Raffy Alunan Expose: Mainstream media's misleading news "Threat to Democracy" report on Pres. Duterte - The Daily Sentry

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Raffy Alunan Expose: Mainstream media's misleading news "Threat to Democracy" report on Pres. Duterte

Former DILG Secretary Rafael "Raffy" Alunan, photo compiled from Facebook
Ang dating DILG Secretary Rafael "Raffy" Alunan ay naglantad ng isa pang disinformation at nakaliligaw na artikulo ng mainstream media sa Pilipinas para sa kontrobersyal na artikulo mula sa United States Intelligence Community tungkol kay Pres. Rody Duterte.

Ang mga pangunahing news outlets sa bansa ay nag-ulat na si Pres. Rody Duterte ay isang "threat to democracy" sa Timog Silangang Asya na binabanggit ang mga ulat mula sa U.S. Intelligence Community, na inihanda ni Daniel R. Coats, Director for National Intelligence, na may petsang Pebrero 13, 2018.

Sa maingat na pagsusuri ng World Threat Assestment ng U.S. Intelligence Community, pinatunayan ni Raffy Alunan na walang nagsasabi doon o nagpapahiwatig sa anumang paraan na ang Pres. Rody Dutere ay isang banta sa demokrasya sa rehiyon ng Timog-silangang Asya.

Pinost din ni Alunan ang mga orihinal na dokumento tungkol sa assessment ng Estados Unidos sa Pilipinas at sa iba pang bahagi ng Asya. Sa kabila ng malinaw na ulat ng U.S. Intel Community, ang mga pangunahing balita sa Pilipinas ay patuloy na naglalabas ng isang artikulo na nakasentro sa saligan na ang Pres. Duterte ay isang "threat to democracy."

Narito ang kumpletong pahayag ni Sir Raffy Alunan:


Well, here it is. I looked for the report - Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community - prepared by Daniel R. Coats, Director for National Intelligence, dated 13 February 2018. I copied the pertinent portion that referred to the region and to PRRD. The local headlines and published "report" is FAKE NEWS. There is NOTHING there that says or suggests in any way that PRRD is a threat to democracy in the SEA region.

Judge for yourself:

"Southeast Asia

Democracy and human rights in many Southeast Asian countries will remain fragile in 2018 as autocratic tendencies deepen in some regimes and rampant corruption and cronyism undermine democratic values. Countries in the region will struggle to preserve foreign policy autonomy in the face of Chinese economic and diplomatic coercion.

• Cambodian leader Hun Sen will repress democratic institutions and civil society, manipulate government and judicial institutions, and use patronage and political violence to guarantee his rule beyond the 2018 national election. Having alienated Western partners, Hun Sen will rely on Beijing’s political and financial support, drawing Cambodia closer to China as a result.

• The crisis resulting from the exodus of more than 600,000 Rohingyas from Burma to Bangladesh will threaten Burma’s fledgling democracy, increase the risk of violent extremism, and provide openings for Beijing to expand its influence.


• In the Philippines, President Duterte will continue to wage his signature campaign against drugs, corruption, and crime. Duterte has suggested he could suspend the Constitution, declare a “revolutionary government,” and impose nationwide martial law. His declaration of martial law in Mindanao, responding to the ISIS-inspired siege of Marawi City, has been extended through the end of 2018.

• Thailand’s leaders have pledged to hold elections in late 2018, but the new Constitution will institutionalize the military’s influence."

Government should hunt down the bastards, here and abroad, who fed this to the mainstream media who, in turn, published it without verifying. There are appropriate legal mechanisms to teach all of them a neat lesson in responsible citizenship they'll never forget till they breathe their last.

My apologies to the U.S. for letting off steam in defense of PRRD trusting that mainstream media verified the story beforehand. This only strengthens the belief that it can no longer be trusted as an independent non-partisan watchdog. They're just dogs feeding on the bones doled out to them.

Source: Rafael Alunan III