RAPPLER’S RESSA IS A COLOSSAL CON MAN

By Rigoberto D. Tiglao OR con woman, con person. Whatever. Rappler CEO and Editor in chief Maria Aycardo Ressa has successfully fooled Western media that she is a Filipino journalist with little means who is fighting her country’s authoritarian President bent on suppressing media dissent. The reality is that she is a well-off American citizen, […]

FIVE FACTS ABOUT EDSA WE DIDN’T KNOW AT THE TIME

By Rigoberto D. Tiglao MOST likely it is another case of the adage that history is written by the victors. But there are facts — now indisputable — that we didn’t know, or were hidden from public knowledge, during the February 1986 People Power Revolt and even three decades later. Perhaps because of the disillusionment […]

US ‘IDEOLOGICAL-IMPERIALIST’ BILLIONAIRE PUTS UP P30M FOR RESSA’S LEGAL EXPENSES

By Rigoberto D. Tiglao DON’T fall for the Yellows and US media’s portrayal of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa as a poor, helpless journalist being persecuted by the powerful state apparatus of the Philippine government. As an American citizen, she is protected by the most powerful nation on earth. Its embassy indeed issued a statement right […]

THE TRUTH ABOUT RESSA AND HER VILIFICATION OF DUTERTE

By Rigoberto D. Tiglao IF not for Maria Ressa and Rappler’s vilification campaign against President Duterte and the Philippines, and her success in getting foreign media entities to portray her as a heroine of press freedom, her journalism career would have crashed years ago. Ressa is, therefore, unlikely to give up her portrayal of herself […]

MARIA RESSA IS AN AMERICAN, BASHING THE PHILIPPINES SALVAGED HER DISTRESSED CAREER

By Rigoberto D. Tiglao Part 1 RAPPLER CEO and editor in chief Maria Angelita Aycardo Ressa is an American citizen, who of course uses US passports that identify her nationality. She has been deliberately, yet cleverly, hiding this fact. So have US media which rushed in, believing her lies against the Duterte administration, either because […]

BILLIONAIRE ZOBEL, SECRETIVE INVESTORS IN ANOMALOUS P38B PASSPORT DEAL

By Rigoberto D. Tiglao The fifth of a series IÑIGO Zobel, the country’s 11th richest billionaire, together with his secretive partners, own at least 40 percent of the company United Graphic Expressions Corp. (UGEC). The Aquino regime handed over to UGEC secretly and without any bidding the anomalous, but extremely lucrative P38-billion, 10-year contract to […]

AQUINO AND HIS OFFICIALS CONCEALED CRONY FIRM IN PASSPORT SCHEME

  (Fourth of a series)  ONE of the clearest indications that the P38-billion scheme for the production of the new machine-readable passports that former President Aquino 3rd and his officials engineered was rotten is the following. They strenuously concealed that it was a private firm United Graphic Expressions Corp. (UGEC), and not the government corporation […]

AQUINO CRONY DEAL FOR PASSPORT PRINTING: THE MOST BRAZEN CASE OF CORRUPTION EVER

(Third of a series) AFTER poring over the Commission on Audit’s detailed reports from 2015 to 2017 on the passport-printing contract given without any public bidding to a private firm, I was, to be honest, shocked at its brazenness. I can only describe it as a crony deal, since a contract that would generate P11 […]

AQUINO GOVT’S P38B PASSPORT-PRINTING CONTRACT: THE BIGGEST CASE OF CORRUPTION EVER?

  (Second of a series) THE only other explanation for this highly anomalous contract is that former President Aquino 3rd and his officials were so stupid beyond belief that they handed over to a private firm the lucrative monopoly to print the country’s new electronic passports. That contract will generate for the company an income […]

LOCSIN’S COLLEAGUES IN CORY GOVT BEHIND PASSPORT CONTROVERSY

By Rigoberto D. Tiglao (First of a Series) IN his acerbic, sound-bite style, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. tweeted that he’ll “eviscerate alive the Yellows who did the passport deal.” I’m sure he wasn’t aware — deliberately misinformed by his officials, most probably — that those responsible for the controversial contract given to a […]