sison Who Is Dying

October 04, 2018

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. bared that contrary to what Jome Sison is claiming that President Duterte is dying, it is the CPP founding chairman who is sick and dying.

Healthy President

It can be remembered that Joma Sison was spreading the rumor that the president is sick and dying, basing from the color of the president’s skin he said, which had black spots that usually are the signs of failing kidneys.

However, the president has proven time and again during his many public appearances that he is in the thick of health. Even during times of disaster like the recent Ompong onslaught, the president were among the first to personally visit the affected areas, proof that he is in good healthy condition.

Dying Sison

In an interview with the media recently, NSA Esperon Jr. said that it is the communist leader who is sick and dying. His appearance has greatly deteriorated because of his sickness.

“Look at his face. Isn’t he sick? That is expected, but let me not go into details.. But he is seriously ill.” Esperon said when asked about Sison.
President Rodrigo Duterte also confirmed the news of the communist leader’s failing health.
He said that Joma Sison is afflicted with Colon cancer and is dying.

“What’s wrong with Sison is that he is suffering from cancer of the colon, the intestines. He has been operated several times but the cancer spread to his Pancreas.”

Not Ready To Accept It

Despite the obvious deterioration of Sison’s health, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) still maintains that their leader is as strong as ever. And all the news about him dying are nothing but fake news.

They oppose the governments initiative for localized peace talks, saying that this is an old tactic that is doomed to fail. The government however thinks that Sison and the other communist leaders are opposing the localized talks in fear that it will sideline them, and they will lose their power and influence among their members.